QCNR Undergraduate Experience

The Quinney College of Natural Resources (QCNR) offers classes, field experiences and research opportunities to help undergraduate students explore the natural world. We work to help students understand ecosystems in Utah and beyond, to prepare for careers managing a wide variety of natural systems. We offer ten majors for undergrads across three departments, along with multiple minors and certificates.

Department of Environment and Society
Department of Environment & Society

Department of Watershed Sciences

Department of Wildland Resources
Department of Wildland Resources

Meet Our Students


Clubs & Community
QCNR has more than 15 active clubs, including the Wildlife Society, the Fire Club, the American Fisheries Society and TERRA (GIS club). The QCNR Student Council also hosts popular annual social events like the Logger’s Ball, QCNR Camp, and Natural Resources Week.

More than half of our undergraduate students receive financial support directly from the college or from USU. QCNR donors generously support more than 60 individual scholarships each year. Incoming freshmen and transfer students can apply for the remarkable Quinney Scholarship, which grants each awardee $8,000 per year and is stackable with other awards. Find application requirements and deadlines at the link.

Undergraduate Research

Our students work closely with faculty and staff with hands-on field experiences. There are student opportunities at several research labs on and near the Logan campus, including the Millville Predator Research Station, the Remote Sensing and GIS laboratories, and more. Many faculty employ undergraduate students in their research efforts, offering a mentored chance to gain field and laboratory experience. We are also proud to offer funding for mentored undergraduate research projects. Click below for more information about available opportunities and examples of past projects.

Paid Summer Internships
QCNR partners with state agencies, nonprofit groups, environmental organizations, and national parks to offer paid summer internships, available exclusively to our students. Peer advisors can help you to create a strong resume for application, navigate job sites, and explore available internship opportunities.

Logger's Ball


Connect with the College

College Tours

Regular QCNR college tours will resume in August 2024. Check back then to sign up. Meanwhile join a USU campus tour.

Student Ambassadors

Our student ambassadors can tell you about why they chose the college, talk about their experiences, or answer anything else you may want to know! 

QCNR Undergraduate Advising

The undergraduate advising team is ready to help students navigate the college experience, answer questions, and achieve academic and career goals. Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor as soon as they choose a major.


Careers in Natural Resources: Meet our Alumni