The Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation’s Natural Resources Conservation major prepares students for conservation-oriented careers emphasizing the interaction between people and nature. The curriculum includes a multidisciplinary mix of College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciencesses and projects that immerse students not only in both the natural and social sciences, but also in the real-world contexts in which land management takes place. This major has the following three options.
The Conservation and Recreation Management option provides students with knowledge and skills in the natural sciences, planning, policy, and communications useful for employment in government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private industries promoting conservation and recreation. Students graduate with skills in managing land, water, wildlife, forests, and other natural systems for multiple uses, in particular conservation and recreation. Courses in the curriculum emphasize ecological and natural sciences as well as planning, tourism, business, psychology, and social sciences.
The Environmental Education option is for students interested in careers as environmental educators or interpreters at nature centers, parks, tourism sites, or other areas, or as teachers in elementary schools. It offers a balance of natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities, providing graduates with a broad appreciation and understanding of contemporary natural resource issues. The curriculum is designed to provide all necessary undergraduate coursework for graduates to move directly into a master of education or alternative licensure to teach at the elementary school level.
The Natural Resources Science option is for students interested in careers as teachers of earth sciences and/or agricultural or environmental education in middle and high schools or in non-formal settings. Alternatively, beCollege of Architecture and Urban Studiese of their strong science background, graduates from this option can find work with environmental consultancies or pursue graduate studies in natural resource disciplines. The curriculum provides hands-on field experience in natural resource management, experiences useful to graduates who follow education paths. The curriculum is designed to provide all necessary undergraduate coursework for graduates to move directly into a master of education or alternative licensure to teach at the high school level.