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Field of Study: Natural Resources Policy and Management

College preparation

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Agriculture Science
  • Wildlife Management
  • Natural Resources Management
  • General Computer Applications
  • Earth Science
  • Physical Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science


Graduate admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

  • Academic writing sample
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Biology, Chemistry (less common)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Undergraduate degree or significant course work in urban planning or environmental studies


Typical course work

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Business Management
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Endangered Species
  • Environmental Law
  • Fisheries Science
  • Forest Science
  • Land Use Laws
  • Microbiology
  • Oceanography
  • Political Science
  • Principles of Land Use Planning
  • Recreation Management
  • Reforestation
  • Resource Management and Conservation
  • Safety Practices
  • Species Management
  • Technical Writing
  • Transportation and Land Use Planning
  • Water Resources
  • Watershed Hydrology
  • Wildlife Science

Graduate study in natural resource policy and management typically includes:

  • Required courses
  • Thesis (master's degree)
  • Preliminary exams (doctoral degree only)
  • Dissertation and dissertation defense (doctoral degree)