Natural Resource Policy and Management

Welcome to the Natural Resource Policy and Management track within the International Environmental Policy program.

An environmental policy student gathers acorns at Fort Ord as part of the global work party.

The Natural Resource Policy and Management track prepares students to be leaders in biodiversity protection at local, national, and international levels. Our graduates work for a variety of governmental organizations including, city, state, and federal agencies, intergovernmental organizations such as the UN, national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), consulting firms, and private companies looking to minimize their environmental impact. Students within this track focus on resources as diverse as forests, fisheries, minerals, freshwater, and natural protected areas. Understanding how climate change is impacting all of these resources is essential and woven throughout the curriculum.

In addition to an innovative curriculum, students have multiple opportunities to collaborate with world renowned institutions like the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program and the Big Sur Land Trust. The Institute is also a member of the COS MARINE program, which provides opportunities to work with other excellent local education and conservation organizations to gain practical experience in marine conservation. In addition, the Institute's new Center for the Blue Economy provides students with a number of internship and research opportunities, as well as additional education opportunities such as conferences and the International Marine Policy speaker series.


  • Protected Areas Policy
  • Environmental Conflict Management
  • International Watershed Management
  • Corporate Activism
  • Natural Resource Project Management
  • Conservation Finance, Monitoring, and Evaluation
  • Conservation Leadership
  • Sustainable Agriculture

To learn more about the Natural Resource Policy and Management track, please review the course descriptions below as well as the internship and career opportunities within this field of study.


To meet the demands of a fast-paced policy world, our curriculum is constantly evolving and new courses are regularly introduced. Below is a sample of courses that have been offered in the past and does not guarantee their availability every semester. Although students must complete 8 credits within the Natural Resource Policy and Management track to fulfill the track requirements, students are encouraged to take elective courses offered outside of their track to develop interdisciplinary skills and to link areas of interest.

Sample Natural Resource Policy and Management Courses

Explore Careers

As the importance of biodiversity protection becomes more widely recognized, the demand for Natural Resource Policy and Management graduates is increasing. The multi-faceted, professional skills developed in this track prepare our students for leadership positions in this fast-growing field.

Our graduates are working in Brazil, China, Germany, Laos, Peru, the United States, and other locations around the world. Learn more about the Natural Resource Policy and Management positions held by our alumni. Visit the organizations' websites to learn more about internship and job opportunities.