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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Natural Resource Management

Natural Resource Management provides students with a foundational understanding of a broad range of natural resource systems as well as an understanding of the environmental systems and social sciences to better understand how decisions are made regarding the use and protection of those systems. Students completing this program earn the degree Bachelor of Science in Environment and Natural Resources. Students have the opportunity to specialize in the following areas:

Parks and Recreation This specialization focuses on the many benefits we receive from outdoor recreation and provides the knowledge and skills necessary to manage outdoor recreation areas and users.
Natural Resource Administration and Management This specialization provides the tools needed to administer and oversee programs to protect and manage our environment.
Sustainable Agriculture This specialization allows students to gain knowledge and practical experience in the development of sustainable agriculture.
Possible Career Options
Community Development Specialist Education Specialist
Eco-Tourism Business Owner Information Director
Naturalist Outdoor Recreation Manager
Park Manager or Ranger River Guide
Zoo Educator  
Classes and Curriculum
Parks and Recreation Students will take classes in business, communication, law, program planning, and focused training in a particular aspect of recreation through courses in forestry, fisheries, wildlife, soil and water, visitor services, or zoo science and management.
Natural Resource Administration and Management Students will take courses in leadership, finance, law, program planning, and communication as well as take courses in forestry, fisheries, wildlife, soil and water, sustainable agriculture, visitor services, or zoo science and management. 
Sustainable Agriculture Students will take classes in sustainable agriculture and food systems, soil resource management, sociology of agriculture and food systems as well as take courses in environmental, production, social, policy, economic, and business dimensions.
After Graduation
76.2% 9.5% 14.3%

* Numbers are based on responses from graduates at six months post-graduation date.

** Average Salary: $34,686

Getting Involved
Esther DeBusk
Scholars and Recruitment Coordinator
School of Environment and Natural Resources
(614) 688-1904


Hannah Zimmerman
Coordinator of Prospective Student Services
(614) 247-6685