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School of Environment and Natural Resources


Natural Resource Management

A major in Natural Resource Management (NRM) promotes an awareness of the connection between environmental systems and the social sciences. Coursework will help students understand how decisions are made regarding the use or protection of our natural systems.  In a combination of classroom and hands-on learning, students will gain the knowledge needed to manage human interactions with the natural world in parks and protected areas, natural resource organizations, or agriculture and food systems. 

Since 2014, 86.4%-88.2% of students in this major have acquired employment or enrolled in graduate or professional school within 6 months of graduation. On average, 6% of NRM grads go directly into graduate or professional school.

Within the Natural Resource Management major, students may choose 1 of the following 3 specializations in which to focus:

Parks and Recreation- Parks and Recreation play a big role in our society, both to individuals and to ecosystems. Coursework within this specialization describes the many benefits we receive from outdoor recreation and provides the knowledge and skills necessary to manage outdoor recreation areas and recreation users.

Natural Resource Administration and Management- Many organizations nationally and worldwide have been developed to protect and manage our environment. This specialization provides the tools needed to administer and oversee these programs.

Sustainable Agriculture- Agriculture and food systems are central to the well-being of our society and vital to the condition of our environment. In this specialization, students will gain knowledge and practical experience in the development of sustainable agriculture.

View Natural Resource Management major requirements here.

Selection of positions acquired by recent grads:
Groundsman and Climber Apprentice, Ahlum and Arbor Tree Preservation, Ohio
Corpsmember, California Conservation Corps, California
Park Ranger, Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, Ohio
Naturalist, Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, Ohio
Law Enforcement Clerk, ODNR, Ohio
Intermittent Wildlife Research Technician, ODNR - Division of Wildlife, Ohio
Master Sergeant, U.S. Air Force Reserve, Unknown
Animal Husbandry Technician, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio
Education Specialist, Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, Ohio
Head Camp Counselor/ Camp Administrator, Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, Ohio
Naturalist, Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, Ohio
Heart of Africa Regional Assistant, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Ohio
Grower, Jorgensen Farms, Ohio
Soil Conservationist, Natural Resource Conservation Service, South Dakota
Assistant Mountain Instructor, North Carolina Outward Bound School, North Carolina
Naturalist Aide, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio
Environmental Technician, Sands Decker CPS Engineering Firm, Ohio
Medical Service Corps Officer, US Army Puerto Rico National Guard, Puerto Rico
Wildland Firefighter, US Bureau of Land Management, Colorado
Hydrologic Technician, US Geological Survey, Ohio
Aquatic Specialist, AQUA DOC Lake and Pond Management, Ohio
Source Water Protection, City of Columbus, Ohio
ZooKids Instructor, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Ohio
Entry Level Environmental Engineer, CSE Engineering & Consulting, Ohio
Forestry Technician, Glacier National Park- Department of Interior, Montana
Preserve Coordinator, North Central Ohio Land Conservancy Inc., Ohio
Recreation and Natural Areas Program Coordinator, North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District, Oregon
Sustainability Coordinator- Office of Business Advancement, The Ohio State University, Ohio

Full employment and graduate school outcome reports are available here.