The Forest & Natural Resource Management (FNRM) major focuses on forest management, conservation, parks, urban forestry, and the environment. Field sessions, top faculty, small class sizes, and a big reputation make this a great major for those who love the outdoors and want a career in natural resources. The FNRM major is the only four-year program in Minnesota that is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (Forest Ecosystem Management & Conservation and Urban & Community Forestry tracks).
Our students are the next generation of experts and professionals in forestry, conservation, urban forestry, parks, recreation, and more.
The FNRM major is based on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities. Many students enjoy the small, welcoming feel of St. Paul campus while also benefiting from the many amazing opportunities that come along with being part of a larger University. We highly recommend a visit to campus so you can see for yourself what it's like here and to meet our friendly faculty, staff, and students.
We are committed to helping our students and we offer scholarships to all incoming students in the FNRM major. Award amounts vary, and we guarantee a base scholarship to each new student in their first year. Students can apply for additional scholarships in subsequent years, and many students receive significant support throughout their undergraduate career.
Forest Ecosystem Management & Conservation (FEMC): Learn about forest ecosystems and how to manage them to protect and ensure their sustainable use. Students study conservation planning, ecology, forest policy and protection, timber production, resource analysis, and more. This track is accredited by the Society of American Foresters. FEMC Sample Plan
Park & Protected Area Management (PPAM): Learn how to plan and manage parks, wilderness, forests, lakes, rivers, and other natural resources for the visitors who enjoy them, for the communities who depend on them, and for society as a whole. PPAM Sample Plan
Urban & Community Forestry (UCF): Learn about the urban environment and the planning, design, and management of trees and vegetation in parks, greenbelts, open spaces, and private lands. This track is accredited by the Society of American Foresters. UCF Sample Plan
Minors offered by the FNRM Program
Minors are an excellent way to diversify your knowledge and focus your studies in a related area of interest. Our program offers two free-standing minors in Forest Ecosystem Management and Conservation and Urban and Community Forestry. CFANS offers many other engaging minors for FNRM students interested in other areas of environmental study. FNRM students typically meet all the ESPM minor requirements through their regular coursework and are encouraged to apply for it.
Popular minors for FNRM students
- Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management (ESPM)
- Fisheries and Wildlife
- Geographic Information Science (GIS)
- Park and Protected Area Management
- Sustainability Studies
- Water Science
Certificates are an excellent tool to pursue professional development within a related industry. Students interested in certification should contact their academic advisor for more information.