Environmental issues are complex. They require a wide range of skills to be successfully addressed. The bachelor of science degree in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources prepares students to examine conservation issues through a multi-disciplinary lens that takes into account an issue’s political, social, economic and ecological dimensions.
Students in the HDNR degree gain skills to see an environmental issue through the eyes of diverse groups of stakeholders, to understand perspectives of an issue that may be different than their own, and how to work effectively with others to collaboratively address environmental issues.
Students in HDNR acquire the skills to design a plan and identify the steps needed to help achieve environmental goals. The HDNR degree prepares students for a variety of jobs in conservation, with an emphasis on jobs that require strong interpersonal skills, leading others, and collaborating with people with diverse insights and opinions. These skills are transferable to a wide gamut of conservation jobs, such as a community outreach coordinator for an environmental non-profit organization, an associate with an environmental planning firm, or an educator for a government land management agency such as the National Park Service.