M.S. Natural Resources
Problem Solving for Nature
Work alongside internationally recognized faculty leading natural resources research in pursuit of your degree and make an impact on the problems facing our natural world. Our research encompasses a wide range of natural resource disciplines and offers both a thesis and non-thesis option.
- Choose a thesis or non-thesis option from a wide range of disciplines
- Ready access to thousands of acres of working forests, rangelands and waterways.
- Conduct research on 2.3 million pristine acres at the Taylor Wilderness Research Station.
Biogeochemical Cycling and Ecophysiology
Ecology (theory, applied, modeling / community, organism, etc.)
Environmental Political Science, Attitudes and Behaviors
Forest Biometrics and Silviculture (including FBRI Fellowship)
Forest Sciences (excl. operations and pathology)
Genetics and Molecular Ecology
Geomorphology, Hydrology, and Earth Sciences
Global Environmental Change
Natural Resource Economics
Pathology, Insects, and non-fire Disturbances
Policy Analysis and Land-Use Planning
Remote Sensing, GIS, and Ecosystem Modeling
Renewable Materials (incl. forest products)
Restoration and Regeneration (incl. nursery sciences)
Rural Community Development and Planning
Social Impact Assessment
Tribal and Traditional Knowledge
Wildland Fire Sciences
The M.S. degree in CNR has one designation: Natural Resources. However, thesis topics must be chosen from disciplinary areas within a college department. The minimum program consists of 30 credit hours, of which 18 credits must be 500-level courses. Up to 10 of these 500-level credits can be in departmental or program 500 Research and Thesis (e.g. WLF 500, FOR 500, NRS 500, etc). This degree requires completion of a thesis project (or non-thesis project) that is the result of original work carried out by the student under the supervision of the major professor and the graduate advisory committee.