What is Natural Resource Management?

Do you want to make a difference in protecting the environment and the public good and diversify access to resources for everyone? The College of the Environment’s BA degree in Natural Resource Management focuses on the policies and practices that make that happen. The major focuses on resource sustainability and environmental resilience while at the same time querying positionalities and cultural-economic lenses around resource access in diverse populations and landscapes. 

Natural Resource Management Degree(s)

Natural Resource Management (Extension), BA

Location: Everett
Location: Poulsbo
: Port Angeles

Using an interdisciplinary approach, the Natural Resource Management program focuses on problem-solving and implementing shared visions to effect laws and policies that monitor and manage environmental and climate change. These laws and policies protect diverse, culturally appropriate, health-driven, economically viable landscapes — in the United States and worldwide.


Dr. Jenise M. Bauman, Program Director
cenvssr@wwu.edu | (360) 394-2756

Nabil Kamel, Department Chair
kameln@wwu.edu | 360-650-2440

Dr. Jenise Bauman examining a branch with two students.

Dr. Jenise Bauman and students on a forest restoration field trip.

Major at Western

This major supports students in exploring how stakeholders attempt to regulate pollution, manage (for the long-term) natural resources, protect natural spaces, and counter environmental disturbances. It emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to solving urban problems that face communities. 

Students can choose an emphasis: 

  • Climate/Energy
  • Land Use
  • Food Security

We are proud to offer this degree to our students and to continue our program’s strong community partnerships worldwide, in which students apply their learning to assist communities in organizing for sustainable futures. With sustainability and climate change at the forefront of humanity’s greatest social and ethical problems, students studying natural resource management will learn about “how” government works and how to be most effective in solving global issues.

College of the Environment – Salish Sea Region

Pursue a bachelor’s degree on the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas and Snohomish County. Through partnerships with local community colleges, the College of the Environment – Salish Sea Region offers environmental bachelor’s degree options and professional certificates within the greater Salish Sea region. Classes are available at Olympic College-Poulsbo, Peninsula College, and the Everett University Center with field locations for hands-on study.

Upper-division classes are offered evenings and weekends and are designed to be completed by full-time students within two years.

What can you do with a Natural Resource Management degree?

The program prepares students with the knowledge and skills to make positive changes toward a socially and environmentally just world. Graduates are prepared for professional careers in policy agencies, consulting firms, and non-profit organizations at the local, state, and federal levels of government and for advanced graduate study.

Natural Resource Management Careers

  • Natural Resources Manager 
  • Land Steward
  • Land Restoration Consultant
  • Environmental Attorney
  • Environmental Policy Analyst
  • Environmental Resources Consultant
  • Energy Consultant