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Natural Resources Policy and Management


Programs in natural resources policy and management teach people how to plan, create, direct, monitor, and evaluate programs to protect resources.

Natural resources policy and management programs include topics such as:


In natural resources policy and management programs, students may be able to specialize in:


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


Community colleges and other two-year schools offer associate degree programs in natural resources policy and management. 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 policy and management. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study. Several programs are part of larger urban planning, public administration, or environmental studies departments.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in natural resources policy and management. 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 resource policy and management typically includes:

Things to Know

Many programs encourage you to volunteer with local parks, nature organizations, and government environmental and planning agencies. Internships are available with government agencies and private corporations.

People with degrees in natural resources policy and management have many employment options. You can work for government agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency. You can also work for local, state, and national parks. You can be a planner for local and state governments.

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


East Side Area

Central Washington University

Walla Walla Community College

Washington State University - Pullman

King-Snohomish Area

Green River College

University of Washington - Seattle

West Side Area

Grays Harbor College

Skagit Valley College