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Natural Resources Management Minor

Are you interested in the fields of natural resource management, such as wildlife management, fisheries, and forestry? Do you enjoy the outdoors and spending time surrounded by nature? Whether you want a career with on-the-ground experience — or just can’t wait to strap on your hiking boots — this minor will help you pursue a career managing our natural environment.

The broad field of natural resource management merges science and technology, providing you with a foundation of ecological concepts, watershed ecology and management, wetland management, field methods, and geographic information science (GIS). Through hands-on learning and incorporating innovative technology, you'll learn how to apply science-based principles to develop and carry out environmental management plans.

GeoSpatial Analysis Internship

GIS touches nearly every aspect of natural resources management, from land and water to wildlife and human impact, making GIS skills crucial for any career in natural resources management. At Saint Mary’s, the natural resources management minor stands out from the rest with its Spatial Analysis Internship. 

As a student in the program, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work alongside GIS professionals and partners on real-world projects through an internship with GeoSpatial Services (GSS).

What You'll Learn

  • Gain a solid understanding of the interrelationships between social, political, and ecological systems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a wide range of natural resources management topics, including ecological concepts, environmental biology, watershed ecology, wetland management, wildlife ecology, fisheries, field methods, and biodiversity.
  • Learn how to plan and develop sustainable solutions and conservation efforts at local, national, and global levels.
  • Interpret spatial data using GIS principles and applications, and analyze data from mapped and tabular formulas. 
  • Develop effective technical and communication skills to help solve environmental challenges.

Career Outlook

Careers in natural resource management are critical in wildlife resource management, wildlife ecology, fisheries, and forestry.  In-demand careers requiring spatial analysis skills are needed in public health, city planning, real estate, emergency services, crime management, natural resources enforcement, business development, and archeology. Geospatial technicians earn an annual median salary of $59,5831, and cartographers and photogrammetrists earn a median salary of $68,380 per year.2

Career opportunities are wide-ranging, including work for:

  • Corporate environmental departments
  • Environmental advocacy organizations
  • Environmental consulting firms
  • Environmental learning centers
  • Federal, state, and local government agencies
  • Private industries

High School Preparation

Prepare for coursework by taking high school classes such as biology, chemistry, and/or geography. However, none of these courses are required in high school to study natural resources management at Saint Mary’s.

Enhance Your Experience 

Broaden your education and career prospects by pairing the natural resources management minor with our environmental biology and conservation major. The minor also complements the curriculum for students majoring in biology, chemistry, and criminal justice.

Go even further at Saint Mary’s. Advance your career by earning a graduate certificate in geographic information science or pursuing a master’s degree in data intelligence and geoanalytics.

 

1Salary.com, Geospatial Technician Salary in the United States at https://www.salary.com/research/salary/listing/geospatial-technician-salary (visited December 01, 2021). 
2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Cartographers and Photogrammetrists, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/cartographers-and-photogrammetrists.htm (visited December 01, 2021).