Alderson Broaddus University Announces Natural Resource Management as New Undergraduate Major
ABU to launch Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management in Fall of 2017
Philippi, W.Va. – Alderson Broaddus University announced Natural Resource Management as the newest addition to its undergraduate offerings. The announcement was made on Thursday, March 23, 2017 during a press conference held on the Alderson Broaddus campus.
The Natural Resource Management major is a multidisciplinary program designed to provide graduates with the ecological and managerial knowledge and ethics to maintain profitable production of a variety of natural resources.
“Students enrolled in the Natural Resource Management Program will not only gain a liberal arts education critical to effective leadership, but also develop their technical skills as ecologists and business managers,” said Dean of the College of Science, Technology and Mathematics Dr. Ross Brittain. “Students will take classes to give them a broad foundation in the natural sciences combined with courses focused on forest ecology, wildlife ecology, environmental policies and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Students will also take management and microeconomics courses to prepare them to make the difficult business decisions for which many natural resource experts have not been trained. Each student will also have the flexibility to choose one of three concentrations to develop the depth of their knowledge and prepare them for a career of their interest. The program is capped by an Internship or a research project designed to show their ability to apply their knowledge to real world resource management situations.”
An undergraduate major in Natural Resource Management continues Alderson Broaddus University’s excellence in biological and environmental sciences.
“It is an excellent fit with our other science- and business-oriented programs,” said Provost/Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Joan Propst. “Given our location in Appalachia and our surroundings, this program will give students an opportunity to stay in the Mountain State and contribute to the preservation of our natural resources with a keen eye toward policy and regulation considerations. I am pleased that Alderson Broaddus University is able to bring this program to fruition on our campus with our environment as our classroom.”
Students who complete the Natural Resource Management degree have employment opportunities with private lumber of energy companies, public sectors like the US Forest Service or US Fish and Wildlife Service, or Division of Natural Resources or the Department of Environmental Protection at the state level or with non-profit organizations.