Degree Overview

Students studying Environmental Science and Resource Management (ESRM) learn about natural and human-dominated landscapes and how to apply this knowledge to real-world problems. With a focus on sustainability, students work with professors and regional experts on environmental issues. Fieldwork gives students enhanced opportunities for experiential learning and service in a rich contextual landscape.

ESRM is an open major, which means students currently registered at UW can declare this major at any time as long as they have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average. It is also transfer-friendly, allows for over 50 free electives and can easily be combined with minors and double degrees. Learn more about the ESRM Major requirements, internship guidelines, and scholarship opportunities available.

A minor in ESRM is also available. Review the requirements for this degree on the ESRM Minor page.

ESRM Undergraduate Learning Objectives

Knowledge Sets

Students completing the bachelor of science degree in ESRM will have understanding of the following:

  • Social, ecological and economic theory, concepts and processes at a variety of spatial, temporal and institutional levels.
  • Biological, physical and chemical processes.
  • Professional and environmental ethics.
  • Application of ecosystem and social concepts along the urban to wildland gradient.
  • The process of science, design and management; the process models used to describe and communicate them; and their role in contemporary environmental issues.
  • Interactions among plant, animal and abiotic features of the ecosystem.
  • Business, ecological and social tradeoffs in natural resource management and use.
  • Policy in context with cultural and historical heritage.
  • The expected consequences of implementing a research, design or management plan and be able to explain them.

Skill Sets

Students completing the bachelor of science degree in ESRM will have the skills to:

  • Work in interdisciplinary teams.
  • Communicate to a diversity of audiences using written, oral and graphic methods.
  • Recognize research methods used by the social, natural and design sciences
  • Apply analytical skills, including basic measurement and monitoring skills.
  • Complete at least one of the following: Devise and conduct a scientifically sound inquiry; design a management plan, including plans for its implementation.


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