Why Study Natural Resources Management?
Environmental pollution, deforestation, climate change, and increasing demand for outdoor recreation are just a few of the current challenges to natural resources conservation and environmental sustainability. The Natural Resources Management (NRM) program prepares students to care for our land and water resources, and to serve the people whose well-being depends on these resources.
The Natural Resources Management Program at GVSU
The careful stewardship of the environment requires knowledge in both the natural and social sciences. Ecology is the foundational science of the NRM program. Students combine this ecological knowledge with biology, statistics, economics, and policy and apply it to practical situations. With an advisor's guidance, students may develop customized programs focused in any of a variety of traditional or emerging natural resources disciplines.
Internships and Research Opportunities
NRM students may gain practical work experience through internships with natural resources and environmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and industry. In addition, they can arrange research projects with faculty on a wide range of topics including wildlife management, invasive species control, ecological restoration, renewable energy, and endangered species conservation.
Graduates of the GVSU NRM program find work with local, state, and federal government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private environmental consulting firms. Career paths include a variety of natural resources management areas such as forestry, fisheries, wildlife, watershed management, soil and water conservation, parks and recreation, environmental protection and regulation, ecological restoration, as well as environmental policy, sustainability, and advocacy.
The student chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society enables NRM students, as well as students from other majors, to share their interest in the outdoors. Club members participate in many volunteer community service projects, including stream restoration, highway cleanup, and other fun, environmentally friendly activities.