Natural Resource Management & Policy program at Cal U

California University of Pennsylvania is registering students now for a new program in Natural Resource Management and Policy.

The interdisciplinary program is designed to address the needs of the resource extraction industry in southwestern Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale region and beyond. Classes begin in August.

The new program draws on the disciplines of geology, chemistry, biology and environmental studies to prepare students for employment within the energy industry or in areas such as environmental compliance and mitigation.

A key component of the program its emphasis on law and policy issues specific to the energy sector. The curriculum includes courses in land management and administration, natural resource law and policy, oil and gas law, ethics, and conflict resolution.

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies: Natural Resource Management and Policy program at Cal U also includes a minor in geology.

Hands-on learning

In addition to classroom studies, Cal U’s Natural Resource Management and Policy program offers opportunities for fieldwork, internships and other hands-on educational activities. Students may earn professional certifications with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).

Program graduates will be prepared to work within the rapidly growing oil and gas industry, and/or to assist with environmental safety and compliance, mitigation, wetland delineation and bio-monitoring activities.

Whether they choose a career within the energy sector or in the environmental field, program graduates should be able to communicate effectively with industry representatives, compliance officers and policy-makers.


California University of Pennsylvania continues to register students for the Fall 2014 semester. For more information about the new program in Natural Resource Management and Policy, visit

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