Sustainable Resource Management B.S.


Plan a sustainable future that’s right for you — and created by you!

The SUNY Morrisville Bachelor of Science degree in sustainable resource management prepares you to become a transformative leader in resource planning, as you will learn to build a better tomorrow by applying adaptive resource management skills to help create solutions for today’s complex environmental and sustainability challenges.

Built around a core curriculum of traditional sciences and environmental conservation, this unique program allows you to combine your specific interests and skills to invest in the environment by specializing your degree. You will have the opportunity to create an individualized course of study that blends agriculture and natural & renewable resources disciplines, choosing from technical elective offerings encompassing natural resources, agroecology, agricultural sciences, horticulture, landscaping, urban forestry and renewable energy.

The degree also immerses you in hands-on learning opportunities in our numerous on-campus facilities dedicated to applied learning, as well as through our thousands of acres of college lands. Enriching your experience is a full-semester internship in your specialized field, held during your senior year.

Exciting careers await you upon graduation as a sustainable resource manager in fields such as agroecology, agricultural and natural resource planning and management, soil and water conservation, ecological restoration, conservation biology, and landscape planning and management.

Learn more below about all the ways the sustainable resource management bachelor’s degree prepares you to make a lasting impact as a resource planner for current and future generations:

Learning by Doing

The sustainable resource management bachelor’s degree allows you to learn and work in our environmental science labs in Bicknell Hall, our Aquaculture Center, ACET Center and CEA Greenhouse, and the college’s thousands of acres of fields, forests, streams and wetlands.

In addition to the in-field laboratory education SUNY Morrisville is known for, your last semester is a 15-credit, 600-hour internship that places you in supervised work with a cooperating agricultural or environmental agency. This invaluable experience is a gateway to professional networking opportunities and enhances your résumé in preparation for future employment and career decisions.

While many placement sites are available in New York State, students interested in travel can find internship opportunities nationwide in both the public and private sectors.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the sustainable resource management bachelor’s degree program, a successful graduate will be able to:

  • Develop a comprehensive knowledge of their field of expertise and utilize that knowledge in pursuing potential career opportunities.
  • Display critical thinking through the ability to recognize issues in resource sustainability.
  • Interpret sustainability problems and opportunities across spatial scales from local to global.
  • Correspond professionally and ethically with clients, the public and agency personnel.
  • Integrate the input and perspectives of diverse stakeholders regarding sustainable resource allocation issues.
  • Interpret laws and policies in agricultural, natural and renewable resource conservation and management.
  • Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills in evaluating alternative solutions to complex problems in sustainable resource management.
  • Produce actionable management plans in accordance with current best management practices and in line with adaptive resource management theory.
  • Defend a proposed management plan in terms of best management practice alternatives.

Career Outcomes & Continuing Education

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected that growth in environmental science and sustainability planning and management will be at or above the national average for job growth. The sustainable resource management bachelor’s degree is designed to prepare students for entry into public- and private-sector careers at the planning, supervisory and management levels. A student completing the program can pursue a career as an environmental scientist, natural resource planner/manager, soil & water conservationist, brownfield remediation, ecological field scientist and applied geospatial technologist.

Should you wish to continue your studies following completion of the program, the degree also prepares you for graduate-level studies in resource sustainability.

Program Documents and Information
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