Environmental and Natural Resources (B.S.)


  • Within walking distance of campus are 17,500 acres of Experimental Forest dedicated to education, research, demonstration and recreation.
  • A current Creative Inquiry research team is researching the fate of latex balloons released into the environment.
  • Next to campus is the 56,000-acre Hartwell Lake, and the mountains are just a short drive away.
  • Our University has a strong Solid Green mission and environmental sustainability campaign.

Ecology and Conservation Biology are becoming increasingly important fields of study as we learn more about the influences of human activities on ecosystems and seek to build a more sustainable society. The world is blessed with an abundance of natural resources, but the problems associated with their conservation are immense. Protecting rare and endangered species, preventing and controlling invasions of exotics, preserving old growth forests, restoring degraded ecosystems, and balancing the resource demands of industry and the public are just some of the environmental issues you’ll face. Many of these issues are also enmeshed in politicized environments. As an environmental and natural resources major, you’ll learn methods for confronting some of the world’s most pressing problems. 


What you'll study:

What fun is it to learn about the natural world when you’re surrounded by four walls? Clemson students have an amazing opportunity to explore the natural beauty that is abundant both on and off campus. Quickly shed the classroom walls and surround yourself instead with trees, streams and wildlife. The program offers three diverse concentrations for you to choose a curriculum that fits with your specific interests.

Conservation Biology Concentration
The conservation biology concentration is oriented toward students who desire a greater exposure to taxa, their habitats and their interrelationships.

Natural Resource and Economic Policy Concentration
Take a more in-depth study of economics and policy application with our natural resource and economic policy concentration.

Natural Resources Management Concentration
With a focus in natural resources management, you’ll study management practices for various natural resource subcategories. 


Popular Minors:

  • Crops and Soil Environmental Science
  • Park and Protected Area Management
  • Political Science
  • Wildlife and Fisheries Biology

Similar Majors:


Whether for academics or recreation, there are opportunities for students in environmental and natural resources to be outdoors! Clemson is home to more than 17,500 acres of forestland and 56,000 acres of freshwater.  

Internships and Research Projects:

This amazing faculty-led study abroad opportunity jets students off to Kimberley, South Africa. You’ll study the ecology of three distinct regions, visit Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and see hundreds of species of wildlife.
Creative Inquiry teams take on projects like one that is exploring the effects of climate change and land use on the organisms in the Appalachian Mountains.

Connect with Other Students:


What are students doing at graduation?*




Grad School


Seeking Employment



Where are students headed at graduation?*

Recent employers and job titles*

  • USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service – Soil Conservationist
  • The Coca-Cola Co. — Environmental Researcher
  • Sierra Institute for Community and Environment — Research and Education Intern

Recent graduate schools and sought degree types*

  • Utah State University — Master’s
  • College of Charleston — Master’s
  • University of Florida — Master’s

Common Career Areas**

  • Fish and Wildlife Management
    • Scientist/Biologist
    • Technician
  • Parks, Recreation and Tourism
    • Recreation Specialist
    • Environmental Educator
    • Park Administrator, Naturalist or Superintendent
  • Management and Conservation
    • Consulting/Land Use/Analytics
    • Research/Conservation
    • Real Estate
  • Policy and Planning
    • Administration/Planning/Compliance
    • Policy/Law/Lobbyist
    • Economist
  • Environmental Science and Technology
    • GIS Technician/Analytics
    • Air and Water Quality
    • Toxicology
    • Environmental Health or Safety
  • Science and Biotechnology
    • Research and Development
    • Regulatory/Toxicology
    • Field, Lab or Research Technician
  • Communication and Education
    • Technical Writing
    • Public Relations/Tourism/Journalism
    • Political Action/Lobbying
    • Teaching (Traditional and Non-Traditional)
*Provided by the department.
**Used w/permission from Univ. of Tennessee.

Have more questions or want more information? Fill out the form below, which goes directly to the following department contact. If you’d also like to receive general University information from Clemson’s admissions office, please follow the link to the right and sign up to join our mailing list.

Katie Black, Student Recruitment Coordinator
888-472-5433 — hulse@clemson.edu