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Natural Resource Conservation and Management Program

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The Natural Resource Conservation and Management (NRCM) Program offers you a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Natural Resource Conservation and Management with concentrations in forest resources and soil and water conservation and a minor course of study.

Located in the heart of the southern Appalachians and surrounded by 6,000-foot peaks, national forests, national parks, and some of the highest biological diversity in the world, our program boasts a natural laboratory for hands-on teaching and learning. Few places can match Western Carolina's location for studying the protection and wise use of our natural resources.

Our graduates gain employment with state and federal forest and wildlife management agencies, conservation organizations, forestry consulting firms, soil and water conservation districts, environmental consulting firms, and many other organizations.

Degree Concentrations

The forest resources concentration prepares students for careers in the conservation and sustainable management of forested lands and the resources they support.

Typical coursework in the forest resources concentration includes dendrology (tree identification), forest ecology, silviculture, watershed management, forest measurements, and forest management.

This concentration focuses on preparing students to evaluate soil and water condition and to apply techniques used in the protection and restoration of soil and aquatic systems.

Typical coursework in the soil and water conservation concentration includes "Soil Conservation," "Watershed Management," "Soils and Hydrology," "Fisheries," and "Soil Genesis and Classification."


Minor in Natural Resources Management

Students of any major may choose to fulfill the 18 hours required toward a minor in Natural Resources Management. It includes two required courses in Geology and Natural Resources Management plus 11 hours from a list of potential elective courses.

Requirements and Course Descriptions

NRCM Internship Opportunities

Paid internships are available to support students who participate in research projects or stewardship activities related to natural resource conservation and management. Interns are paid by the hour; additional support may be available for equipment, supplies, and travel. Download the documents below for more information.

Forest Stewards Internships

Faculty and Staff

Natural resource conservation and management is an interdisciplinary program in which the faculty, practicing experts of their field, will teach you to apply your knowledge and experiences towards managing and conserving natural resources.

Meet our faculty and staff

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