Study at one of the leading educational institutions in the nation emphasizing an integrated approach to natural resource management.
Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences
Conserving and maintaining fisheries and wildlife populations are the primary aims of those employed in a fisheries and wildlife career. Measuring and modeling fish or wildlife populations, managing a conservation area, stream, lake or fish hatchery, or serving as a conservation agent are some of the varied professions for which you will be prepared. A strong biological interest and quantitative skills are important.
Professional foresters manage forest resources for a broad group of goods and services fiber, recreation, grazing, wildlife habitat, water quality, carbon sequestration, as well as urban landscapes. A wide range of employment opportunities exist with a host of governmental resources management agencies as well as private companies. Foresters must have a broad background in biological and quantitative skills, as well as an interest in making ecosystem-wide management decisions.
Parks, Recreation and Tourism
Leisure and recreation comprise the top industry in Missouri! As a professional in this sector, you will have the responsibility to provide recreation and tourism services to a broad array of individuals with different interests and capacities. This discipline area emphasizes one's behavioral and social skills. Employment opportunities exist to develop and manage recreation programs at resorts, companies and military bases, manage public parks, serve as a naturalist providing interpretive services, develop therapeutic recreation programs for special populations or serve in the tourism industry.
Predicting climate and weather occurrences are daily tasks for those in this profession as a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, a consulting firm developing crop yield reports, an airline charting flight schedules or providing daily and hourly weather updates on camera. Opportunities are endless for those with capabilities and interests in the quantitative, mathematical and physical sciences.
Soil is the land, a basic resource that serves as a natural medium for all life. Soil and environmental professionals serve in production agriculture, as well as environmental planning, water quality management and environmental monitoring. In this growing field, abundant employment opportunities exist with federal, state, county and city government agencies as well as numerous private firms. Strong quantitative and physical science skills and a broad interest in applied sciences are important.
Sustainable land management, water quality and air quality are crucial for the future of the earth. Learning to manage, use and sustain natural resources through sound ecological and economic approaches is the focus of the environmental science program.
Certificate in Environmental Studies
The Environmental Studies Certificate complements a given major with 18 hours of interdisciplinary coursework focused on environmental topics. The certificate is available to all majors at MU.