University of Wisconsin–Madison

Environment, Natural Resources & Wildlife

What does it mean to work in fields such as Environmental Planning/Conservation, Sustainability, Resource Management, Remediation/Compliance, Quality Assurance/Control, or Wildlife Management/Care? Where should you be looking to gain experience to build your career path in these directions and what types of skills are most valued? Meet with a career and internship specialist to discuss how your liberal arts and science degree can translate to a career in Environment, Natural Resources, & Wildlife.

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Employment of conservation scientists and foresters is projected to grow 7 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Heightened demand for American timber and wood pellets will help increase the overall job prospects for conservation scientists and foresters.

Occupational Outlook Handbook: 2017

Check Out Related L&S Courses

There are a wide array of courses open to L&S student that will help you explore careers in Environment, Natural Resources & Wildlife. Check them out to gain insight and earn academic credit:

Application of geology to problems resulting from the ever more intense use of the earth and its resources. Lecture and discussion. Learn more and register at MyUW

Atmospheric problems of global significance. Greenhouse warming, ozone layer, acid rain, climate change. Study based on elementary principles of atmospheric science. Systems approach applied to changing atmospheric composition. Interactions among geochemical cycles, anthropogenic inputs and other parts of the environment. Learn more and register at MyUW

This course provides an exploration of the global and local nature of environmental problems facing us, including issues of climate change, food, energy, economic globalization, deforestation and land use change, biodiversity loss, resource scarcity and access, environmental justice, and population. Through group and individual work, this course considers how we should analyze and act on environmental problems as we confront the apparently daunting scale of such issues. The theme of this course is that what appears to be single global environmental problems are actually composed of many smaller context-specific and place dependent problems or conflicts. Through an interdisciplinary and geographic perspective, these can be understood and addressed at the scale of our lives. Learn more and register at MyUW

What are sources on which members of religious communities draw in order to understand and address environmental change? This course explores how religious persons and communities confront global environmental questions and challenges today, with case studies drawn from culturally and religiously plural societies such as India and Indonesia. Introducing diverse varieties of Christianity, Islam, and Hindu and Buddhist systems, course gives overview of some approaches in the environmental humanities related to philosophy, history, sociology and anthropology, and ethics. Learn more and register at MyUW

Making Connections

Student/Professional Organizations

UW-Madison has a variety of environmental related student organizations to consider joining. They range from geology, zoology, conservation biology, and wildlife. Check out a few!

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Graduate School Resources

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