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Field of Study: Natural Resources Policy and Management

Introduction

Programs in natural resources policy and management teach people how to plan, create, direct, monitor, and evaluate programs to protect resources.

 

Overview

Natural resources policy and management programs include topics such as:

  • Wildlife and conservation biology
  • Environmental science
  • Animal population surveys
  • Administrative and communication skills
  • Natural resources economics
  • Public relations
  • Economics
  • Urban planning
  • Environmental impact assessments
  • Applicable land use laws and policy
  • Research methodology and statistics

Concentrations
In natural resources policy and management programs, students may be able to specialize in:

  • Land use planning and management/development
  • Natural resources economics

Internships
Internships allow students to develop skills at companies or organizations. Some natural resources policy and management programs require students to complete an internship.

Schools
Community colleges and other 2-year schools offer associate degree programs. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in natural resources policy and management. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study. Several programs are part of larger urban planning, public administration, or environmental studies departments.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in natural resources policy and management. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.