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Sustainable Resource Management deals with the protection of all natural resources. If you major in this, you’ll learn how we use said resources, how we should use them (which isn’t always how we do use them), what affects them, and how they can be best protected and preserved.

Your studies will expose you to all the different sectors that play a role in the abuse and preservation of natural resources. For example, you’ll learn how social systems affect the environment—how people and organizations interact with natural resources, how values affect people’s views of the environment, and how various societies differ in their treatment of it. You’ll learn about the importance of biodiversity, and what we can do about endangered species of animals and plants. Ultimately, you’ll investigate ideas for what you can do to better manage the environment and utilize resources in a way that will ensure their long-term availability.

Much of your coursework will be based on research and field study, giving you first-hand experience in this exciting and endlessly important field.


  • Biodiversity

  • Biological Sciences: Energy Transfer and Development

  • Community Resource Management

  • Conservation Science

  • Ecosystem Management

  • Environmental and Resource Economics

  • Evaluation of Environmental Impact

  • Natural Resources Data Analysis

  • Natural Systems

  • Planning for Sustainability

  • Resource Assessment and Monitoring

  • Silvics

  • Social Systems

  • Values and Sustainability

  • Water Resources Institutions and Policies

  • Wildlife Management


Prepare for a major in Sustainable Resource Management with AP courses in biology, chemistry, math, and computer science. Business courses would be useful if your high school offers them. And groups or clubs with environmental concerns could provide you with valuable perspectives.