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Degrees in Natural Resources and Sustainability

If you’re interested in learning more about materials that come from the Earth, a degree in natural resources might be an ideal consideration. You can earn an associate’s, bachelor’s, or a master’s degree in this field. It all depends on how time and energy you plan to devote to your studies. An associate degree qualifies you for entry-level positions while a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree prepares you to assume leadership and management roles in your field.

What are the Requirements for Earning a Natural Resources Degree?

There are a few options to consider if you’re looking for a degree in natural resources. It all depends on the type of job you want. For example, if you want to work as a forester, you might need a graduate-level degree to qualify for such a position. Below you’ll find a list of degree types in this field:

  • Associate of Science in Natural Resources: This is a two-year degree that prepares students to pursue careers or higher degrees in areas that involve management of the natural resources.
  • Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources: With a B.S. in Natural Resources, students receive a comprehensive education that incorporates both general education courses and career-specific classes in natural resources such as forestry techniques, natural resources management, wildlife habitats and global environmental issues.
  • Master of Science in Natural Resources: An M.S. in Natural resources is a two or three year degree that allows students to concentrate on a number of different subfields including ecology and land management, natural resources and conservation policy, watershed management, wildlife conservation and parks management.

What Can I Do with a Natural Resources Degree?

You’ll have many career options once you earn a degree in natural resources. Depending on the level of education you decide to pursue and how much experience you have, possible job titles for natural resources graduates include:

  • Forester
  • Environmental or Science Educator
  • Field Researchers
  • Forest/Wildlife Ecologist
  • Land Use Planner
  • Naturalist
  • Wetlands Restoration Specialist

Featured Online Programs

Ashford University — The Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies at Ashford University explores cultural, social, and environmental issues at the local and global level. The Environmental Management MBA program features a greater emphasis on business management of environmental organizations. Ashford University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510-748-9001, wascsenior.org.
Kaplan University — The Kaplan University Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Management degree program provides for an interdisciplinary approach to environmental science. Courses study environmental issues and policies and examine relationships between public and private sectors. The MS in Environmental Policy dives deeper into the field, by questioning current trends in the industry.
Johns Hopkins University — Johns Hopkins University offers numerous degrees in the environmental science field. The school's MS in Environmental Sciences and Policy degree features an interdisciplinary curriculum in the basic sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Courses review the ozone layer, greenhouse gases, nuclear waste, and acid rain.
Liberty University — The Bachelor of Science in Green & Sustainable Management from Liberty University features a curriculum that reviews federal EPA and state environmental rules and regulations, explores environmental principles, and examines environmental protections. Courses study industrial waste, solid waste and hazardous waste management along with solutions for minimizing air, soil and water pollution.

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