Conservation and Resource Management

The CRM track is rooted in understanding how earth systems work and how they can be manipulated to positive ends through management. Since earth systems are inherently complex and our understanding is often imperfect, conserving and restoring them requires broad knowledge and experience while using the most current analytical, policy, and managerial tools. Thus students will study the structure and function of forests, farms, cities, and wetlands, and through their coursework they will investigate the causes, consequences, and solutions to environmental problems created by human action. Students will solve problems in field settings and will learn to communicate their understanding, synthesis, and decision-making to diverse audiences. Finally, they will gain experience in the actual implementation of decisions. Students may also develop special skills through electives, for example, in the area of geographic information systems and geospatial analysis.

Types of Careers: Students who pursue the CRM track will be well prepared for technical support, operational, and managerial positions in a broad range of resource conservation and management careers. Potential employers include local, state, and federal agencies as well as the private sector. Examples are positions with the state land and water management agencies, pollution control authorities, conservation organizations, and in the areas of land use planning and environmental review. This track will also prepare students for graduate study in a wide range of areas. See also Career Information.