of students who apply are offered CAFNR scholarships
Take courses needed for certification
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.
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.
This degree will prepare you for a variety of careers, including:
- Fisheries Biologist
- Community Forester
- Interpretive Naturalist
- Wildlife Biologist
- Consulting Forester
- Land Steward
- Resource Forester
- Conservation Biologist
- Natural Resources Educator
Choosing 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.
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.
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. Areas of study include environmental economics, natural resources policy and outdoor interpretation.
Combine interests in wildlife management and forestry. This area prepares you to manage natural resources on a larger scale to both conserve biodiversity and satisfy the needs of society for renewable natural resources.
Previous 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 Resources Policy
- Ecosystem Management
- Principles of Environmental Education
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.
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