What will I learn?

Students in the natural resources science and management program emphasize one of the following tracks: 1) forests: biology, ecology, conservation, and management; 2) economics, policy, management, and society; 3) assessment, monitoring, and geospatial analysis; 4) recreation resources, tourism, and environmental education; 5) forest hydrology and watershed management; 6) forest products; or 7) paper science and engineering.

Program Sub-plans

Assessment, Monitoring, and Geospatial Analysis

Addresses measurements and related technology applications and resource analysis.

Economics, Policy, Management, and Society

For students interested in focusing on how society values and makes decisions about the use, management, and protection of natural and environmental resources.

Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management

Brings together the integrally related areas of earth sciences, soils, and water resources management with an applied focus on wildland ecosystems, which may include the interface of forests with grasslands, wetlands, and agriculture.

Forest Products

For students who wish to specialize in areas such as: wood and fiber as raw materials; deterioration of wood; wood mechanics and structural design; wood moisture interactions and drying; processing and performance of composites; economics of manufacturing systems; technology and processing of solid wood products; marketing, design and production of housing components; and energy-efficient building construction.

Forests: Biology, Ecology, Conservation, and Management

Focuses on forest resources and allows students to choose from specializations in the following areas: forest biology, ecology, ecophysiology; genetics and tree improvement; tree physiology; reproductive biology and forest regeneration; forest growth and vegetation dynamics; timber harvesting, silviculture, and sustainable forest management; landscape ecology, restoration, and management; conservation of biodiversity and wildlife habitat management; forest health; disturbance (including fire) ecology; urban and community forestry; and agroforestry. Research normally focuses on forest and related ecosystems.

Paper Science and Engineering

Specializes in areas such as: the chemistry and biotechnology of lignocellulosic materials; material science of paper and fiber products; paper recycling; energy and manufacturing efficiency in the pulp and paper-making process; novel and environmentally friendly pulping and bleaching, transport processes through porous media, surface and colloid science of papermaking; chemical engineering applications in pulp and paper processes; and statistical process control.

Recreation Resources, Tourism, and Environmental Education

Focuses on the use and management of natural resources for recreation and tourism.

Intake: Fall and Spring

Which department am I in?

College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$27,612.00 per year

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

Start date

Expected January 2022

Venue

College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

277 Coffey Hall,

1420 Eckles Avenue,

ST PAUL,

Minnesota,

55108, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Anyone who has or will obtain a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or a comparable degree from an officially recognized college or university outside the U.S. may apply for graduate admission.

For international students

Anyone who has or will obtain a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or a comparable degree from an officially recognized college or university outside the U.S. may apply for graduate admission.

The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.

English Language Proficiency Requirements: TOEFL iBT – Total Score: 79; Writing Subscore: 21; Reading Subscore: 19; IELTS Academic – Total Score: 6.5; Writing Subscore: 6.5; Reading Subscore: 6.5; Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE Academic) – Total Score: 59; Writing Subscrore: 59; Reading Subscore: 59; Cambridge Assessment English (CAE) C1 Advanced – Total Score: 180; Writing Subscore: 180; Reading Subscore: 180.

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