Students can explore the ecological, social, and ethical dimensions of environmental and natural resource issues in the diverse range of undergraduate courses offered by the Department of Natural Resources. The department’s rich selection of courses emphasizing quantitative and analytical skills may be of particular interest to students intending to pursue graduate study or give themselves an advantage for many jobs in related fields. Students considering careers in resource and ecosystem management, environmental policy, or biodiversity conservation will be drawn to many of the department’s course offerings.
The department offers a minor in Natural Resources but its undergraduate focus is now in the Environmental Science and Sustainability major.
Environmental Science and Sustainability
The Department of Natural Resources, its faculty and staff, and its courses play key roles in the new undergraduate major in Environmental Science and Sustainability (ESS), an interdisciplinary major with faculty in twenty departments and four of Cornell’s colleges. Many of the department’s courses are required in the ESS core curriculum and concentrations. All department faculty members advise in the ESS major. ESS also has its advising and administrative offices in the Department of Natural Resources (Fernow 111), where students are always welcome.