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Welcome to Natural Resource Ecology and Management

Welcome to Natural Resource Ecology and Management!

The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM) provides instruction, research, and Extension expertise that focuses on the natural resources of fisheries, forests, rangeland, and wildlife within and beyond the boundaries of Oklahoma.

Our overall NREM MISSION is to increase public awareness and understanding, through teaching, research and Extension, of the ecology, management and sustainable use of these natural resources that are important for maintaining ecosystem health, species diversity, agriculture and forest production, hunting and fishing, and the enjoyment of experiencing nature.

This is in line with the DASNR MISSION, stated in the 2012 DASNR publication, "Vision and Future Priority Directions & Goals of DASNR" which is "To enhance human well-being and the sustainability of plant, animal and natural resource systems through basic and translational research, undergraduate and graduate teaching, and Extension. This will be accomplished by designing and implementing research, teaching and Extension programs addressing priority issues with respect to Oklahoma, the region, the nation and the world.

Watch the "Coolest OSU Research" video made by NREM Master's student Erica Perez about her black bear research:

NREM Curriculum

The NREM curriculum prepares students to plan, implement, and research the management, protection, and sustainable use of natural resources within Oklahoma and throughout the world. The department provides an integrated education in renewable natural resource management, conservation, and utilization, as well as a valuable perspective for understanding and solving critical contemporary environmental problems at local, regional and global scales.

The NREM department supports undergraduate programs in Fisheries and Aquatic Biology, Forest Ecology and Management, Rangeland Ecology and Management, Wildlife Ecology and Management and Wildlife Biology/Pre-veterinary Science. Courses in these study options fulfill the requirements for many applied and professional careers in the natural resource disciplines, including certification with the Society of American Foresters, the Wildlife Society, and the American Fisheries Society. The forestry program in the NREM department is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). NREM also provides MS and PhD graduate level programs that focus on research in fisheries, rangeland, forestry, and wildlife ecology and management.

Employment of NREM Graduates

NREM graduates may be employed by governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, private corporations and small businesses. Federal agencies hiring NREM graduates include the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, National Park Service, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. In addition, state, country, and municipal governments employ NREM graduates in a variety of resource management consultant, restoration, service, and technical positions. Many of our graduate students have gained influential positions in state and federal agencies, as faculty at universities and within private industry.

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