About the School of Natural Resources

There's a place for you in natural resources!

Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building
School of Natural Resources Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building

A love of the natural environment and your place within it can take many forms — from managing forests and wildlife to opening up the outdoors to all people.

Natural resource jobs are diverse. They range from working with computers and other hi-tech equipment to working outdoors managing an area or gathering data for field analysis.

The School of Natural Resources (SNR) is one of the leading educational institutions in the nation emphasizing an integrated approach to natural resource management.

SNR our different areas of study allow you to find the perfect fit ... for your career ... for your life. Choose from these undergraduate degrees:

Small classes, personalized advising, student research experiences, the latest technology in our classrooms ... this is what you'll find in the School of Natural Resources.

As a graduate you will be prepared to manage, use and sustain natural resources through sound ecological and economic approaches. You will make a difference by:

  • Shaping new environmental policies.
  • Conserving soil.
  • Assuring healthy streams and clean water.
  • Managing forests for multiple benefits.
  • Providing for abundant fish and wildlife populations.
  • Creating outdoor recreational opportunities.
  • Using natural resources to provide therapy.
  • Predicting weather occurrences and climatic patterns.
  • Monitoring changes in the environment.
  • Educating others about the environment.

SNR is a division of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Our teaching, research and extension efforts are based on an integrated, scientific approach to natural resources management. It is housed in the Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building containing state-of-the-art teaching, research and outreach-extension facilities. SNR programs are ranked among the top 10 percent of similar programs nationally.

The School of Natural Resources consists of 42 faculty and instructors, 47 staff members, 700 undergraduate students, and 150 graduate students. The School includes faculty in Atmospheric Science; Environmental Science; Fisheries and Wildlife; Forestry; Parks, Recreation and Tourism; and Soil Science. Multiple federal agencies (USDA-ARS, USFS, USGS) are housed on the MU campus, and some are co-located with SNR. Consequently, this results in strong linkages and collaborative opportunities between SNR faculty and federal entities. The School also has robust collaborative ties to state agencies charged with managing natural resources, and numerous opportunities are available to access and conduct research on the extensive and diverse public lands surrounding Columbia.