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Ecological Management and Restoration

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

  • Bachelor of Science

Are you interested in managing or restoring wildland, rangeland or plant communities? The ecological management and restoration major is an interdisciplinary program that encompasses fields of ecology, applied plant biology and the social sciences. Students in the major learn how natural and managed ecosystems function and interact with the natural environment, human society and social change. Graduates will be prepared to face the challenge of managing and repairing ecological systems so the systems reliably supply human needs while conserving and sustaining ecological services and diversity.

Major Requirements

You will gain a solid foundation in the biological and physical sciences followed by advanced courses to develop your understanding of ecological and botanical sciences. You will learn how plant propagation and physiology, soil science, genetics, and plant and wildlife ecology and evolution are related to the restoration and management of communities and ecosystems. You will gain hands-on experience through a combination of laboratory courses, field courses and internships.

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Degree Outcomes


  • Environmental Restoration Practitioner
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Farm Manager
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Natural Resources Conservation Specialist
  • Naturalist Education Specialist
  • Park Botanist
  • Rangeland Ecologist
  • Reserve Manager
  • Restoration Ecologist

Graduate Study

  • Horticulture and agronomy
  • Plant sciences
  • Environmental sciences
  • Conservation biology
  • Business

Alumni Employers

  • Cache Creek Conservancy
  • City of Davis
  • City of Sacramento
  • Sierra Club
  • Nature Conservancy
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