Natural Resource Management Bachelors Degree Pennsylvania

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Natural Resource Management and Policy

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Program overview

Now Cal U students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies: Natural Resource Management and Policy with a Geology Minor.

New in fall 2014, this balanced program addresses the needs of the resource extraction industry in southwestern Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale region and beyond.

Natural Resource Management and Policy is an interdisciplinary program that examines law and policy issues specific to the energy sector while drawing on the disciplines of geology, chemistry, biology and environmental studies. What courses will I take?

In addition to classroom studies, the program offers opportunities for fieldwork, internships and other hands-on educational activities. Students also may earn professional certifications with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).

Career-focused learning

The concentration in Natural Resource Management and Policy addresses employers’ needs by preparing students to work within the rapidly growing oil and gas industry and other resource extraction areas.

Graduates will be trained to provide assistance with environmental safety, environmental compliance, mitigation, wetland delineation and bio-monitoring activities. In addition, they will be able to communicate effectively with industry representatives and compliance officers, as well as policy-makers.

Employment options

Recent growth in the oil and gas industry has expanded the job market for graduates in both earth and environmental sciences. Potential jobs include:

  • Air, water or soil quality specialist
  • Land manager
  • Environmental health and safety manager
  • Geographic information systems (GIS) manager

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Portrait of Dr. Robert Whyte.

For more information about the B.S. in Environmental Studies: Natural Resource Management and Policy program, contact Dr. Robert Whyte at 724-938-5359 or


Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies

Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Department of Earth Sciences

Eberly College of Science and Technology