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Natural Resource Management

Water science and policy masters students conduct researhc
Water science and policy masters students are researching how climate and weather affect how carbon and nutrients are lost or transformed in small water sheds and pushed out into larger watersheds.

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department of Applied Economics and Statistics


Make a difference in the environment


Natural Resource Management majors enjoy the unique nature of an interdisciplinary program that combines economics, policy, and science in an effort to study and manage our natural resources and environment.  Environmental problems are a complex web of technical, social, and policy choices and this world needs skilled individuals to solve these real world problems.  How do you best manage endangered species? When is cap and trade likely to best solve pollution problems? What policies will enable the developing world to grow sustainably? These are just some of the questions you will investigate while delving into your coursework and planning your future.   

Areas of study

  • Resource Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Designing surveys and social experiments
  • Environmental Law
  • Wildlife Conservation and Ecology
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Community Economic Development

Career options

  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Protection Specialist
  • Natural Resource Educator
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Natural Resource and Environmental Control
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Geographic Information System Analyst
  • Peace Corps Volunteer

Graduate Programs

  • Environmental Science
  • Conservation Biology
  • Resource Economics
  • Environmental Law
  • Urban Affairs and Public Policy
  • Coastal Zone Management
  • Economic Policy Analysis
  • Water Resource Policy

What’s special about this program?

If you are the type of person with the energy and desire to make a difference in the environment, you have found your home.  Through an interdisciplinary approach including the study of natural sciences, mathematics and statistics, economics and public policy, you will understand and be provided the skills to develop, tackle, and solve environmental problems.   You will couple this with strong foundational communication coursework and computer and data competence. You will have the opportunity to create a "plan of action" best suited to your individual career goals by working with a faculty advisor on one or more minors in fields that you choose.  This approach allows you to work with expert faculty in several departments allowing for exposure to a diversity of opinions, ideas, research projects, internships, and more enabling you to stand out in the marketplace!

Get involved

Ag Ambassadors

Agricultural College Council (AgCC)

Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity (AGR)

Alpha Zeta (AZ)

Animal Science Club

Collegiate 4-H

Collegiate FFA

Design Articulture (DART)

Ducks Unlimited

The Entomology Club

Equestrian Team

Food Science Club

Horticulture Club

National AgriMarketing Association (NAMA)

Sigma Alpha Sorority (SA)

Volunteers for Intercultural and Definitive Adventures (VIDA)

The Wildlife Society

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Sample curriculum



Introduction to Data Analysis

Economics of Agriculture and Natural Resources


CHEM101/103 or 102/104

General Chemistry



Seminar in Composition




Wildlife Conservation and Ecology



Calculus I

Calculus II




First Year Experience



University and College Breadth Courses



Sustainable Development



Introductory Biology I



Introductory Biology II



Introduction to Microeconomics   



Introduction to Macroeconomics



Introduction to Soil Science and lab



Group Requirement


  University and College Breadth Courses

Resource Economics



Environmental Economics



Geographic Information Systems in Natural Resource Management



Group Requirements



University and College Breadth Courses



Topics in Environmental Law



Group Requirements






University and College Breadth Courses