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Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation

Natural Resources & Environmental Conservation

Natural Resources & Environmental Conservation Major

The Natural Resource and Environmental Conservation major objectives are to prepare its graduates for professional careers by:

  • 1) providing both the relevant domains of knowledge and their application to the solution of real-world problems and achievement of defined objectives, including in-depth coverage of ecology and biology; measurement and evaluation of natural resource environmental components, properties, and functioning; management of ecosystems; and legal, regulatory, policy, and economic aspects of ecosystem administration and management
  • 2) establishing awareness of historical and current issues and policies affecting ecosystem management and conservation
  • 3) providing a variety of educational experiences including lectures, discussion, simulations, computer applications, individual and group projects in laboratories and field experiences, and a capstone course teaching students to conduct environmental impact assessments.

The purpose of these experiences is to ensure that graduates of the program can knowledgeably develop, apply, facilitate, and/or execute natural resource and environmental management plans that adequately address matters of ownership/public goals and objectives, ecosystem health and sustainability, and the legal and regulatory environment.

Wildlife, Fisheries, & Aquaculture Science Major

The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture’s mission is to provide information and train individuals for public agencies and private interests to manage wildlife and fish resources. Working to accomplish that mission, department faculty include wildlife scientists, wildlife extension specialists, fisheries scientists, fisheries extension specialists, aquaculture extension specialists, federal wildlife and fisheries scientists in the Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit, and aquaculture scientists. The Department also has close ties with the USDA APHIS Wildlife Services and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

Students must complete a specified major core curriculum and one of six academic pathways:

  • 1. Conservation Law Enforcement
  • 2. Human-Wildlife Conflicts
  • 3. Wildlife Agriculture Conservation
  • 4. Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Science
  • 5. Wildlife Pre-Veterinary 3+1 Program
  • 6. Wildlife Veterinary 4 Year

Your demeanor and actions reflect on you, Mississippi State University, the College of Forest Resources, the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture, our faculty, the student body, our alumni, and our profession as a whole. Therefore, you should conduct yourself appropriately regarding to conduct, appearance, and respect for others.

The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture has collectively agreed on a set of expectations and consequences for students relative to behavior and habits to apply in classes, during transportation and laboratories, which include trips to private property, professional meetings, federal and state forests, refuges, field and industrial operations, and field sites.

Forestry Major

The forestry major is a science-based program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry and consists of five concentrations; Environmental Conservation, Forest Management, Forest Products, Urban Forestry, and Wildlife Management Concentration. All concentrations are accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). The Forest Products concentration is also accredited by the Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST).

By combining a general education with specialized professional courses, the curriculum is designed to produce graduates who have skills in interpersonal communications, written and oral communications, and cultural understanding. Graduates of the major are qualified to become a Registered Forester in Mississippi after successfully completing an examination for this purpose with the Board of Registration for Foresters (BORF) in Mississippi. Graduates are also qualified to become Society of American Forester Certified Foresters by successfully completing an exam.

Students must complete a specified major core curriculum and one of six academic pathways:

  • 1. Environmental Conservation
  • 2. Forest Management
  • 3. Forest Products
  • 4. Urban Forestry
  • 5. Wildlife Management

Forestry is a profession, and foresters are expected to conduct themselves as professionals beginning with their education. Behavior and habits developed now will carry over and affect your career progress. Forestry is more than trees; working with people is an important element of your successful career. You will interact with people from all walks of life, in all manner of ways. Respecting others, being aware of how your behavior affects them, and the impression you are conveying is crucial to your professional development.