Natural Resources, BS

"UMC has done a better job of preparing students for
natural resources work than any college I've seen!"

--Paul Swenson, former regional director, Minnesota DNR

If you have an interest in conservation, science, and nature, let the great outdoors become your classroom at University of Minnesota Crookston. Here you will be prepared for a rewarding career managing our natural resources for current and future generations. Natural Resources is a broad program involving resource conservation and recreation to balance the needs of people and the sustainability of ecosystems. Students choose an emphasis that matches their conservation interests: Ecological Restoration, Natural Resources Aviation, Natural Resources Law Enforcement, Natural Resources Management, Park Management, Water Resource Management, or Wildlife Management.

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UMC's bachelor of science (B.S.) in natural resources provides an integrated approach to soil and water conservation, wildlife and fisheries management, forestry, and recreation. This combination enables graduates to work with a variety of resources and people and to build a career tailored to their interests. Students select one of the following emphases: ecological restoration, natural resources aviation, natural resources law enforcement, natural resources management, park management, water resource management, and wildlife management.

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  • Natural resources pilot-biologist for state, federal and private agencies, such as U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, State Departments of Natural Resources and more
  • Law enforcement positions with U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Sky Marshals, F.A.A. Inspectors and more
  • Land management positions with county soil and water conservation districts, game farms and hunting preserves and more
  • Park management for municipal, county, state and national parks and more
  • Conservation officers for watershed districts, hydrology branches of state natural resource agencies and more
  • Wildlife management positions with state and federal wildlife and land management agencies and more

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Related Majors and Minors

If you are interested in Natural Resources, check out these other majors and minors offered by the University of Minnesota Crookston that are similar or could serve as a double major.