Natural Resources Management Bachelor of Science
Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship
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OVERVIEW OF MAJOR
How will the nation’s forest and range landscapes be managed in the future? Can water quality and wildlife habitat be protected as use of public lands increases? What is ecosystem management? How can computers be used to map and manage natural resources? How can economic and ecological tradeoffs among different resource uses be balanced? These are just some of the questions natural resource managers might consider

Students in natural resources management obtain broad exposure to natural resource topics and issues. Graduates can work with traditional national and international resource organizations. The broad curriculum is ideal for pursuing fields in land use planning, computer technology, real estate management, youth agency administration, natural resource communications, mining reclamation, business and law. Students can, with the assistance of an adviser, tailor course work to specific interests. Courses in rangeland biology, forest and natural resource management, wildlife management, watershed management, and recreation resources provide the broad overview that is unique to this major. Students also choose a minor in a related topic or an interdisciplinary study program from among the dozens offered at CSU, including Spatial Information Systems, Conservation Biology, Water Resources, or Criminal Justice. The choice of minor or interdisciplinary study allows the student to gain greater depth of understanding in an area of particular interest, and may greatly influence employment opportunities. As sophomores or juniors, students attend a four-week summer field course in ecological investigation and resource management at the Colorado State Pingree Park mountain campus. The program promotes student internships with private and public organizations to enhance learning experiences for students.

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CHARACTERISTICS AND SKILLS
* Strong interest in natural resources and resource management issues
* Desire to know forest tree characteristics and their significance
* Desire to understand wildlife, range and water management principles
* Interest in policy formation and implementation
* Able to work in a team and independently
* Able to write and speak accurately and clearly
* Able to deal with the public
* Organizational and decision making skills
* Desire to learn computer-based applications
* Interest in data and policy analysis
* Able to integrate knowledge of a variety of concepts to obtain an holistic perspective
* Well organized and able to pay attention to detail
* Adaptable to changing conditions and environments
* Prefers hands on work

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POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS
Opportunities are available worldwide. Graduates apply their education in science, technology, and the social sciences to solve critical natural resource and environmental problems. Positions are found in federal, state, and local government, industry, and education. Some natural resource professionals are employed in environmental consulting firms and corporate environmental departments. The nonprofit sector provides a variety of environmentally related jobs. In general, competition is quite intense while some positions require a graduate degree. Participating in seasonal and voluntary work, internships, and cooperative education opportunities will enhance your chances for permanent full time employment. Depending on your interests and minor, available career choices include but are not limited to:
* Public natural resource manager
* Private sector resources manager
* Professional forester
* Land use planner
* Geographic Information System (GIS ) remote sensing specialist
* Fishery/wildlife manager
* Environmental policy analyst
* Environmental advocate
* Resource database manager
* Environmental consultant
* Fire management specialist
* Resources/environmental lawyer
* Real estate manager
* Mining reclamation specialist
* Youth agency administrator
* Natural resource communications specialist
* Law enforcement officer
* Natural resources researcher
* Natural resources/environmental educator
* Restoration specialist
* Multiple resource use planner
* Resources management consultant
* Resource development proposal evaluator
* Regulatory compliance enforcement officer

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RELATED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
* Xi Sigma Pi, Natural Resources Honorary Society
* Woodsmen’s Team
* Natural Resources College Council
* Society of American Foresters
* Society of Conservation Biology
* Environmental Learning Center
* American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
* Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and related sciences

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MORE INFORMATION
Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship
131 Forestry Bldg
1472 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1472
970-491-6911
http://warnercnr.colostate.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=328&catid=116&Itemid=325
* Academic and career advising for majors


Center for Advising and Student Achievement (CASA)
TILT Building
801 Oval Drive
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1033
970-491-7095
http://www.casa.colostate.edu
* Academic advising/Major exploration


Career Center
120 Lory Student Center
Fort Collins, CO 80523
970-491-5707
https://career.colostate.edu/
* Major and career exploration/Job search information


Admissions and Undergraduate Recruitment
Ammons Hall
711 Oval Drive
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523
970-491-6909
http://www.admissions.colostate.edu
* Admission applications/University visits and tours


General Catalog Online
http://www.catalog.colostate.edu/

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