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Natural Resource Conservation and Management Program

Student in the forest


The Natural Resource Conservation and Management (NRCM) Program offers you a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Natural Resource Conservation and Management with coursework in forest resources, fisheries and wildlife management, and soil and water conservation.

Located in the heart of the southern Appalachians and surrounded by 6,000-foot peaks, national forests, national parks, and some of the highest biological diversity in the world, our program boasts a natural laboratory for hands-on teaching and learning. Few places can match Western Carolina's location for studying the protection and wise use of our natural resources.

Our graduates gain employment with state and federal forest and wildlife management agencies, conservation organizations, forestry consulting firms, soil and water conservation districts, environmental consulting firms, and many other organizations.

Bachelor of Science in NRCM Requirements and Course Descriptions


NRCM Internship Opportunities

Paid internships are available to support students who participate in research projects or stewardship activities related to natural resource conservation and management. Interns are paid by the hour; additional support may be available for equipment, supplies, and travel. Download the documents below for more information.

Forest Stewards Internships

Faculty and Staff

Natural resource conservation and management is an interdisciplinary program in which the faculty, practicing experts of their field, will teach you to apply your knowledge and experiences towards managing and conserving natural resources.

Meet our faculty and staff

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