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Natural Resource and Environmental Conservation

Natural Resource & Environmental Conservation

Natural Resource & 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. The Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation major is accredited by the Society of American Foresters.

Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture 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 Biology
  • 2. Conservation Law Enforcement
  • 3. Human-Wildlife Interactions
  • 4. Wildlife Agriculture Conservation
  • 5. Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science
  • 6. Wildlife Veterinary Medicine

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 five academic pathways:

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

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.

Sustainable Bioproducts Major

The Sustainable Bioproducts major is a multidisciplinary program, which encompasses wood and non‐wood composites and other contemporary engineered products, as well as lumber, chemicals, fuels, medicines and much more. Many products are derived from wood, making it a top renewable resource. The Sustainable Bioproducts curriculum prepares students to work in the forest products field, finding new ways to extend forest and natural resources by utilizing relatively low value trees and agricultural residues.