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Natural Resources

A major in the field of natural resources focuses on the interaction between living things and the natural environment. Study in this area includes developing, managing, and maintaining the natural environment. These responsibilities take form in a variety of career
opportunities including forestry, wildlife, paper science, soil science, water resources, resource management and environmental studies.


A person working in a natural resources related field should possess the following qualities and skills:

  • Interest in environmental issues
  • Aptitude in science
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills

Career Opportunities

  • Federal, state or local government
  • Social advocacy organizations
  • Forestry and logging
  • Private industry
  • Consulting

Core Natural Resources courses that may be helpful in pursuing the major**

  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Ecology
  • Zoology
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Public Speaking

**Specific natural resources requirements will vary depending on the baccalaureate granting institution.

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