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Natural Resources Management

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


The natural resources management program prepares students to care for the land- and water-based ecosystems of Michigan and beyond, as well as to serve the people whose well-being depends on these resources.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in natural resources management offers students a variety of academic options to pursue:

  • General natural resources management degree
  • Wildlife certification
  • Natural resources management minor


Students study a variety of topics, including:

  • Environmental pollution
  • Forestry and conservation
  • Geographic information systems
  • Natural resources policy
  • Recreation resource management
  • Restoration ecology
  • Wildlife ecology and management
  • Watershed management

Career Options

Public and private sector employers include:

  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Conservation districts
  • Consulting firms
  • Local units of government
  • State and federal agencies
  • University research labs

Why Study Natural Resources Management at Grand Valley?

  • Grand Valley's natural resources management program is the only program of its kind at a liberal arts college in Michigan.
  • Natural resource management students may gain practical work experience through internships with environmental and natural resources agencies, nonprofit organizations, and industry. In addition, they can arrange special studies or research with faculty on a wide range of topics.
  • With an advisor's guidance, students can develop customized programs based on their specific interests.
  • Students learn to combine ecological knowledge with chemistry, mathematics, statistics, economics, and policy, and apply it to practical situations. These practical applications might include managing wildlife populations or restoring natural ecosystems, such as forests and wetlands.


“Studying this major has allowed me to view our natural resources with multiple lenses from economics, to ecology, to computer science and politics. As I look to graduate I feel well rounded and ready to pursue the challenges that face our society.”


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