Natural Resources Planning and Decision Making

In this major, students learn the basics of natural resource science and the complexity of working with multiple stakeholders.  Students learn skills such as geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial analysis, planning, policy analysis, economics, multiple-objective decision making, and working with the public.  They are engaged in efforts to solve many of the complex resource management issues currently facing the United States and the world.  Students focus on landscape level planning, including watershed planning and decision making based upon economics, social aspects, spatial constructs, and natural resource science. Students analyze data, develop forecasts and recommend policies, regulations, and implementation procedures that will create sustainable land-use patterns. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in an approved internship the summer after their Junior year. 

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Forestry and Natural Resources
Phone: 765-494-3591

  • Natural resource management
  • Planner – Area planning commissions, state and federal agencies, consulting firms, and nonprofit organizations
  • GIS specialist/analyst
  • Watershed coordinator/manager
  • Graduate or professional school

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