Natural Resource Conservation
- Participate in local sustainability activities and service learning.
- Observe what environmental education and stewardship looks like by studying abroad in places like Costa Rica, Norway, Australia and New Zealand.
Your NRC degree has two options to get you closer to your professional goals. Many courses fulfill requirements in both, so declaring an option isn’t immediately necessary. Download course checksheets for the current academic year.
Professor of Natural Resource Policy and Administration, and Senior Executive, Office of Vice President for Research and Economic DevelopmentView Profile
Professor, NRS Undergraduate Coordinator; Editor, Journal of Community Engagement and ScholarshipView Profile
CSS 125 Introduction to Conservation and Natural Resources
CSS 235 Society and Natural Resources
CSS 250 Environmental Problem Solving
CSS 299 (s) Directed Study
CSS 304 Conservation Social Sciences Field Studies
CSS 310 Social Research Methods in Conservation
CSS 364 Politics of the Environment
CSS 383 Natural Resource and Ecosystem Service Economics
CSS 385 Conservation Management and Planning I
CSS 387 Environmental Communication Skills
CSS 398 (s) Internship
CSS 390 Environmental Decision Making
CSS 400 (s) Seminar
CSS 401 (s) Practicum in Tutoring
CSS 403 (s) Workshop
CSS 404 (s) Special Topics
CSS 462 Natural Resource Policy
CSS 475 Conservation Management and Planning II
CSS 481 Conservation Leadership
CSS 483 Senior Project Presentation
CSS 485 Ecology and Conservation Biology Senior Project
CSS 486 Public Involvement in Natural Resource Management
CSS 490 Wilderness and Protected Area Management
CSS 493 International Land Preservation and Conservation Systems
CSS 496 Monitoring Impacts in Protected Areas and Wilderness
CSS 498 (s) Internship
CSS 499 (s) Directed Study
Here are just a few of the jobs you can get with this degree.
Help prevent conflict among people or within ecosystems by applying your knowledge of these relationships to plan land use and change in an efficient and ethical way. From water availability to social conditions, you will analyze all the impacts to provide sound advice.
Information or education specialist
Bring the science of conservation to the public with your communication skills and understanding of conservation practices, science and regulations. Be the face of good land use decisions and help create understanding among landowners, concerned citizens and others.
Blend science with other aspects of learning, including the arts, to educate and inform the public about natural resources. You will combine communication skills with a science background to lead discussions as well as create awareness and understanding in parks, visitor centers, nature preserves and more.
Public affairs specialist
Help the general public understand changes in rules and laws, collaborate with scientists, and natural resource managers to ensure an accurate and understandable message is given to the public through education, media and other outlets.
Help protect some of the world’s most precious, and remote, natural resources by working in unique settings. Ensure that all those accessing the backcountry understand the impact of their activities, implement strategies for human interaction with these resources and oversee the sustainable use of these areas.
Protect wild animals, plants and entire ecosystems as a law enforcement officer dedicated to our natural resources. You may work for a wildlife agency, as a park ranger or for other entities working to enforce environmental rules and regulations.
Protect park resources in a variety of ways. As a park ranger you may work in law enforcement, education, emergency response, science or administration. No matter what your role, the bottom line is to protect and promote the park.