Environmental issues are complex. They require a broad range of competencies to be successfully addressed. The Natural Resource Management and Policy track prepares students to examine environmental and conservation issues through a multi-disciplinary framework that includes political, cultural, social, economic, regulatory and ecological dimensions. Students in the Natural Resource Management and Policy track gain knowledge and skills from courses in the natural and social sciences to evaluate environmental and conservation issues with consideration of varied stakeholder interests, to understand different perspectives, and to work effectively with others to find solutions to environmental challenges domestically and internationally. These critical skills are taught in the classroom and through field experiences that will enable students to envision a desired environmental or conservation outcome, and then design a plan and identify the steps needed to bring the vision to fruition.
The Natural Resource Management and Policy track prepares students for a variety of jobs in conservation, environmental management, and policy, with an emphasis on positions that require strong interpersonal skills, leadership, and collaboration with people of diverse insights, experiences, and opinions. These skills are transferable to a broad range of conservation and environmental management employment opportunities in areas such as outdoor education, park and protected area management, environmental planning and consultation, and non-profit organizations.