In the field


At NC State’s College of Natural Resources, our mission is to leave the world better than we found it. We seek to protect and nurture the environment, engineer sustainable products and solve the grand challenges facing society.

A Sustainable Future for All

The College of Natural Resources is a world leader in the sustainability and stewardship of the planet we share.

Across a broad array of programs, we supply students with the technical expertise and hands-on experience they need to thrive out in the world. We encourage our award-winning faculty to work across disciplines and find innovative solutions to global challenges. And we partner with industry and government to put our research to work in communities everywhere.

In the 21st century, the management, use and preservation of natural resources present new challenges every day. Our college is the go-to place for solutions to those challenges.

Mary C. Watzin, dean of the College of Natural Resources

For almost a century, the college has served vital industries in North Carolina — including the state’s largest manufacturing sector, forest and wood products; its largest service sector, tourism; and more than half a million forest landowners. Together, these industries sustain more than half a million jobs and generate $50 billion in annual economic impact.

But our research goes even farther afield: We’re recognized globally as experts in sustainability, the management of land and water, and solutions at the intersection of built and natural environments. In keeping with NC State’s land-grant mission, we’re dedicated to securing a healthier, more sustainable future for all.

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NC State is the best-value public university in North Carolina, according to SmartAsset.

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A Career Path for Your Passion

For students who care about the environment — and the goods and services it supports — the College of Natural Resources offers a myriad of programs and career possibilities.

Alongside powerhouse industries like forest management and paper science engineering, we introduce students to the worlds of ecosystem assessment, policy and administration, conservation, environmental technology and management, sustainability, parks and recreation, tourism, and sports and golf management.

Whatever you choose to study at the College of Natural Resources, you’ll gain the skills needed to succeed after college. We offer high-impact education that molds students into future leaders, and all our graduates gain hands-on experience as a requirement of their degree.

As part of a diverse group of 1,400 undergraduate students and 420 master’s and Ph.D. students, you’ll enjoy the close-knit feel of a small college at a big university — as well as access to the many natural resources of the great state of North Carolina.