What will I learn?

Natural resource ecology and management provides an integrated education in renewable natural resources management, conservation and utilization, and a valuable perspective on critical environmental problems on local, regional and global scales.

The management of natural resources becomes increasingly important as demands on natural and managed habitats increase. The quality of our lives is directly connected to the health of our ecosystems. Natural resource ecology and management at OSU is designed to give you the tools necessary to understand and apply ecological sciences and principles to benefit mankind and the environment.

Career paths

The professional positions our natural resource ecology and management graduates pursue upon graduation are as varied as the natural resources they wish to protect and enhance. Potential jobs include: Conservation officer; Environmental consultant; Fire ecologist; Fisheries biologist; Forest resource manager; Game warden; Rangeland conservationist; Refuge/preserve manager; Research scientist; Stream ecologist; Veterinarian; Zoo biologist.


Seniors in their final capstone course tackle a real resource management problem for a land or resource agency, working with a professional or private landowner.

Student Involvement

Students in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management have the opportunity to join and become active members of one of the many student organizations available in the department. Participation in one or more of these organizations provides students the opportunity to attend state, regional or national meetings where they gain valuable advantages through networking, student competitions and interacting with various career-related activities.

Fast fact

The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management also offers two study abroad courses, one to the Galapagos Islands and the other to the Andes Highlands of Peru.

Real-world experience

Students in all options are encouraged or required to have internships or professional summer job experience before graduation. This provides students real-world experiences, enhances their educational experience and may lead to permanent employment following graduation.

Which department am I in?

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Study options

Full Time (125 hours)

Tuition fees
US$28,220.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

17 August 2020


College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

136 Agricultural Hall,

Oklahoma State University,



74078, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed a high School GPA 3.0+ (based on a 4.0 scale).

For international students

International students qualify for assured admission if they meet the following criteria: English-language proficiency exams: iBT TOEFL Score: 61+ or IELTS Academic Score 5.5+ and; High School GPA 3.0+ (based on a 4.0 scale).

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About this uni

Everyone who works and lives at OSU is committed to creating an exceptional educational, residential and social experience for all who study there.

  • Home to students from more than 100 countries
  • The university has a global alumni network
  • Over USD 320 million is given every year to scholarships
  • Stillwater is a safe, friendly and affordable place to live