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Natural Resources Management

Program Director: Jim Harding, Ph.D.
Division of Environmental Studies & Management

Program offered:

  • BS in Natural Resources Management

  • Minor in Natural Resources Management

Green Mountain College offers a comprehensive degree in Natural Resources Management. This degree is designed to prepare students for the challenging responsibilities required of land managers in public agencies, resource specialists in non-governmental organizations, and consultants working in the private sector. Students interested in pursuing professions in forestry, wildlife, and park management will benefit from this degree.

Graduates of this program will meet the requirements for government employment at the GS-5 level in one of the main federal land management agencies: National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Graduates of this degree will also be able to pursue graduate study in fields such as natural resources, forestry, wildlife biology, recreation management, or public policy. Graduates will gain specific skills in conducting forest and wildlife inventories, working with geographic information systems (GIS), and developing resource plans. Students will learn how to manage natural resources for multiple values including timber, wildlife, wilderness, recreation, energy production and others. Additional expertise can be gained in conservation biology, forest ecology, and environmental law.

Learning Outcomes for Natural Resource Management Majors
The successful student will:

  • Understand the scope and relationship of the federal land management system.

  • Be fluent in the pertinent environmental and natural resources legislation guiding public land management.

  • Be able to collect, manipulate, and work with spatial data, including GIS.

  • Understand basic biological and ecological functions (e.g., photosynthesis, forest succession, predator-prey, relationships, etc.).

  • Measure and mathematically analyze natural resource data.

  • Conduct a comprehensive forest stand inventory.

  • Be attuned to the current issues in natural resources management.

  • Appreciate the complexity of multiple-use, resource management.

The fundamental components of truly effective natural resources management are those skills found at the intersection of the natural and social sciences. This degree is not about producing biologists or environmental scientists. Nor is this degree intended to develop aspiring bureaucrats or government agents. Rather, a degree in natural resources management demands a solid understanding of our natural environment and our dependence upon that environment for a host of amenities. To this end, natural resource managers must be prepared to weigh the consequences of many different options affecting both the natural environment and the people who depend on that environment for their livelihood, their recreation, or their physical well-being.

Requirements for a BS in Natural Resources Management
Professional Core

* 50% of the required major coursework (core plus distribution) must be completed prior to internship

Students must choose at least three classes from each of the social science and natural science distributions below. Upper division special topics courses with the NRM, ENV, BIO, GLG, and REC prefixes may also be counted toward distributional requirements.

Social Science/Policy Distribution
Natural Science Distribution
Total Credits Required in the NRM Curriculum: 46-47

General Electives
Total electives vary depending on total of other credits.
Credits: 37- 38

ELA Requirements
See ELA section of this catalog for details.
Credits: 36

Total credits for a BS in Natural Resources Management: 120-121
Note: All students are required to complete 33 credits of upper-division work (3000-4000 level courses).

Minor in Natural Resources Management
Students choosing a minor in natural resources management will take four core courses and then select from a range of 2000, 3000, and 4000-level courses to round out their curricular experience. The intent of the minor is to develop basic competencies in a range of natural resource management related fields including GIS, public policy, forest measurements, in addition to upper-level coursework in both the natural sciences and the social/policy sciences. Ultimately this major will allow students to pair an interest in natural resources management with any other major at GMC.


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