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Natural Resource Management and Sustainability

Students in this area of emphasis learn spatial skills, hydrology and soil sciences, or tree care and management in community settings through three different pathways:

Community Forestry and Arboriculture

Geospatial Information Science

Water and Soil Resources

The natural resource management and sustainability major is suited for students interested in working to better understand our environment, but who seek a more flexible curriculum. This degree combines courses in biological and ecological sciences, natural resource management and social sciences, preparing graduates to address complex natural resource challenges.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the community forestry and arboriculture program may work as tree, forest, and environmental advocates for interest groups and nongovernmental organizations, municipal foresters, commercial forest health care providers, and community planners, designers, and consultants. Graduates are also encouraged to become certified arborists through the International Society of Arboriculture. Arborists may work for commercial tree health care and estate management firms, municipal governments, non-government organizations, and utility providers.

Graduates of the other areas of emphasis in this major are in high demand across the spectrum of natural resource-related employers. Increasingly, employers require training in geospatial analysis and range from forest products companies—who use the technology to identify wood supply zones and better schedule truck delivery routes—to public agencies that use the technology to delineate habitat for threatened or endangered species.

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