Natural Resources Conservation (NRC) program is for investigators and problem-solvers with a passion for nature, ecology, and sustainability.  NRC students develop a broad understanding of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems combined with practical experiences needed to sustainably manage resources, protect ecosystem functions and conserve biodiversity.   With rigorous academic training in the natural, conservation and social sciences, what sets NRC graduates apart is the hands-on experience through field-based courses, research projects with world-class ecologists, and internships.   Students can choose from one of these six concentrations:

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What You'll Learn

Students gain essential knowledge and training to solve environmental challenges, as well as sustainably manage ecosystems and resources.  Depending on the concentration, students learn:

  • Field sampling techniques and analysis
  • Spatial data analysis and mapping
  • Study wildlife or fish populations, growth rates, migrations and survival rates
  • Flora and fauna identification
  • Assess human impacts on ecosystems
  • Wetland and watershed delineation
  • Prepare assessments and management plans
  • Sustainability principles, techniques, and solutions

UMass Natural Resources Conservation majors work outside in the forests, in the rivers, in the trees, in conservation areas, and in communities.


There are a wide variety of exciting career paths for our graduates, including:
  • Professional Foresters and Plant Ecologists
  • Wildlife and Fisheries Technicians, Biologists, and Managers
  • Watershed or Wetland Scientists
  • Outdoor Recreation Specialists
  • Naturalists and Environmental Educators
  • Park Managers and Rangers
  • Environmental and Landuse Planners
  • Environmental Lawyers and Policy Makers

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