Find Your Fit

For students who have a passion for the environment — and how we choose to use our natural resources — discovering the right educational path can open a world of career options.

Whether your interest is in working with wildlife, shaping environmental policies, managing land for timber, ensuring clean water, creating recreation programs, or engineering everyday products from natural resources, a degree from the College of Natural Resources at NC State will help you pursue your passion.

Intern to New Hire

Sylvia Ann Weir didn’t always know she wanted to be a forester.

“When I entered my major as a freshman, I did not understand what forest management was or anything. However, through my classes and field experiences, I now understand the benefits forest management provides to the landscape, and I feel empowered that I have real knowledge and understanding of practices to improve and protect forest health,” says Weir.

Sylvia Ann graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Forest Management in 2017 and went straight to work for the USDA Forest Service in Louisiana. In her new role, she uses GPS and GIS technology to map timber for harvest, identifies buffers zones to protect streams, assists in timber marking, and more.

Hands-on experience directly shaped Sylvia Ann’s future career path. In addition to the College of Natural Resources’ nine-week summer immersion program, Sylvia Ann spent two summers interning for the USDA Forest Service, assisted in the NC State Christmas Tree Genetics Program, and was a Work Crew Scholar helping to manage College-owned forestland.

#6 in the Nation.

USA Today ranks us among the top colleges in the country for the study of natural resources and conservation.

Education that Leads to Vocation

In the College of Natural Resources, students find a home that provides a hands-on educational experience that prepares them for success after graduation.

All of our students, regardless of major, benefit from experiential learning through internships, immersion summer programs, study abroad and undergraduate research opportunities. These real-world experiences help them become the well-rounded graduates that employers are seeking.

Although NC State is located near thriving downtown Raleigh, students complete many of their classes in the 85,000 acres of college-owned forest that provides a living laboratory. With reduced class size and direct access to faculty and staff support from application to graduation, we’re proud to offer our students an intimate community in a large university, providing the best of both world.