College of Agriculture, Food & Environment

Natural Resources & Environmental Science

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The Natural Resources and Environmental Science (NRES) major is an interdisciplinary program that provides the knowledge, skills, and field experiences necessary for a career in environmental science, natural resource management, environmental consulting and other environmental work.

Potential Careers

The NRES major carries a strong foundation in the natural sciences which prepares you for a variety of technical professions such as:

  • Conservation Scientist
  • Environmental Law & Policy
  • Environmental Quality Manager
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Land Planning Consultant
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Environmental Educator
  • Sustainability Coordintor
  • Watershed Manager
  • Wildlife Technician
  • Urban Planner

 

The faculty were thought-provoking. I would not be in my current position without the effort and preparation that the faculty put into every class.

Tris West

NRES Alum and current Deputy Associate Director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality

What You'll Study

With coursework across the natural and social sciences, you can tailor this program to your interests by selecting both a skill and an environmental emphasis area as key elements of their degree program. The NRES program emphasizes experiential learning through summer camps, internships, research projects and more.

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Imagine Your Future

Conservation Scientists and Foresters

Conservation scientists and foresters manage the overall land quality of forests, parks, rangelands, and other natural resources.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$60,360

per year in 2017

Number of Jobs

36,500

in 2017

10 Year Job Outlook

2,700

new jobs (average)

Work Environment

Conservation scientists and foresters work for governments (federal, state, or local), on privately owned lands, or in social advocacy organizations.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Zoologists and wildlife biologists study animals and other wildlife and how they interact with their ecosystems. They study the physical characteristics of animals, animal behaviors, and the impacts humans have on wildlife and natural habitats.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$58,270

per year in 2017

Number of Jobs

21,300

in 2017

10 Year Job Outlook

800

new jobs (average)

Work Environment

Zoologists and wildlife biologists work in offices, laboratories, or outdoors. Depending on their job, they may spend considerable time in the field gathering data and studying animals in their natural habitats.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Environmental Scientists and Specialists

Environmental scientists and specialists use their knowledge of the natural sciences to protect the environment and human health. They may clean up polluted areas, advise policymakers, or work with industry to reduce waste.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$66,250

per year in 2017

Number of Jobs

94,600

in 2017

10 Year Job Outlook

10,200

new jobs (average)

Work Environment

Environmental scientists and specialists work in offices and laboratories. Some may spend time in the field gathering data and monitoring environmental conditions firsthand. Most environmental scientists and specialists work full time.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Similar Occupations

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Agricultural and Food Scientists
  • Anthropologists and Archeologists
  • Atmospheric Scientists, Including Meteorologists
  • Biochemists and Biophysicists
  • Chemists and Materials Scientists
  • Conservation Scientists and Foresters
  • Environmental Engineers
  • Environmental Science and Protection Technicians
  • Epidemiologists
  • Geoscientists
  • Hydrologists
  • Microbiologists
  • Natural Sciences Managers
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Enhancing Your Time at UK

There are countless ways to “see blue.” on campus, but the best way to maximize your journey at the University of Kentucky is by engaging in an Education Abroad opportunity.

This will allow you to gain a global perspective and enhance future employability. As you take the first step towards investing in your future, we encourage you to take advantage of all the opportunities UK has to offer. Take a look at some of the options UK Education Abroad & Exchanges office suggests to complement your major! #SeeBlueAbroad

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