Natural Resource Science and Management

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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 urban areas.

Career Opportunities

Explore biological, physical, social, political and managerial sciences. Choose an emphasis area to prepare for a variety of careers:

  • Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences. Balance the needs of wildlife with the needs of people in conserving wildlife habitat, protecting endangered species, and learning to manage wild animal populations.
  • Forest Resources. 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 natural sciences with social sciences to address questions about how people impact natural resources.
  • Terrestrial Ecosystems. Manage natural resources on a larger scale to conserve biodiversity and renewable natural resources.

Career Possibilities Include

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

Internships & Employment

  • Bartlett Tree Experts
  • US Forest Service
  • Independent Stave Company
  • Missouri Department of Conservation
  • Missouri Department of Natural Resources
  • Soil Health Assessment Center
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Washington University
  • Davey Tree Service
  • Pioneer
  • St. Louis Zoo
  • Cincinnati Zoo
  • Grant’s Farm

Hands-On Learning

A wide array of opportunities showcase the College’s signature research, education and outreach programs that provide experience for our students.

  • Learning Labs. In CAFNR, you can dive into real-world experiences at our research centers that specialize in natural resource science and management: Baskett Research Center and the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center.
  • Internships. Missouri is ranked third in the nation in conservation spending so you won’t have to go far to find a relevant internship. Opportunities for internships exist with state and federal agencies, MU faculty members, industry and non-profit organizations. On-thejob training will provide invaluable experience that will serve you well after graduation.

Classes You Might Take

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  • Emphasis in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences
  • Emphasis in Forest Resources
  • Emphasis in Human Dimensions
  • Emphasis in Terrestrial Ecosystems

Signature Experience

One of the many unique experiences available for natural resource science and management students is a signature study abroad program. Explore protection and management of tropical ecosystems through CAFNR’s study abroad experience in Belize.

Download the degree program overview (PDF)


Minor in Natural Resource Science and Management

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

Current Student Q&A

Q&A with Kyle Watkinson, natural resource science and management