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Natural Resources Management

Degrees Offered

Natural Resource Management
New Mexico Highlands’ master’s degree in natural resource management combines elements from physical and biological science to create a great program to launch your career. The program is unique in its requirement for knowledge about Cultural Resources Management, and the interaction with people of diverse cultures and communities typical of the Southwest.

Working with our dedicated faculty, students can develop individualized programs of study in the environmental science and management concentration to develop their interests. Faculty has research interests in wildlife, plant and forest ecology, aquatic ecology and chemistry, restoration of soil resources degradation, entomology, soil erosion and surface hydrology.

New Mexico Highlands University offers the only bachelor’s degree in forestry in New Mexico. Students majoring in forestry at the undergraduate level may choose a concentration in forest management or wildland fire. The program also offers a master of science degree in natural resource management. The program is continually changing to give students a real-world understanding of ecological functions and emerging modern technologies like global positioning systems, geographic information systems, and computerized data collection.

Geology at Highlands
The environmental geology B.S. – geology concentration is an interdisciplinary major concerned with the practical application of the principles of geology in the solving of environmental problems. Courses provide students with scientific knowledge, mathematical proficiency, research skills, technical abilities, and writing competencies to launch exciting and rewarding career in the geosciences.

Conservation Management
Conservation Management provides students with skills to integrate the diverse array of social, political, legal, institutional, cultural, economic, ecological, and biophysical considerations inherent in attaining environmental and resource management goals. This degree prepares students for a variety of careers in research, industry, education, government, or public service. Students must complete a total of 43 to 46 hours in anthropology, biology, chemistry, forestry, and geology. The University requires at least 45 credit hours in upper (300-400 level) courses. The BA in Conservation Management requires a minor.

Geographic Information System Certificate
The GIS minor and certificate program at New Mexico Highlands University provides hands-on experience with the latest geographic information system technology that can immediately be applied in the workplace, provide a highly marketable skill-base when seeking employment or pursuing an advanced degree in GIS. Students who complete either program will be highly prepared to use map data for decision-making in business, environmental protection, risk assessment, utility planning and management, emergency response, land use planning, transportation planning, delivery route planning, real estate, crime prevention, and many more.


Natural Resource Management


Undergraduate course catalog: Natural Resource Management

The New Mexico Highlands undergraduate catalog outlines your options and the steps you need to take to complete degree requirements for your chosen major. To ensure the seamless completion of your degree, consult often with your academic adviser and utilize Highlands’ Degree Audit tool to keep track of your academic progress.


Graduate course catalog: Natural Resource Management

Graduate students are assigned to a faculty adviser within their area of study. The faculty adviser will help the student complete a program of study to satisfy the specific course requirements within their area, outlined in the Graduate Catalog.  The courses listed must satisfy the course requirements prescribed in the catalog of record. The academic adviser will provide guidance in completing your program of study.

Important Dates

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Graduates of the NMHU Natural Resource Management program can be found in the following occupations:

  • Conservation Scientist and Forester
  • Zoologist and Wildlife Biologist
  • Environmental Scientist and Specialist
  • Natural Science Manager
  • Geoscientist
  • Hydrologist

Faculty & Staff

Natural Resources Management

Faculty & Staff


Mission of the Department of Natural Resources Management

The mission of the NRM Department academic programs is to provide students with a solid understanding of the natural environment and to improve the utilization and stewardship of land, water, and forest resources. The allied degree programs in Conservation Management, Environmental Geology, and Forestry offer high quality instruction that includes hands-on learning, field immersion, and laboratory experience. Both the Environmental Geology and Forestry degrees instill scientific and technical backgrounds that empower students to successfully pursue science and technology careers or proceed to advanced graduate studies. The NRM professors strive to make each student’s educational experience challenging and rewarding.

The mission of the Master’s program in Biology is to provide graduate students with a high quality science education that includes experience with research and field projects. We offer a Thesis Track MS Program centered on an individual research project guided by a graduate faculty adviser and advisory committee and a Non-Thesis Track MS Program. Our Master’s Programs provide a scientific and technical background that empowers students to successfully pursue science and technology careers, or proceed to advanced graduate studies.


Mission of the Forestry Program

The mission of the Forestry program in Natural Resources Management department is to engage in teaching, research, and service in forestry to promote the sustainable management of forest resources. The Forestry teaching program seeks to enhance the competency and excellence of the forestry profession. The undergraduate Forestry degree program is designed to educate well-rounded, technologically proficient, and ecologically aware forest managers, providing them with a background sufficient to enable them to support the continued health, integrity, and use of forests for the benefit of society. Being part of a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), the Forestry program seeks to address the needs of underrepresented students in the forestry profession.