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Natural Resource Conservation and Management, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States
The Natural Resource Conservation and Management Program at the Western Carolina University prepares students to protect and advocate for the wise use of natural resources. In jobs ranging from wetland ecologist to conservation coordinator, graduates may collect information about forest,soil and water conditions,prepare reports and apply techniques for protecting and restoring specific conditions.
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Key facts:

  • The Natural Resource Conservation and Management Program offers you a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Conservation and Management with concentrations in forest resources and soil and water conservation and a minor course of study.
  • Few places can match Western Carolina's location for studying our natural resources. Located in the heart of the southern Appalachians and surrounded by 6,000-foot peaks, national forests, national parks, the program’s hands-on activities take place in areas with some of the highest biological diversity in the world.
  • Core courses range from water and landscape ecology to methods for studying, conserving and managing natural resources. Students then concentrate their studies in forest resources or soil and water conservation. Courses incorporate hands-on and field experiences. Students practice sampling techniques at the nearby Cullowhee Creek Field Station and Western Carolina Hydrological Research Station, and take part in fieldwork made possible through Western Carolina University’s partnerships with the National Park Service, United States Forest Service and Balsam Mountain Preserve. In addition, paid internships assisting with tasks such as water quality monitoring or mapping are available through the nonprofit Forest Stewards program. Students also can get involved with the Institute of Watershed Research and Management, or Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, which are based at WCU.
  • Graduates gain employment in positions such as forester, ecologist and consultant with state and federal forest and wildlife management agencies, extension services and schools, landscaping firms and nurseries, environmental protection agencies, museums and universities, nonprofit conservation organizations, soil and water conservation districts, environmental consulting firms and many others.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Natural Resource Conservation and Management curriculum include:

  • Principles of Biology 
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • General Chemistry 
  • Natural Resource Economics
  • Geospatial Analysis
  • Remote Sensing
  • Soils and Hydrology
  • Precalculus
  • Methods in Natural Resources Management
  • Wildlife Ecology and Management 
  • Applied Geographic Information Systems
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Integrated Resources Management

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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