Natural Resource Management

Natural Resource Management combines economics, policy, and science in an effort to  study and manage our natural resources and environment.

Why major in Natural Resource Management?

Our students enjoy the unique nature of an interdisciplinary program that combines economics, policy and science in an effort to study and manage our natural resources and environment. Environmental problems are a complex web of technical, social and policy choices, and this world needs skilled individuals to solve these real-world problems. How do you best manage endangered species? Is cap and trade likely to best solve pollution problems? What policies will enable the developing world to grow sustainably? These are just some of the questions you will investigate while delving into your coursework and planning your future.

Uniqueness of our program

If you are the type of person with the energy and desire to make a difference in the environment, you have found your home. Through an interdisciplinary approach including the study of natural sciences, mathematics and statistics, economics and public policy, you will understand and acquire the skills to develop, tackle and solve environmental problems. You will couple this with strong foundational communication coursework as well as computer and data competence. You will have the opportunity to create a plan of action best suited to your individual career goals by working with a faculty adviser on one or more minors in fields that you choose. This approach allows you to work with expert faculty in several departments, providing exposure to a diversity of opinions, ideas, research projects, internships and more—enabling you to stand out in the marketplace!

Career paths

  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Protection Specialist
  • Natural Resource Educator
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Natural Resource and Environmental Control
  • Public Policy Analyst

Graduate school paths

  • Environmental Science
  • Water Resource Policy
  • Resource Economics
  • Environmental Law
  • Urban Affairs and Public Policy
  • Coastal Zone Management
  • Economic Policy Analysis

For more information, visit the UD Online Catalog.

Visit the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Under ‘Academic Program Interest,’ select Natural Resource Management.

Contact our faculty to learn more.

Dr. Leah Palm-Forester, program director