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Natural Resources Conservation


Programs in natural resources conservation teach people how to use, improve, and protect natural resources.

Natural resources conservation programs include topics such as:

Many programs allow students to focus on an area of interest, such as fishery conservation, soil preservation, or forestry management.


Internships allow students to develop skills at companies or organizations. Some natural resources conservation programs require students to complete an internship.


Community colleges and other two-year schools offer associate degree programs in natural resources conservation. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in natural resources conservation. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Several universities offer graduate degrees in natural resources conservation. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate study in natural resources conservation typically includes:

Things to Know

Many programs encourage you to volunteer with local parks, nature organizations, and government environmental agencies.

Internships are available with government agencies and private corporations.

People with degrees in natural resource conservation have many employment options. You can work for government agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency. Or you can work for local, state, and national parks.

Several programs are part of larger forestry management or environmental studies departments.

A background in natural resources conservation is considered good preparation for graduate study in ecology, environmental policy, public administration, and law.


East Side Area

Walla Walla Community College

Washington State University - Pullman

Wenatchee Valley College

King-Snohomish Area

Cascadia College

Green River College

University of Washington - Seattle

Vancouver Area

Clark College

West Side Area

Northwest Indian College

Skagit Valley College

Yakima Area

Heritage University