At the School of Natural Resources, we share our passion for the outdoors, emphasizing the interconnectedness of all living things and the world around them. We help you develop the skills needed to manage, sustain and renew our Earth’s natural resources for the common good because our world depends upon your success. Here, you can study everything from groundwater quality to weather patterns at a place where no animal is too small or too scaly to ignore.
Go ahead and escape the ordinary. Seek your adventure with us.
Majors & Minors
Explores the impacts of weather and climate by collecting and interpreting climate data to determine the role of climate in agriculture, natural systems, and climate policy management.
Initiates or accelerates the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged or contaminated from human activity or natural agents.
Conserves and manages wild and captive populations of fish, birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, as well as their habitats in a variety of settings.
Strategizes tree management in urban and rural environments while addressing natural resource challenges, such as invasive pests and climate change.
Sustains high-quality water supplies in nature for use by plants, animals, people communities, and industries, and resolves conflicts among users.
Go beyond the classroom with these opportunities
Join a club at SNR and meet other students just like you while learning from professionals, volunteering around the community, and having fun. There are ten clubs to choose from.
UNL and SNR offers many opportunities for students to conduct their own research, participate in internships, gain certifications or take a short-term intensive workshops. Apply for an UCARE or Cabela's Apprenticeship and find an advisor to start getting hands-on experience.
Come for a Visit
Husker Weekday Visit
Experience for yourself what life is like as a student at Nebraska. Husker Weekdays are free campus visit opportunities held daily. During your visit, you’ll explore campus with a current Nebraska student as your guide, tour a residence hall, and learn more about student involvement opportunities. You’ll also get the chance to discuss important admission, scholarship and financial aid information with Nebraska Office of Admissions staff.
East Campus Visit
The best way to learn more about the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) is to visit campus. East Campus visits include a tour of east campus, information about CASNR, a one-on-one visit with the recreuitment coordinator of your desired program area, and, best of all, Dairy Store ice cream!
Want more information about a School of Natural Resources’ undergraduate program, but not ready for a full campus visit? Schedule a one-on-one Zoom meeting with our recruiter to learn more about one of our 5 undergraduate programs. You’ll learn about curriculum, undergraduate research opportunities, and how you can study abroad during your time at Nebraska.
"The School of Natural Resources places high value on work experience, and as someone who lives with passion for zoos, wildlife, conservation, and education, I realize that there could not be a better opportunity available for me. The Honolulu Zoo and the Honolulu Zoo Society offer wonderful experiences not only for children (or keiki, in Hawaiian), but also for me as a staff member. "
"My mentors have helped me get off on the right foot for my project. They have accelerated my brainstorming and helped me envision what I want to enact such as my prototype. They have also been walls I can bounce off my ideas and receive feedback for. "
"I came to the University after looking into all the research opportunities and connections to governmental agencies that Nebraska has. There is some form of University extension all around the state and its reputation for effective and meaningful research greatly interested me."
"I love how passionate the community is within SNR, both the student body and the faculty. It’s amazing to hear about all the amazing things everyone stays busy with! Also, I love how many opportunities there are here. I refer to UNL as "opportunity overload," which can be overwhelming at times when it feels like there is so much to do. However, having so many opportunities is never really a bad thing. "
"I was recruited to swim here at the University. When I took my official visit, I was not expected to be blown away by the opportunities, resources and people here at Nebraska. I was looking into engineering while visiting other universities, but I took a chance on exploring the Fisheries and Wildlife major and I am so happy I did. I had a meeting with Dr. Mark Pegg and I was truly amazed to find out that I could make a career out of doing the things I love."
"Soil 279 (Soil Evaluation) is one of my favorite classes that I have taken so far. We would go out in the field every week to evaluate and describe different soil properties. It is basically a hands-on learning experience to prepare you for the Soil Judging Competitions. I learned so much and I got opportunities to travel with my team to Kansas and California, as well as for the competitions last year! "
"I absolutely love when the professors or students get to nerd out about what animal or soil type or insect they love! It’s a joy to see the looks on people’s faces when they can talk long and hard about the specifics of what they love! I also enjoy students being able to share with each other the things they care about in the world from, larger scale subjects like the environment to animal conservation to climate activism to something as big as coding. "
"One of my first college visits to UNL included a tour of the Herpetology Lab with Dennis Ferraro. It was only supposed to be a 30-minute tour, but we were there for about an hour and a half, because I was so interested in all of the reptiles he had. I made my decision to come to Nebraska shortly after that trip. "