Natural Resources Management




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 environmental sustainability. The Natural Resources Management (NRM) program prepares students to care for the land and water resources of Michigan and beyond, 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 geology, statistics, economics, and policy and apply it to practical situations. With an advisor’s guidance, students may develop customized programs focused on ecosystem science and management, resource information science, or environmental science.



Internships and Career Opportunities

NRM students may gain practical work experience through internships with environmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and industry. In addition, they can arrange special studies or research with faculty on a wide range of topics.

Career opportunities range from traditional natural resource disciplines to newer fields like ecosystem restoration and sustainability.



Private sector employers


Local, state and federal government agencies

  • Industrial forestry companies
  • Urban foresters and arborists
  • Environmental engineering and consulting firms
  • Outdoor recreation providers
  • Non-governmental advocacy organizations
  • Environmental regulation
  • Fish and wildlife management
  • Recreation resource management
  • Public forest management
  • Water resource management

Student Activities

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.



Requirements for the NRM Major

Courses Offered by NRM

Internship Information

Overview of Program and Careers

Contact Information:


Biology Department
Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Drive, 212 Henry Hall
Allendale, MI 49401

Phone: (616) 331-2470
Fax: (616) 331-3446


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