Natural Resource Science and Management

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by Society of American Foresters, The Wildlife Society and American Fisheries Society

Create, manage, conserve and restore natural and urban ecosystems sustainably, while meeting goals and needs of society. Apply what you learn to conserving plant and animal species in forests, grasslands, rivers, streams, and in urban areas.

Career Opportunities

Acquire a broad knowledge of ecosystems through coursework exploring biological, physical, social, political and managerial sciences while earning your natural resource science and management degree from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

Girl handles falconThis degree will prepare you for a variety of careers, including:

  • Fisheries Biologist
  • Community Forester
  • Interpretive Naturalist
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Ecologist
  • Consulting Forester
  • Land Steward
  • Resource Forester
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Ornithologist
  • Natural Resources Educator

Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources BuildingChoosing an emphasis area will provide you depth of knowledge and help with career preparation:

Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences

Balance the needs of wildlife with the needs of people. Combine interests in conserving wildlife habitat, protecting endangered species, and learning to manage wild animal populations. Fisheries and wildlife biologists are often employed by state and federal agencies, private companies, and conservation organizations.

Forest Resources

Foresters are stewards of the land. They not only care about trees, but also care about the land trees grow on and other plants and animals in the forest. Protect wildlife habitats and the environment while meeting the ever-growing demand for wood products, clean water, outdoor recreation and scenic beauty.

Human Dimensions

Link the natural sciences with the social sciences to address questions about how people’s attitudes, knowledge, values and behaviors impact management of our natural resources. Human dimensions specialists have careers in environmental economics, natural resources policy and outdoor interpretation.

Terrestrial Ecosystems

Combine interests in wildlife management and forestry. Biologists with this degree manage natural resources on a larger scale to both conserve biodiversity and satisfy the needs of society for renewable natural resources.

Great Horned OwlPrevious Internship Highlights

State and federal agencies: Missouri Department of Conservation, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Forest products/Tree harvesting: International Paper, Green Bay Packaging, Weyerhaeuser, Deltic Timber, Pioneer Forest, Davey Tree

Zoos, aquariums, veterinarians and wildlife rescue organizations: Monterey Bay Aquarium, Alaska SeaLife Center, St. Louis Zoo, Endangered Wolf Center, National Tiger Sanctuary

Core Areas of Study

  • Forest Ecology
  • Animal Population Dynamics & Management
  • Natural Resource Policy
  • Ecosystem Management
  • Principles of Environmental Education

Major requirements for Natural Resource Science and Management degree

Courses for Natural Resource Science and Management degree

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Related Minor

A minor in captive wild animal management can supplement a natural resource science and management degree. Through coursework in animal, fisheries and wildlife, and biological sciences, you will learn to combine conservation, management and scientific principles to provide the background for a career in the care of wild animals.

Check out additional minor opportunities

Clubs & Organizations

  • MU Forestry Club
  • The Wildlife Society
  • Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences Society
  • Student Association of Fire Ecology
  • Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences