Current WFSC and ESSM Students
In January 2020, our department was established after a restructuring of the former Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences and Ecosystem and Science Management Departments. The support of our current students still going through the program under the legacy departments is of utmost importance to us. To help with this transition, RWFM degree programs are not currently active. Incoming undergraduate and graduate students will still come in under Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences or Ecosystem and Science Management degree programs.
Legacy Degree Options
The mission of the ESSM legacy undergraduate programs is to prepare students for leadership in the science and stewardship of rangeland, forest and wetland ecosystems across the rural-urban gradient. Students can obtain Bachelors of Science degrees in Ecological Restoration, Forestry, Rangeland Ecology and Management, Renewable Natural Resources, and Spatial Sciences.
Ecological restoration is the process of repairing dysfunctional ecosystems to provide essential ecosystem goods and services important to society. This degree is designed for students preparing for a professional career in the restoration or reclamation of degraded or severely damaged lands.
Proper management of forests, which is the responsibility of the professional forester, results in healthy, productive forests that are capable of serving human needs and providing a quality environment in rural or urban settings. Forest Resource Management is designed to both educate and train professionals to manage forests and conduct forest research.
Natural resources on rangelands provide many products and values for society including: livestock grazing, habitat for game and non-game wildlife, water for urban and agricultural uses, recreational opportunities, minerals, oil and gas. Students majoring in Rangeland Ecology and Management are taught to integrate knowledge and technology in a systems approach to manage land for sustainable utilization of natural resources.
The Renewable and Natural Resources degree is for students with a broad interest in natural resources and ecology, including forestry and associated values such as range and wildland, wildlife, recreation, water, and other environmental sciences.
This degree gives students the knowledge and skills to use computer-based technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and Remote Sensing.