Natural Resource Sciences Graduate Program

The School of Natural Resources offers graduate programs leading to a Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences. The broad diversity of climate, habitat, hydrology, soils, and near-surface and subsurface geology across Nebraska provides a multitude of opportunities for field study in each of these areas. Our excellent faculty conduct research throughout Nebraska, across the United States, and around the world.

Excellent laboratory, computer, and field facilities are available for performing up-to-date analyses in all resource areas, as well as in water chemistry, GIS, geophysics, computer modeling, remote sensing, and geospatial image analysis. State, federal, and private natural resource organizations provide unique opportunities for cooperative research and degree-related work.

Many students focus their studies in one of our numerous specializations. These specializations are optional, well-defined areas of study that have been approved by the Graduate Council and appear on transcripts alongside degrees and majors. Each specialization has an unique set of requirements that must be met for a program to be considered completed.

Our Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences specializations include:

We also offer Minors to our Masters students. These minors include:

  • Water Resource Planning and Management
  • Natural Resource Sciences

Our Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences specializations include:

SNR and the UNL Statistics Department developed a joint PhD program that allows students to synthesize their studies in natural resource sciences with various statistical approaches. For more information about this degree option, please contact Drew Tyre.

Please note: before you apply to our program, you must find a faculty advisor who will guide your studies. Browse our faculty listing for

If you have particular questions about our Natural Resource Sciences graduate programs, we welcome you to contact:


SNR Graduate Student Secretary

102b Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE 68583-0921