Ecology and Natural Resource Management

The Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Natural Resources incorporates core concepts and methods from ecological, environmental, and physical sciences and how they can be applied in ecological problem solving as it relates to agriculture and environmental sustainability.  Students learn the value and importance of ecology and natural resource management as it pertains to wildlife and multi-species habitat management within the agricultural and environmental communities. The application of conservation principles in the fields of agriculture and forestry, natural resources, soils and soils management, wildlife and fisheries, and environmental science are a significant part of this degree program. Students will graduate with a certification in Ecology and Conservation Management from Ducks Unlimited and will be eligible for certification as a Wildlife Biologist with The Wildlife Society and an Ecologist with the Ecological Society of America.

Key Program Features

Students will develop the ability to integrate and apply technical knowledge in the areas of ecology, natural resource management including fisheries and wildlife, wetlands conservation, and fisheries science

Students will demonstrate content knowledge in environmental and natural resources and the application of that knowledge in the field and laboratory settings

Students will develop skills needed to draw conclusions and make recommendations based on the understanding of the ecological problems, natural resources, and human interactions therein

Program Details

Students gain hands-on learning experiences to develop marketable skills. There are also opportunities to pursue industry certifications related to environmental and natural resources including the Prescribed Burn Certification and Forestry Pesticide Applicators License.   Students will also gain certification in Ecology and Conservation Management from Ducks Unlimited and will be eligible to apply for certification as a Wildlife Biologist with The Wildlife Society and an Ecologist with the Ecological Society of America.

  • Natural resource management techniques
  • Wildlife and habitat management as related to agriculture and sustainability
  • Wetland and watershed conservation, analysis and delineation
  • ARC/GIS mapping
  • Ecology and management of birds including game and non-game
  • Freshwater and saltwater fisheries management
  • Basic field and lab techniques as related to ecology and natural resource management
  • Survey design
  • Field sampling and terrestrial and aquatic speciies
  • Statistical analysis of ecological data
  • Identification of local plats and animal taxa
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • USDA
  • NRCS (Natural Resource Conservation Service)
  • NC Department of Agriculture
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • USGS (United States Geological Survey)
  • Wetlands management

More Information

Traditional Undergraduate Degree Sheets
  • Wildlife Officer/Conservation Officer
  • Park Ranger
  • Soil Conservationist
  • Biologist
  • Wildlife Refuge Manager
  • Forestry Conservation Technician
  • Plant Protection Technician
  • Biological Science Technician Soils
  • Natural Resource Specialist
  • EPA Biologist
  • Plant Protection And Quarantine Officer
  • Conservation Scientist
  • Hydrologist
  • Fisheries and Wildlife Biologist
  • Research Biologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Manager
  • Park Naturalist
  • Restoration Ecologist
  • Natural Resources Manager
  • Conservation Officer / Park Ranger (with additional law enforcement training)