The University of Arizona

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Welcome to the School of Natural Resources and the Environment!

You can select any of six options or emphasis areas in the Natural Resources Major: 
Conservation Biology | Ecology, Management, and Restoration of Rangelands Fisheries Conservation & Management | Wildlife Conservation & Management | Global Change Ecology and Management | Watershed Management and Ecohydrology

Each academic option provides the background required for at least entry-level positions with most agencies and organizations involved in natural resources conservation and management, and for graduate programs in applied ecology or resource management.  If you do not see answers to your questions, just contact us

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The Conservation Biology Option encourages students to study conservation across taxa (invertebrates, vertebrates, plants, fungi, microbes) and across scientific disciplines (ecology, genetics, evolution), supported by courses in policy, planning, and economics. It provides an option to pursue careers in education, law, policy, and other non-scientific approaches to conservation. Students will have the knowledge, skills, and experiences for careers as conservation biologists, conservation planners, ecologists, environmental educators, researchers, or resource managers. Graduates will be equipped to pursue graduate degrees, work for government agencies or non-profit organizations -- such as The Nature Conservancy and Land Trusts -- or become involved in environmental law or policy. Students completing this option could be qualified for Civil Service positions under the titles Ecologist, Fish and Wildlife Biologists, and Botanist.





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Global Change Ecology and Management is a new option designed to prepare students to work effectively as natural resource scientists and managers in a rapidly changing world. We are responding to growing student concern about, and interest in, global change impacts and how society will deal with them.  We are recruiting and training a new generation of natural resources leaders ready to address evolving management changes in the face of global change.  We offer this new option out of the conviction that there is no area of natural resource science or management that will be unaffected by global change in all its manifestations. The Global Change Ecology and Management (GCEM) program draws on SNRE strengths in the biological, physical, and socio-economic sciences.   GCEM class options draw from course offerings within and outside of SNRE, tapping into strengths in this area across the University.  Newly developed courses will complement and build on the existing curriculum to provide a strong foundation of knowledge.  





Study the ecology, management and restoration of diverse rangelands environments including deserts, grasslands, shrublands, woodlands and meadows.  This program prepares you for a broad range of careers with government agencies, non-profit and conservation organizations, and private landowners. Range management professionals may inventory soils, plants, and animals; develop resource management plans with agencies or private firms; help restore degraded lands; or manage a preserve or ranch.

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                      Our program offers:

1.      Hands-on experience with research and restoration projects

2.      Excellent employment opportunities

3.      26 elective units provide course work flexibility (see below for elective suggestions)

4.      Faculty advisors provide fact-to-face meetings   Faculty in this Program

5.      Significant scholarship opportunities 




Watch this video to see Rangeland Ecology students in action!  Watch video

More about a career in rangeland managment can be found here.  Watch video

Careers in Cooperative Extension article by Elise Gornish  Link to article


Possible Ways to Apply Your 26 Elective Units

These are not graduation requirements. Instead, they are suggestions for selecting Elective Units that match your career and personal goals. Click on each job title for specific course lists and terms offered.  Meet with your academic adviser to explore the best fit for you.

Federal Positions with Specific Course Requirements


Elective Units Needed

Short description

Biological Science Technician


Entry-level position that typically includes general resources management and invasive species control.



Work with endangered species, restore damaged ecosystems, combat invasive plants, measure responses of vegetation to grazing or prescribed fire.



Attention to ecological relationships in rangeland ecosystems to perform monitoring, management, and research activities.

Plant Protection Technician


Entry-level position that typically includes work related to detection, inventory, mapping and control of invasive, weedy, and poisonous plant species.

Rangeland Management Specialist


Activities on federally-managed rangelands including vegetation management, monitoring, livestock production, and coordinated resources management.

Range Technician


Entry-level position that typically includes conservation, regulation, and use of public lands for grazing; range research; and forest fire control. 

Soil Conservationist


Assist conservation organizations and private land owners to plan and carry out soil and water conservation activities.

Wildlife Biologist


Perform wildlife management activities for federal government agencies.

University of Arizona Certificate with Specific Course Requirements

Geographic Information Systems Certificate


Compile, represent, and analyze information about the world around us. Make maps, calculations of land area types, and proximity of different features from each other. These have become critical skills for entry-level positions.

Subject Matter Expertise without Specific Course Requirements

Cooperative Extension Agent


Develop education and research programs to improve natural resources and agriculture practices performed by private ranchers and farmers as well as public land managers.

Environmental Education and Communication


Develop effective communication and teaching skills to help people understand and appreciate the complexity and potential of rangelands.

Environmental Law and Policy


Contribute to the analysis and development of the laws, policies, rules, and regulations directing the use of public and private rangelands. 

Peace Corps


Develop skills to prepare for internally-based public service working with local stakeholders to enhance environmental understanding and local livelihoods.

Restoration Ecologist


Apply ecological and agricultural principles to promote the recovery and sustainability of natural ecosystems.


Watershed Hydrology and Management is the art and science of managing the natural resources of wild land drainage basins, with special consideration given to the quantity and quality of the water resource. Watershed managers are concerned with sustained productivity of such products as water, wood, forage, wildlife, and recreational opportunities. Watershed management graduates are qualified for careers in organizations and businesses concerned with integrated land management, the environment, or water resources. Many are employed as hydrologists. Employers include federal or state agencies, municipal water districts, private consulting firms, and conservation organizations. The study of watershed management emphasizes the combined physical, biological, and management aspects of natural resources, with special attention to water. Students receive specialized course work in subjects specific to the management of surface water resources. The curriculum also emphasizes social science, communication skills, and procedures for analyzing policy, as these tools are becoming increasingly important components of successful resource management activities.



Undergraduates may pursue an option in either Wildlife Conservation and Management or Fisheries Conservation and Management. Wildlife science and fisheries science are the study of wild animals, fish, and other aquatic organisms. This involves the study of their biology and the interrelationships with each other, with humans, and with the physical and biological environment that makes up their habitat. Managers and biologists are concerned with maintaining species diversity, improving conditions for declining and endangered species, managing populations that are hunted or fished, conducting law enforcement, and coordinating other resource management activities to maintain environmental quality. Some professionals may be active in surveys of plants and animals, operation and management of refuges and hatcheries, pollution monitoring and testing, design and conduct of research, habitat improvement, pest management, environmental education, or computer modeling. Professionals in wildlife and fisheries are employed by federal agencies - the Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, and Forest Service, for example - and by state game and fish departments or departments of natural resources.




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Minor in Natural Resources

Students in any major can add a minor in Natural Resources  A minimum of 18 units is required.  All students must take ECOL 182R(the lab is not required) as well as RNR 200, RNR 316 and at least 9 elective units.


Natural Resources Minor Course List


Minor in Climate Change and Society

A minimum of 21 units is required. Courses offered cover Climate Science, Social Perspectives and Sustainable Solutions.

Climate Change and Society minor course list


Please contact an advisor to make an appointment to add the minor in Natural Resources:

Katelyn Loomis
Academic Advisor (Last names A-L)
School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Environment and Natural Resources 2, N322
Ph: 520-621-1792
Katie Hughes
Academic Advisor (Last names M-Z)
School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Environment and Natural Resources 2, N321
Ph: 520-621-7260
Appointments are available via eSMS.  Remember to choose CALS when you have the choice, and then you can use the search box to type in my name to find my availability.  

What are the admissions requirements and how do I apply? 

For general information on transferring to the UA from an Arizona Community College this link is a good place to start.  

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How will my units transfer? 

What is an AGEC and which one is best for Natural Resources?

Because our major is science based, the AGEC-S will best prepare you for your degree in Natural Resources.  

Additional coursework that can be taken at your Community College includes a basic economics course, additional math or physics, and a course in speech communication.  Please see the 4-year plan for the option in which you are interested for more information on how the requirements for each of our options vary.  If you have questions, feel free to contact the academic advisors! 


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Advising in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment is an important part of a student’s academic life.

Our undergraduates have access to professional and faculty advisors throughout their undergraduate careers.

Students have access to the Academic Advisors (Katie Hughes and Katelyn Loomis) and to the Associate Director for Academic Programs (Dr. Stuart Marsh) for questions relating to all aspects of their program. Our students are also assigned a faculty advisor. Faculty advise students in the options affiliated with their program and are therefore essential in selecting technical electives, promoting career development, and for mentoring internships and independent studies.  Additionally our students have access to professional advisors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Career and Academic Services office.  These advisors assist students with UA policy issues as well as general education and transfer credit.

School of Natural Resources and the Environment Advisors

Katelyn Loomis, Academic Advisor for Natural Resources Majors (Last names A-L)

621-1792, Environment and Natural Resources 2, N322,


Katie Hughes, Academic Advisor for Natural Resources Majors (Last names M-Z)

621-7260, Environment and Natural Resources 2, N321,


Katelyn and Katie are the go to people for academic advising, learning about internships, finishing your degree check, learning about research/academic opportunities, and discussing University policy. 


Dr. Rachel Gallery, Associate Director SNRE, Environment and Resourses 2 (ENR2), 520-626-4685


Faculty Advisors

Every student should have a faculty advisor. If you don’t remember who your advisor is, email Katie or Katelyn — they keep a list.


Main College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Advising Office, Forbes 211

Nancy Rodriguez, Associate Director - Advising, Orientation and Retention

621-3616, Forbes 203,

Nancy can help you with general education advising, and serves as a contact with the College if you are butting up against University policy. If it is a college-level question, see her first. Also, she can help with transferring of course work.




Changing Your Major


We would be happy to meet with you to discuss your options in Natural Resources! Appointments with the academic advisors, Katie Hughes and Katelyn Loomis, are available via eSMS.

Remember to choose CALS when you have the choice, and then you can use the search box to type in my name to find my availability.  

If you don’t see an appointment time that will work for you, please contact Katie or Katelyn directly to make other arrangements.


We’re so glad you are interested in majoring in Natural Resources!


What are the admissions requirements?

The School of Natural Resources and the Environment does not have additional requirements apart from the basic entrance requirements and guidelines specified by the University of Arizona.  Because our major is grounded in the biological sciences, a strong background in math, chemistry and biology in high school is highly recommended.


How do I apply?

Steps to apply

Students interested in the Natural Resources major apply to the University of Arizona and select Natural Resources as their major.

Be sure to select an option under Natural Resources at the same time.  If you are unsure about which option to choose, talk to one of the advisors in SNRE.  They can help you determine the right option based on your interests.


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