Course Selection

  • Take FOWS 1010: Introduction to Renewable Natural Resources. This is an introduction to the wealth and breadth of renewable natural resources in the state, region, nation, and world. You will begin to build your professional resume.

Ask for Assistance

  • Introduce yourself to your faculty academic advisor and plan to meet with them twice during this year to discuss your career plan
  • An Academic Minor is required


Gain Experience

  • Use LinkedIn to identify past graduates in your major and contact them to set up informational interviews and shadowing opportunities to gain further understanding of your major in the world of work

Get Involved

  • Consider joining the Wildlife Society Club or the Forestry Club
  • Look for more opportunities on campus to engage by utilizing AUInvolve to identify organizations you’re interested in joining


Course Selection

  • Gateway Courses – MATH 1130, CHEM1030/1031 and CHEM 1040/1041.
  • Take BIOL 3060: Ecology. You will learn about interactions of organisms with their environments and characteristics of populations, communities, and ecosystems.

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with your advisor to discuss Minor options. Select and declare your Academic Minor.
  • Take advantage of Study Partners, SI sessions, and the academic coaching in the Office of Academic Support.
  • The Miller Writing Center can help with your writing assignments and all other writing assistance you may need.

Gain Experience

  • Use Handshake to explore employers actively hiring in your field and search part-time jobs that can add experience to your résumé.

Get Involved

  • Look into joining the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Student Ambassadors
  • Pursue leadership roles in organizations


Course Selection

  • Take FORY 5470: GIS Applications in Natural Resources. You will gain a basic understanding of GIS through discussion of the basic components of a GIS and how GIS are used in forestry applications.

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with your academic advisor and faculty advisor as needed
  • Meet with the University Career Center (UCC) career counselor to explore careers, receive guidance with resume enhancement, and familiarize yourself with employers who are hiring in your field.

Gain Experience

  • Obtain an internship or complete volunteer work in Natural Resources
  • Consider attending the Study Abroad experience in Costa Rica

Get Involved

  • Join Xi Sigma Pi , the Forestry Honor Fraternity


Course Selection

  • Take FOWS 5270: Natural Resource Policy. You will examine the attitudes, philosophies and policies that govern management of the natural resources.

Ask for Assistance

  • Meet with your academic advisor as needed to ensure all graduation requirements are met.
  • Meet with major/ minor professors to obtain continued involvement in natural resources

Gain Experience

  • Participate in career fairs sponsored by the UCC
  • Attend professional conferences and take part in industry tours

Get Involved

  • Connect with AU alumni and stakeholders to enhance professional opportunities
  • Look to join other professional organizations, like the Society of American Foresters

General Information

The Natural Resources Management major prepares the next generation of leaders with the knowledge, ability, and excellence to conserve and manage our natural systems for a sustainable future. This industry is a growing field with a wide variety of career options and solid earning potential in both public and private sectors.

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Holland's Code: RES

    • Realistic
    • Enterprising
    • Social


Most common* Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality types found in this major, in no particular order:

  • INTJ
  • INTP

*Every MBTI type is found in every major, these are the most highly concentrated


  • Working Conditions
  • Achievement
  • Independence


  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Speaking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing

Last modified: August 10, 2020