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Natural Resources Management, 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.

Visit the program website for more information.

Program Overview

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

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 gain practical work experience through connections with environmental and natural resources agencies, nonprofit organizations, and industry.
  • Students apply scientific knowledge to address environmental issues related to ecology, conservation, and sustainability.
  • With an advisor's guidance, students can develop customized programs based on their specific interests.

Helpful Links

For More Information

Biology Department
3300a Kindschi Hall of Science
(616) 331-2470

Admissions Office

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

Format: Face To Face


Students study a variety of topics, including:

  • Fisheries, wildlife, and forest conservation
  • Geographic information systems
  • Natural resources policy
  • Restoration ecology
  • Soil science
  • Watershed management
  • Wildland fire management
  • Wildland recreation 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


“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.”