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Major Spotlight Series: Forests, Plants, and Wildlife

The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources (CFANS) offers majors in environmental science; bioresources and bioenergy; engineering; food, animal and nutritional sciences; applied economics and business; education; agriculture; natural resources; and plant sciences. Below are descriptions of just three of the 14 majors to choose from within CFANS.
        

Major: Horticulture

Description: This major prepares students for a variety of career opportunities including research (plant breeding/genetics); food and plant production (sustainable/organic); plant use and function (design/restoration); or recreation (golf courses/parks). Students gain experience in the use of plants to alter environments, restore damaged landscapes, improve health and well-being of individuals, educate people about science, improve community environments, and provide recreational and practical benefits to the public. Areas of study include Nursery and Floriculture Production, Organic Horticulture and Local Foods, Plant Breeding & Genetics, Restoration Ecology, and Turfgrass Science. 

Examples of Careers: Crew Supervisor, Design Assistant, Environmental Scientist, Farm Apprentice, Assistant Golf Course Superintendent, Horticulturalist, Nursery/Greenhouse Manager, Production Coordinator, or  Project Manager

Major: Fisheries and Wildlife

Description: This major provides students with a broad science background emphasizing biological and environmental sciences along with other course work needed for careers in fisheries, wildlife, conservation biology, and other natural resource and environmental fields. The program also provides students with a fundamental science background needed to enter a wide variety of graduate programs in biological and natural resource sciences as well as professional programs in veterinary medicine, environmental  law, and environmental education. Areas of specialization include:

  • Conservation Biology
  • Fisheries
  • Wildlife 

Examples of Careers: Biological Science Technician, Conservationist, Conservation Officer, Ecological Restoration Specialist, Environmental Biologist, Environmental Consultant, Environmental Educator, Fish Hatchery Manager Naturalist, Wildlife Biologist, or Zoo Biologist

Major: Forest Resources

Description: This major prepares student to plan, implement, and research the management, protection, and sustainable use of forest and related resources and environments, including timber, water, wildlife, recreation, and aesthetic resources. Coursework includes the physical, biological, and social sciences with managerial sciences and policy, field skill development, and technologies for measuring and monitoring natural resources. There are two possible tracks of specialization:

  • Forest Ecosystem Management and Conservation Track
  • Urban and Community Forestry Track

Examples of Careers: Biological Science Technician, Conservationist, Ecological Restoration Specialist, Environmental Biologist, Environmental Consultant, Fish Hatcery Manager Naturalist, Wildlife Biologist, or Zoo Biologist

If you would like to learn more about Horticulture, Fisheries & Wildlife, or Forest Resources, join us at the CFANS Sneak Preview on Monday, July 16! Click here to register today!

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