UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
The revised conservation and environmental planning major is a combination of the former conservation program and former community planning program. This new program is designed as a comprehensive field-based natural resources management program, teaching you both management of the natural world and the human or "built" environment as well as the complex interactions between the natural and built systems. The conservation and environmental planning program will also include a focus on ecological restoration to provide expertise in the growing field of restoring damaged or destroyed ecosystems.
All students will take a set of core and support courses and must select either the conservation option or the environmental planning option, depending on your interests and goals. Students may also select a restoration management emphasis which focuses on the process of restoring degraded, damaged or destroyed ecosystems. A conservation minor and environmental planning minor are also available.
The recently-founded Institute in the Plant and Earth Science department is a new way for current students in the program to gain real-world experiences through certifications and restoration projects on and around campus. Learn more.
Remediating the impacts of human activity and restoring performance and balance to natural systems have become defining themes in resource management. Increased career opportunities focused on these efforts have developed in response to these trends. The restoration management emphasis was created in order to prepare students to seize these new career opportunities and meet new challenges in the management of our natural resources and the restoration of natural systems.
The restoration management emphasis consists of 15 credits and can be taken by students of any major. View all required courses on the degree requirements page. Courses will prepare students for the full scope of natural ecosystem restoration, including forest, prairie, stream, lake, and wetland restoration, along with a course focused on civil engineering techniques.
As a student in this program, you will learn to:
As a graduate of the conservation and environmental planning program, you can expect job positions in the following areas: