Man’s interaction with the environment is the focus of the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment as we seek to prepare students for careers or advanced studies in management, conservation, protection, regulation, and restoration of natural resources. Integration of the human dimensions of resource use with conservation and management forms the foundation of the Natural Resources and Recreation Management Program. Environmental Science merges concepts in geology, ecology, biology, chemistry and physics to provide students with a strong science foundation which forms the basis of understanding of environmental issues. Both programs incorporate technology such as geographic information systems, remote sensing, and discipline specific instrumentation to provide students with up to date educational experiences preparing them for decision making in our modern world. Additionally, both programs integrate understanding of laws and regulations relevant to aspects of conservation, protection, and management of natural resources on which students are focused.