Forests in the fall at Baskett Wildlife Research and Education Center.

The Natural Resource Science and Management degree with an emphasis in Terrestrial Ecosystems combines interests in wildlife management and conservation and forestry focusing on basic and applied concepts important in land management and species conservation.  The degree addresses the science, art, and craft of creating, managing, using, conserving, and repairing natural and human-dominated ecosystems, in a sustainable manner, to meet desired societal goals.  The degree has elements that belong to the biological, physical, social, political and managerial sciences that are applied to conserving plant and animal species in forests, grasslands, rivers and streams, and urban areas.  The degree also develops students’ skills in working with diverse groups of people.  Students with degrees in Natural Resource Science and Management with an emphasis in Terrestrial Ecosystems can find employment as conservation biologists, ecologists, land stewards, and resource foresters.

Photo by Kyle Spradley, CAFNR Marketing and Communications

Common Career Paths

You can do nearly anything with a Mizzou degree, but here are some common career paths taken by graduates of this major: