Degrees & Programs
Master of Science in Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
The Department of Wildlife, Sustainability, and Ecosystem Sciences offers a Master of Science in Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences with two tracks:
- Thesis track, which is research based
- Non-thesis track
Bachelor of Science in Wildlife, Sustainability, and Ecosystem Sciences - Wildlife Science
The Wildlife Science option has foundation courses in biology, ecology, and wildlife science, and provides opportunities for students to gain field experience through internships and other applied learning experiences. This program is designed to prepare graduates for a career in wildlife conservation and management, and will lay the educational groundwork required to become a Certified Wildlife Biologist through The Wildlife Society. Graduates in this field frequently find careers with state and federal wildlife agencies, non-governmental organizations, environmental consulting firms, and private ranches.
Bachelor of Science in Wildlife, Sustainability, and Ecosystem Sciences - Sustainability Studies
The Sustainability Studies option is an area of study focusing on providing for the needs of today’s society, while ensuring that the needs of future generations can also be met. It recognizes that a long-term, viable society must be environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable. Sustainability is a multidisciplinary field of study that provides students not only with a strong scientific background in the environmental sciences, but with extensive understanding of other fields necessary for implementing sustainable practices, such as food science, economics, sociology, and communications. Graduates emerge from the program equipped for careers in both the public sector and private industry, ready to help society adapt to the environmental challenges facing us all.
Bachelor of Science in Wildlife, Sustainability, and Ecosystem Sciences - Plant Ecology
Formerly the degree in Range Management, Plant Ecology option encompasses such disciplines as range science and restoration ecology, and focuses on management of plant communities in range, forest, and other wildland systems. The strong scientific background prepares the student for working on private and public land systems, while incorporating multiple uses such as wildlife management, livestock grazing, recreation, and wildland preservation. Graduates in this field are qualified for careers on both private ranches as well as agencies such as the US Forest Service and US Bureau of Land Management.
Bachelor of Science in Wildlife, Sustainability, and Ecosystem Sciences - Soil Science
The Soil Science option focuses on the chemical, physical, and ecological properties of soils that make them vital to conservation of many natural resources. Courses are available covering soil fertility, soil as a component of the environment, soils role in land management, and soil genesis, morphology, and classification. This option prepares the student for a lucrative career as a soil conservationist or soil scientist with such agencies as the Natural Resource Conservation Service or the US Forest Service, working in both wildland and agricultural systems.
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science - Environmental Agriculture
The Environmental Agriculture concentration provides knowledge and training to work at the interface between agroecosystems and the natural environment, specifically how agricultural systems influence the broader environment and how changes in the environment affect agricultural practice at the field, system or landscape level. The concentration strives to bridge various scientific disciplines by integrating knowledge and placing both agriculture and the environment in a global context.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science - Environmental Geoscience
The Geoscience option trains students to solve problems associated with pollution, waste management, site selection, urbanization, and natural hazards, such as flooding and erosion. They will have the broad background required of all Environmental Scientists, but will have a more detailed knowledge to apply the principles of geology in the solving of environmental problems. Many students trained in this field will work for private consulting firms or government.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science - Water Resources
The Water Resources option will train students to look at water - its occurrence, circulation, and distribution on the planet, as well as its physical, chemical, and biological characteristics. Water resources issues span many scales, from local drinking water to large-scale watershed management for water supply, flood and erosion control, protection of aquatic systems for wildlife and other intended uses. Both surface water and groundwater issues are covered in the program which is a unique combination of geology, soils, chemistry and biology. A wide range of job choices are available from all levels of government and private consulting firms.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science - Policy and Leadership
The Policy and Leadership option is designed to prepare tomorrow’s environmental leaders through a thorough grounding in policy processes, environmental theory, and the impact that government and governance make on our environment. This track couples forward-thinking coursework in political science and law, environmental sociology, and other social sciences, with scientific work in agriculture, biology, agronomy, hydrology, and other environmentally-related sciences, all applying domestic and international approaches to environmental problems and the policy that addresses them. Those completing this track will lead our state, nation, and world in making and administering responsible, ethical environmental policy.