The School of Natural Resources and the Environment is concerned with the management and conservation of natural ecosystems with emphasis on the deserts and rangeland and forest ecosystems of arid and semiarid environments. Graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy prepare students for (1) research and teaching in the areas of natural resource science, conservation, management, and planning; and (2) positions in natural resource management agencies and organizations. All students are urged to gain a broad understanding of social and political institutions as they affect fundamental relations of humans and their environment, particularly those involving plants, animals, soil and water resources, and climate. Students pursuing the MS or PhD degree may elect one of four disciplinary emphasis areas: Ecology and Management of Rangelands; Natural Resource Studies; Watershed Management and Ecohydrology; and Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation and Management.
In addition, the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, in collaboration with the School of Geography and Development, offers post-baccalaureate studies in Geographic Information Science (GIS). An accelerated dual degree program in natural resources (MS) and business administration (MBA) is also offered.