Top Schools for Natural Resource Management

Read about programs in natural resource management. Find information about degree options and rankings for three universities, and get an overview of other top schools that offer programs in natural resource management.

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Natural resource management degree programs are available at a handful of top institutions across the country. Learn about some of these top schools and what distinctive characteristics their programs offer.

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School Information

Natural resource managers study the impact management practices have on wildlife, livestock and ecology. Programs in natural resource management can be found at the University of Denver, State University of New York's College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Texas Tech University and Green Mountain College. These schools were chosen because each is ranked by U.S. News & World Report or the Princeton Review. Programs range from bachelor's to doctoral degrees. Individual schools also might offer a certificate or an undergraduate minor.

University of Denver in Denver, CO

School Highlight: This school's master's program in natural resources management can be completed in-person or online.

The University of Denver, the oldest private school in the Rocky Mountain region, was ranked 60th among schools offering the best value in 2016 by U.S. News & World Report. Natural resource management programs are offered through the University College, which is a school of professional and continuing studies. The university offers both master's and certificate programs in natural resource management.

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY

School Highlight: The school was ranked the #2 Cool School by Sierra Magazine, an official publication of the Sierra Club.

U.S. News & World Report ranked the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry 43rd among public schools in 2016.The college offers a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management, Master of Science in Forest and Natural Resources Management and a Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental and Natural Resources Policy.

Texas Tech University in Lubbock

School Highlight: In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked Texas Tech University 93rd among public schools in the U.S.

The university offers a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management; a minor in natural resources management is also available. Students enrolled in a bachelor's degree program in the Department of Natural Resources Management can choose from five concentrations that prepare them for specific jobs, including positions as wildlife biologists and range managers. Master's and doctoral programs in natural resources management are also available.

Green Mountain College in Poultney, VT

School Highlight: Students in the school's bachelor's program work with geographic information systems (GIS).

As of 2016, Green Mountain College is listed among the top green colleges and the best Northeastern schools by the Princeton Review. The school offers a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management (as well as a minor) that mixes natural science with political and social science. The program also includes a two-week hands-on field experience.

Top Resource Management Schools

These additional schools also offer unique natural resource management programs.

  • Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Spring, CO, offers a Natural Resource Management student internship program.
  • Sul Ross State University in Alpine, TX, offers a program geared toward biology, ecology and habitat management.
  • The University of Alaska in Fairbanks offers bachelor's, master's and minor degrees in the field.
  • The University of Delaware in Newark has a B.S. in Natural Resource Management.
  • North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND, has a B.S. in Natural Resource Management program that offers emphases in biotics, social sciences or physical resources.
  • North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, has a natural resource program that collaborates with other university departments and state universities.

Students can pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in natural resource management from several top institutions in the field. When considering a program, students may want to look for schools with national rankings or specialization options within their natural resources programs, among other traits.

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