Natural Resources Planning & Deci​sion Making


Students who study this major will learn the basics of natural resource science and the complexity of working with multiple stakeholders.  Students will learn skills such as GIS and spatial analysis, planning, policy analysis, econ​omics, multiple-objective decision making, and working with the public.  They will critically engage in efforts to solve many of the complex resource management issues currently facing the United States and the world.  Students will be strongly encouraged to participate in an approved internship the summer after their Junior year.  Students apply biological, ecological, economic and social knowledge to address natural resource issues and policy.  Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science Degree.

What do you do?
You conduct landscape level planning, including watershed planning, and decision making based upon economics, social aspects, spatial constructs and a strong background in natural resource science.  You analyze data, develop forecasts and recommend policies, regulations and implementation procedures that will create sustainable land use patterns.  Graduates will find many types of jobs in many different locations.  Review the American Planning Association’s Considering a Career in Planning for more information about the opportunities.  See Planning with Power for an example of natural resources focused planning.

An excellent way to learn more is to schedule a visit.  Please feel free to schedule a visit by contacting FNR Student Services by email,, or call 765-494-3591.

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Forestry and Natural Resources, 715 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2061 USA, (765) 494-3590

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