Explore the Natural Resources Program
Let the great outdoors become your classroom. A major built for hands-on opportunity and getting you career ready. Prescribed burning, duck banding, bird surveys, mammal trapping, plant and animal identification, radio-telemetry and GIS/GPS training to name a few of the many labs and opportunities you will have on our campus. UMN Crookston also has quick convenient access to two National Wildlife Refuges and a 90 acre natural history area. To make your time here even more valuable, all students complete a federal wildlife firefighter certification.
Natural Resources is a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.
"UMN Crookston has done a better job of preparing students for natural resources work than any college I've seen!" - Paul Swenson, former regional director, Minnesota DNR
Title:Earn A University of Minnesota Degree
Title:six areas of emphasis
Title:Your classroom is outdoors
Title:Research Opportunities Available
Major in the making of you
- Ecological Restoration
- Natural Resources Law Enforcement
- Natural Resources Management
- Park Management
- Water Resource Management
- Wildlife Management
The Natural Resources major prepares students for a variety of career paths based on the emphasis they choose.
- Departments of Natural Resources (DNR)
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- U.S. Forest Service
- Natural Resource Conservation Service
- National Park Service
- Soil and Water Conservation Districts
- County Lands and Forestry Departments
- The Nature Conservancy
- Pheasants Forever/Ducks Unlimited
- Private conservation organizations
AT A GLANCE...
Experience prescribed burning, duck banding, mammal trapping, plant and animal identification, map & compass training, stream and riparian surveys, invasive species management, field sampling and GIS/GPS training.
Join our variety of natural resource based clubs, such as the Natural Resources Club, UMN Crookston Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society, UMN Crookston Collegiate Trap Team, and Crookston Students for Sustainable Development.
Gain field research experiences with UMN Crookston and with faculty from the Northwest Research and Outreach Center, University of Minnesota Extension, other UMN Campuses, other universities, and state and federal agency researchers.
Take regular field trips to regionally-significant resource areas.
Student employment is available supporting the program and maintaining the wildlife museum’s 3000+ specimens.
Experience the on-campus 90-acre Red River Valley Natural History Area managed by students and program faculty.
30-minute drive to two National Wildlife Refuges, dozens of Wildlife Management Areas, five Scientific and Natural Areas, many Waterfowl Production Areas, and other public lands.
Excellent career/job placement through professional contacts and successful alumni.
REAL. HANDS-ON. READY.
Meet your future professors
Phil BairdAssociate Professor
Laura BellLab Services Coordinator
Eric CastleAssociate Professor
Timothy DriscollTeaching Specialist
Matthew LoeslieTeaching Specialist
David SeyfriedSenior Lecturer
Matt SimmonsAssociate Professor
Image:Content:Untamed wilderness. Imagine soaring through the skies and patrolling the roads amidst the beautiful diverse mix of scenery, tundra and grand mountain peaks. This is what University of Minnesota Crookston alumnus Brian Lemay 2018 experiences daily. Lemay is a wildlife trooper for the Alaska State Troopers.
Image:Content:UMN Crookston graduate Maggie Gibbons is someone extraordinary. She loves talking about Harry Potter, playing soccer, and is passionate about animals. Gibbons earned her degree in natural resources with an emphasis in management and a minor in biology. She came to UMN Crookston with several things in mind: nature, academics, soccer, and the feeling of home.