Forest and Natural Resource Management

This major allows you to study forestry, conservation, parks, protected areas, or urban greenspace. It's an excellent choice for students who love the outdoors and are interested in a career as a natural resources professional.

What can I specialize in with this major?

Students in the Forest and Natural Resource Management major choose one of these tracks:

  • Forest Ecosystem Management and Conservation: This track prepares students to manage forest ecosystems, with a focus on conservation and sustainability. Graduates pursue careers as forest managers and conservationists, or work in forest policy, timber production, and more.

  • Park and Protected Area Management: This track prepares students to plan and manage parks, wilderness, forests, lakes, rivers, and other natural resources. Graduates tend to work in land and park management, recreation planning, tourism, visitor education, and more.(NOTE: This track is similar to the former Recreation Resource Management major.)

  • Urban and Community Forestry: This track prepares students to plan and manage natural resources in cities. Learn about the selection and care of trees and plants in areas such as streets and urban parks.

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What jobs can I get with this major?

This major opens the door to many career choices related to natural resources. Specific options partly depend on which track you choose. Graduates find positions as foresters, arborists, park managers, water resource managers, conservationists, ecologists, recreation planners, land acquisition specialists, hydrologists, GPS analysts, environmental educators, and more.

See a list of sample job titles and other career information from the Career and Internship Services office. This office provides professional career counselors for all CFANS students.

Why choose CFANS for this major?

The Forest and Natural Resource Management major (FNRM) is consistently ranked among the best in the country. Faculty in the Department of Forest Resources are recognized nationally and internationally for their work. The department maintains strong connections to government and industry, so when you graduate, you'll be connected to a diverse network of natural resources professionals.

CFANS offers many hands-on learning experiences, which is essential for students studying natural resources. The renowned Cloquet Forestry Center is part of the University of Minnesota, which means FNRM students will gain experience in a specialty forestry center. Students also have access to the Urban Forestry Nursery, located right on the St. Paul campus.

What classes are required? What’s the curriculum like for this major?

Classes in this major combine science, management and public policy, all focused on natural resources. Required class topics include biology, botany, soil science, chemistry, social sciences, and forest ecology. You’ll also work directly in forest regions to gain hands-on experience.

Find requirements for this major in the University Catalog. For information about academic planning, see the Department of Forest Resources website, where you'll find a “Curriculum Guide” for each track in this major (with lists of classes).

After you're admitted to CFANS, you'll work with an academic advisor to enroll in the classes that fulfill this major's requirements. Your CFANS advisor will help guide you toward academic success.


Change of major name: CFANS formed the Forest and Natural Resources Management (FNRM) major in 2013 by combining its Forest Resources major with its Recreation Resource Management major. Those topics are now tracks within the FNRM major.