Interdisciplinary programs offer an opportunity for faculty and students to explore and research natural resource issues from diverse perspectives. From human-wildlife interactions, to the inherently diverse field of watershed science, interdisciplinary approaches can provide creative solutions to real world problems. Interdisciplinary approaches are featured in both our undergraduate degree and graduate degree programs, and college research projects.

While we cross boundaries every day in our college, several centers and institutes specialize in this work:


Berryman Institute for Wildlife Damage Management

The Berryman Institute is a national organization based in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University and the Department of Wildlife & Fisheries at Mississippi State University.


Bioregional Planning Program

This program explores how to combine human needs and natural resources to plan for the sustainability of both.  A primary purpose is to provide students with practical learning experiences in landscape planning that local and regional governments can use to achieve economic growth while maintaining quality of life and natural resources.


The Bug Lab (National Aquatic Monitoring Center)

The National Aquatic Monitoring Center is a cooperative venture between Utah State University and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Our purpose is to encourage and foster scientifically sound watershed monitoring programs on public lands.


Digital Commons@USU

DigitalCommons@USU provides open access to scholarly works, research, reports, publications, and courses produced by Utah State University faculty, staff, students, and others. Coordinated by the Merrill-Cazier Library, USU's digital repository joins other universities worldwide in the ongoing development of new knowledge.

Ecology Center

The Utah State University (USU) Ecology Center is an administrative structure in the University that supports and coordinates ecological research and graduate education in the science of ecology, and provides professional information and advice for decision makers considering actions that affect the environment.


Gombe School of Environment and Society

Founded by doctoral candidate Yared Fubusa, and inspired by the pioneering work of Jane Goodall, GOSESO is a community-based educational institution founded to provide people with the knowledge and ability to achieve economic sustainability, build their communities, and conserve local forests.


Institute for Outdoor Recreation and Tourism

The Institute conducts research, public service, and teaching in how outdoor recreation and tourism can build local economies while sustaining natural resources and quality of life.  IORT is committed to serve the people of Utah, the United States, and the world.


Intermountain Center for River Rehabilitation and Restoration

Our mission is to advance the science and practice of river restoration and environmental management and to transfer that knowledge to the public and private sectors.


Los Amigos Biological Station

The Los Amigos Biological Station is a seven-year-old NSF-funded facility in lowland Amazonian forest at the base of the Andes, contiguous to the largest block of tropical wilderness on Earth.


Millville Predator Research Facility

Research efforts are directed towards reducing livestock depredations and damage caused by coyotes, bears, and wolves, resolving conflicts in urban areas, and mitigating impacts of predators on wildlife populations.


National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) certificate program

The Department of Environment and Society (ENVS) at Utah State University (USU) and the Shipley Group, Inc. (Shipley) have formed a partnership to provide a certificate program that offers training related to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).


Osa Biodiversity Center for Tropical Ecology

OBC, which opened its doors to scientists and student groups in January of 2007, is a nonprofit research, teaching, and training facility in Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula.


Remote Sensing and GIS Laboratory

The RS/GIS Laboratory provides an environment where faculty, staff and students work together to advance knowledge in the application of geospatial technologies in ecosystem science and natural resource management.

USU Water Initiative

Academic departments in six colleges contribute to water research, education, and extension at Utah State. Each department grants its own degrees and has its own acceptance and graduation requirements. The Utah State Water Initiative works to facilitate collaborative research and to foster a collegial interdisciplinary community of water scholars.


Utah Botanical Center

The Utah Botanical Center is home to research and demonstration projects focused on sustainable living in the Intermountain West. Building on a foundation of more than 115 years of Utah State University research, investigations at the UBC evolve to solve emerging problems in our growing state and throughout the region.


Utah Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

The mission of the Utah Unit, as stated in our Cooperative Agreement, is to conduct research on natural resource issues, educate students destined to work in the field of natural resources, and provide technical assistance to our cooperators and clientele. Our expertise includes landscape and spatial ecology, population and system analysis for both aquatic and terrestrial systems, aquatic food webs of large water systems, and wildlife habitat and vegetation modelling. Technical expertise in the fields of statistics, GIS and spatial analysis is strong.


Utah House

Utah House is Utah State University Extension's sustainable building demonstration and education center. The mission of Utah House is to demonstrate, educate, and empower the public about new ways of building homes and creating landscapes that promote energy efficiency, water conservation, universal design principles, healthy indoor environments, and the sustainable use of all resources.


Western Aspen Alliance

A joint venture between Utah State University’s College of Natural Resources and the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, whose purpose is to facilitate and coordinate research issues related to quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) communities of the west.


The primary mission of the Western Center for Monitoring and Assessment of Freshwater Ecosystems is to facilitate the development and implementation of scientifically sound methods for monitoring and assessing the condition of aquatic resources in the western United States.


Wild About Utah

A weekly nature series producted by Utah Public Radio in cooperation with Stokes Nature Center and Bridgerland Audubon Society