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2022 Best Natural Resources Conservation Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region

21 Colleges in the Rocky Mountains Region
1,142 Conservation Degrees Awarded
$30,033 Avg Early-Career Salary
A degree in natural resources conservation is more popular than many other degrees. In fact, it ranks #50 out of 368 on popularity of all such degrees in the nation. This means you won't have too much trouble finding schools that offer the degree.

College Factual reviewed 21 schools in the Rocky Mountains Region to determine which ones were the best for degree seekers in the field of natural resources conservation. Combined, these schools handed out 1,142 degrees in natural resources conservation to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Natural Resources Conservation School

Best Natural Resources Conservation Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region Your choice of natural resources conservation school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. We derive our Best Overall Natural Resources Conservation School rankings by rolling up our degree-level rankings after weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each school.

In order to find the schools that are the best fit for you, you may want to filter to one of the degree levels below.

Natural Resources Conservation Rankings by Degree Level

Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Natural Resources Conservation Schools in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision. You can also filter this list by location to find schools closer to you.

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More information on how we come up with our rankings can be found here: College Factual's Data Methodology.

Best Schools for Natural Resources Conservation in the Rocky Mountains Region

Although we recommend filtering by degree level first, you can view the list below to see which schools give the educational experience for the conservation degree levels they offer.

10 Top Rocky Mountains Region Schools in Conservation

#1

Colorado College

Colorado Springs, CO
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In CO
32 Conservation Degrees Awarded

Colorado College is a good option for students interested in a degree in natural resources conservation. Located in the city of Colorado Springs, Colorado College is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Schools rank of #130 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Colorado College is a great college overall.

There were roughly 32 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at Colorado College in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
258 Conservation Degrees Awarded

Any student who is interested in natural resources conservation needs to look into University of Colorado Boulder. Located in the midsize city of Boulder, CU - Boulder is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #242 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means CU - Boulder is a great university overall.

There were roughly 258 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at CU - Boulder in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the conservation program report average early career wages of $28,200.

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#3

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In UT
102 Conservation Degrees Awarded

Every student who is interested in natural resources conservation has to take a look at University of Utah. Located in the midsize city of Salt Lake City, U of U is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #483 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means U of U is a great university overall.

There were roughly 102 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at U of U in the most recent data year.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
72 Conservation Degrees Awarded

Any student pursuing a degree in natural resources conservation has to take a look at Colorado State University - Fort Collins. Located in the midsize city of Fort Collins, Colorado State is a public university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #359 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Colorado State is a great university overall.

There were approximately 72 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at Colorado State in the most recent data year. Students who graduate with their degree from the conservation program report average early career income of $24,500.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In MT
45 Conservation Degrees Awarded

Located in the remote town of Bozeman, MSU Bozeman is a public university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #1012 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means MSU Bozeman is a great university overall.

There were about 45 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at MSU Bozeman in the most recent year we have data available.

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#6

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In WY
83 Conservation Degrees Awarded

Located in the remote town of Laramie, UW is a public university with a large student population. A Best Schools rank of #751 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UW is a great university overall.

There were about 83 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at UW in the most recent data year.

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#7

University of Denver

Denver, CO
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
8th Most Popular In CO

DU is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Denver. A Best Schools rank of #488 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means DU is a great university overall.

There were roughly 26 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at DU in the most recent year we have data available.

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#8

The College of Idaho

Caldwell, ID
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In ID

The College of Idaho is a small private not-for-profit college located in the midsize suburb of Caldwell. A Best Schools rank of #1047 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means The College of Idaho is a great college overall.

There were approximately 7 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at The College of Idaho in the most recent data year.

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Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
9th Most Popular In CO

CU Anschutz is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Denver. A Best Schools rank of #715 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means CU Anschutz is a great university overall.

There were about 20 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at CU Anschutz in the most recent data year.

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#10

Utah State University

Logan, UT
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In UT

USU is a fairly large public university located in the small city of Logan. This university ranks 8th out of 19 schools for overall quality in the state of Utah.

There were approximately 19 natural resources conservation students who graduated with this degree at USU in the most recent data year.

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Best Natural Resources Conservation Colleges by State

Explore the best natural resources conservation schools for a specific state in the Rocky Mountains Region .

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Colorado 263 630
Utah 250 107
Idaho 209 117
Montana 180 104
Wyoming 160 66

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Natural Resources Conservation is one of 5 different types of Natural Resources & Conservation programs to choose from.

Conservation Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Environmental Studies 662
Environmental Science 322
Natural Resources/Conservation, General 151
Natural Resources Conservation & Research, Other 7

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resource Management 343
Wildlife Management 219
Forestry 101
Fisheries Sciences 19
Natural Resources Conservation (Other) 8

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Lynn Betts.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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