Natural Resources

The Natural Resources Graduate Program includes the following four options:

Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences

Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences graduate studies are oriented toward environmental analyses and land use planning, ecological restoration, recreational use of wildlands and geospatial science. This option is associated with the department of Environmental Science and Management, and you can find more information at:


The Fisheries program is designed primarily to produce graduates who can assess, manage, and conserve fish habitats, populations, and commercial and recreational fisheries. The program is broad enough to allow students to prepare themselves for work in additional areas such as water pollution ecology, fish population dynamics, and fish culture. You can find additional information at

Forestry, Watershed, & Wildland Sciences

Graduate students in Forestry, Watershed, & Wildland Sciences are focused on a wide variety of topics including forest ecology, tree physiology, conservation biology, forest growth, and administration of forest land for ecosystem management. Watershed management issues focus on watershed processes and the interactions between geophysical, biological, and socioeconomic factors expressed in bounded drainages. The interplay between watershed processes and management of other natural resources is integral. Wildland soils deals with the maintenance of the quality of the soil for those same values and sustainable timber production. You can find additional information at:


Wildlife emphasizes research on wildlife species, behavior, and habitat requirements within the complex ecological interactions that govern the outcome of various land use practices. Wildlife managers should be able to maintain sustained yields of game animals, to minimize wildlife depredation, and to reverse conditions threatening species with extinction. You can find more information at: