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Natural Resource Ecology and Management

Undergraduate Program

The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management is committed to giving you, the student, the best options available to reaching your goals in life. There are many scholarships available, and a variety of activities and clubs that you can be involved in throughout your studies at Oklahoma State University. Participation will help expand your horizons and build lasting relationships with other students and faculty.

While majoring in natural resources and ecology management there are 5 options in which you can specialize. Click on the any of the degree options in the table to the right to see descriptions, degree requirements, plans, and potential careers associated with your field of study.

Natural Resource Ecology and Management Degree Options

Fisheries and Aquatic Ecology is an option designed for students with interest in the management of fish populations and habitats. Courses offer research techniques and methodology in fisheries science, including sampling design, habitat measurements, sampling techniques and abundance estimation, age and growth analysis, recreational surveys, data analysis and report writing. Fisheries & Aquatic Ecology

Forest Ecology and Management emphasizes the science-based conservation and management of forest lands, ecosystems and related natural resources. Students gain the skills that are necessary for the measurement, assessment, and valuation of natural resources and the evaluation of management strategies for forest and related wildlands. Successful completion of the curriculum will provide competency in the general areas of basic science, forest biology, forest mensuration, forest economics, natural resource policy, decision-making and problem solving, and communications. The option is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF), the specialized accrediting body for forestry programs in the U.S. Requirements for this option include the successful completion of two, three-week field camps in May, which are scheduled to follow the sophomore and junior years, and are held annually in diverse forest settings. Field forestry skills, forest ecology, integrated natural resource management, and state-of-the-art operations are emphasized at camp. Forest Ecology & Management

Rangeland Ecology and Management program emphasizes understanding management of grasslands, shrub lands, and forests for forage and habitat production. This includes the effects of grazing, fire, and other disturbances on biotic and abiotic processes. Students learn to integrate their knowledge of soil, water and vegetation attributes into management of public or private wild lands for multiple uses. Rangeland Ecology & Management

Wildlife Biology and Pre-veterinary Science option provides ecological background and training in natural wildlife science and population dynamics in addition to the basic sciences necessary to prepare students for graduate education in wildlife biology or veterinary medicine. The option combines research and management training in population ecology with basic biology and chemistry. Wildlife Biology & Preveterinary Science

Wildlife Ecology and Management option provides insight into the biological basis for management of wildlife populations and habitats, with emphasis on current management problems. This option combines research techniques, including aging and sexing, wildlife and vegetation sampling, and wildlife population and habitat analysis with the methodology of wildlife science. Wildlife Ecology & Management

Students entering the NREM department are encouraged to join and become active members of one of the many student organizations: Society of American Foresters, Society for Range Management, The Wildlife Society, and the American Fisheries Society. Participation in one or more of these organizations provides students the opportunity to attend state, regional, or national meetings where they will gain valuable advantages through networking, student competitions, and interacting with various career-related activities.

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If you have any questions regarding the NREM Major or any of the degree options listed above, contact Dr. Tom KuzmicDr. Sue Fairbanks, or  Dr. Karen Hickman.