The Natural Resource and Environmental Conservation major objectives are to prepare its graduates for professional careers by:
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. The Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation major is accredited by the Society of American Foresters.
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:
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 five academic pathways:
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.
Students majoring in Sustainable Bioproducts will develop a strong foundation in the manufacturing of wood and fiber-based products, their physical and mechanical properties, environmental implications, marketing, sales, and trading of wood and composite materials composed of agricultural resides and other natural fibers. Besides structural materials, specialty chemicals such as polymers and adhesives from natural resources, and bioenergy such as bio-oils, alcohols, and pelletized fuels are increasingly important to sustainable industrial production. In addition to utilizing the state’s timber and agricultural residues, the program seeks to increase the use life of wood and non-wood materials, and to enhance sustainability by use of preservative treatments and developing improved designs.
Students must complete a specified major core curriculum and one of two academic pathways.