Find Schools

Study Area & Zipcode

Natural Resources & Conservation

Find Schools Near

2021 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in California

24 Colleges
3,172 Bachelor's Degrees
$34,586 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Natural Resources & Conservation Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in CaliforniaWith 3,172 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, natural resources and conservation is the #19 most popular major in California. This means that of the 21,077 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 15.0% were from a college or university in the state.

For this year's Best Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in California ranking, we looked at 24 colleges that offer a bachelor's in natural resources and conservation. Not only do the schools that top this list have excellent natural resources and conservation programs, but they also offer a lot of support to non-traditional students.

To come up with these rankings, we looked at factors such as affordability, and overall quality of the natural resources and conservation program at the school. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

More Ways to Rank Natural Resources & Conservation Schools

The natural resources and conservation school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Natural Resources & Conservation Schools for Non-Traditional Students.

In addition to our rankings, you can take two colleges and compare them based on the criteria that matters most to you in our unique tool, College Combat. Go ahead and give it a try, or bookmark the link so you can check it out later.

2021 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Schools for Non-Traditional Students in California

The colleges and universities below are the best for non-traditional students studying natural resources and conservation.

Top 10 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Schools for Non-Traditional Students

University of California - Berkeley tops the 2021 list of our schools in California that are best for non-traditional natural resources and conservation students. UC Berkeley is a fairly large public school located in the midsize city of Berkeley. UC Berkeley also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in California list, coming in at #1.

About 2.0% of UC Berkeley students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 930 students take at least one class online at UC Berkeley. 3,108 of UC Berkeley students are attending part time.

Read More…

Request Information

Humboldt State University landed the #2 spot in our 2021 best natural resources and conservation schools for non-traditional students. Located in the town of Arcata, Humboldt State University is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. Humboldt State University not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in California list.

About 7.4% of Humboldt State University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 1,865 students at Humboldt State University that take at least one class online. 824 of Humboldt State University students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

Full Natural Resources & Conservation at Humboldt State University Report

Request Information

University of California - Davis earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. UC Davis is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of Davis. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UC Davis, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in California ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.6%. There are approximately 1,528 students at UC Davis that take at least one class online. About 1,248 of the students at UC Davis are attending part time.

Read More…

Request Information

University of California - Santa Barbara landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best natural resources and conservation schools for non-traditional students. UCSB is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Santa Barbara. UCSB also made our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in California list, coming in at #3.

The student loan default rate at UCSB is lower than is typical, just 2.3% of students default in three years. There are approximately 365 students at UCSB that take at least one class online. There are roughly 656 part time students in attendance at UCSB. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Read More…

Request Information

San Jose State University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. San Jose State is a fairly large public school located in the city of San Jose. San Jose State not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #8 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in California list.

The student loan default rate at San Jose State is lower than is typical, just 3.5% of students default in three years. Approximately 8,114 students take at least one class online at San Jose State. 8,139 students are part time. San Jose State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

Read More…

Request Information

The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to California State University - Bakersfield. CSUB is a large public school located in the city of Bakersfield.

The student loan default rate at CSUB is lower than is typical, just 6.7% of students default in three years. Approximately 4,003 students take at least one class online at CSUB. 1,902 of CSUB students are attending part time. CSUB does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

Read full report on Natural Resources & Conservation at California State University - Bakersfield

Request Information

California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo landed the #7 spot in our 2021 best natural resources and conservation schools for non-traditional students. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is a very large public school located in the suburb of San Luis Obispo. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in California list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 0.9%. Approximately 1,637 students take at least one class online at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. There are roughly 1,017 part time students in attendance at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

Full Natural Resources & Conservation at California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo Report

Request Information

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Los Angeles. UCLA is a very large public school located in the large city of Los Angeles. UCLA did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in California list.

The student loan default rate at UCLA is lower than is typical, just 1.3% of students default in three years. There are approximately 2,288 students at UCLA that take at least one class online. 1,642 students are part time.

Read full report on Natural Resources & Conservation at University of California - Los Angeles

Request Information

University of California - Santa Cruz earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Santa Cruz, UC Santa Cruz is a public college with a fairly large student population. UC Santa Cruz not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #7 on our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in California list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.7%. Approximately 853 students take at least one class online at UC Santa Cruz. 607 of UC Santa Cruz students are attending part time.

Full Natural Resources & Conservation at University of California - Santa Cruz Report

Request Information

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Southern California. Located in the city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. USC also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Natural Resources & Conservation in California rankings.

The student loan default rate at USC is lower than is typical, just 1.6% of students default in three years. 6,707 of USC students are exclusively distance learners. 6,358 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

Full Natural Resources & Conservation at University of Southern California Report

Request Information

Best for Non-Traditional Students Natural Resources & Conservation Colleges in the Far Western US Region

Explore all the Best Natural Resources & Conservation Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Far Western US Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Washington 714
Hawaii 79
Oregon 623
Alaska 45
Nevada 96

Natural Resources & Conservation Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation 3,375
Wildlife Management 178
Forestry 129
Natural Resource Management 125
Fisheries Sciences 19

View All Natural Resources & Conservation Related Majors >

Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 24,245
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 20,463
Computer & Information Sciences 16,293
Mathematics & Statistics 9,932
Physical Sciences 8,507

View All Natural Resources & Conservation Related Majors >

Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 24 schools only.

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Lynn Betts.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

Featured Environment / Natural Resources Schools

Find Schools Near You