Major in Forest and Natural Resource Management

The Forest & Natural Resource Management (FNRM) major focuses on forest management, conservation, parks, urban forestry, and the environment.  Field sessions, top faculty, small class sizes, and a big reputation make this a great major for those who love the outdoors and want a career in natural resources. (View the FNRM flyer.) 

Three Tracks

Students within FNRM choose to specialize in one of three tracks:

Forest Ecosystem Management & Conservation: Learn about forest ecosystems and how to manage them to protect and ensure their sustainable use.  Students study conservation planning, ecology, forest policy and protection, timber production, resource analysis, and more. (Curriculum Guide

Park & Protected Area Management: Learn how to plan and manage parks, wilderness, forests, lakes, rivers, and other natural resources for the visitors who enjoy them, for the communities who depend on them, and for society as a whole. (Curriculum Guide

Urban & Community Forestry: Learn about the ubran environment and the planning, design, and management of trees and vegetation in parks, greenbelts, open spaces, and private lands. (Curriculum Guide

Why should I choose FNRM at the University of Minnesota?

The FNRM major comes with its own unique set of benefits.

  • All the benefits of a large University with the small community feel of the St. Paul campus 
  • A science degree with applicable skills
  • Field studies: we offer three unique field sessions for hands-on experience
  • Our faculty are leaders in the field
  • As the only four-year accredited degree in MN, FNRM will provide you more opportunities in your career
  • Many connections to local, state, and federal agencies and the natural resource industry here in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, and across the country.
  • Opportunities to work, study, or volunteer abroad in programs related to the major.
  • Plenty of job and internship opportunities nearby while you are a student

Careers

Our graduates are qualified for a wide variety of environmental careers.

Forester Arborist Park manager
Park / river ranger Forest ecologist Restoration specialist
Urban forester Forest hydrologist Silviculture specialist
Conservationist Forest health specialist Soil & water conservationist
Environmental planner Habitat manager Sustainable tourism planner
Forest manager Nursery manager Watershed manager
Environmental educator Recreation manager Wilderness manager

 

What about the cost?

We are committed to helping our students and are currently offering a scholarship to ALL incoming students to the FNRM program. Yes, all! Award amounts vary with each student, but we guarantee a base scholarship to each new student in their first year. In following years, students can apply for additional scholarships, and many of our students receive significant support through their senior year. Learn more about scholarship opportunities.

What is SAF Accreditation?

The UMN's FNRM program is the only four-year program in Minnesota accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF).  Many positions require a four-year accredited degree to be eligible for hire or for advancement opportunities, so having our FNRM degree will set you apart.  Both the reputation and accrediation of the UMN's FNRM program will provide you with more opportunities and help take you further in your career.

What is it like on campus?

The FNRM major is on the St. Paul campus of the UMN's Twin Cities campus where we feel like we have the best of both worlds. Our students get to enjoy the small community feel of St. Paul campus with access to all the resources and opportunities (academic help, study abroad, research, clubs, activities, etc.) of the larger University of Minnesota.