College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Pre-Professional Pathways

Medicine and Health

CNR students get lab research experience.

Going to med school? You need to be unique to stand out. Here's how to do it:

  • Choose a major with a specific biological focus that matches your interests and career goals.
  • Learn biological principles at the micro, molecular, cellular, organismal, and ecological levels - not just human biology.
  • Explore biomedical research, genetics, and biotechnology.
  • Get hands-on experience by designing your own independent research project.
  • Work one-on-one with the faculty who will write your recommendation letters.
  • Earn a Bachelor of Science degree rather than a Bachelor of Arts.

So you should major in:

CNR's six biology majors offer you all of the pre-requisites you need to get into and succeed in med school or public health.

Law and Business

Students enjoy a stimulating learning environment at CNR.

When you apply to law or business school, your resume must include the following skills:

  • Analyze problems using multiple approaches
  • Read and write clearly, critically and analytically
  • Work well in small groups
  • Strong public speaking

And if you care about helping the environment by going into business or law, you will need:

  • Knowledge of environmental issues
  • Background in environmental law, public planning, and sustainable business practices

So you should major in:

All three of these majors will prepare you to begin your career in business or law.

Professional Dietetics

CNR students get lab research experience.

You don't need graduate school to become a dietician - you can get the courses and training as an undergrad at CNR.

  • Get a background in biology and chemistry.
  • Learn about how culture and economics affect human diet and chronic disease.
  • Research programs and policies that address health and safety - on your own or with faculty one-on-one.
  • Focus on the application of nutritional knowledge to dietetic practice.
  • Intern in the community during your senior year.
  • Earn a Bachelor of Science degree.
  • Take (and pass!) the national examination to become a Registered Dietician (RD).

Sound like a plan?

So you should major in:

CNR's Nutritional Science - Didactic Training Program in Dietetics.

Professional Forestry

At CNR you can save the world and see it at the same time!

Prepare to become a professional forester:

  • Learn ecosystem management.
  • Study biology, ecosystem restoration, GIS, fire science, and environmental justice.
  • Go to Forestry Field Camp for the best summer of your life.
  • Conduct your own research with CNR faculty.
  • Earn a Bachelor of Science degree.
  • Take (and pass!) the California professional forester's licensing exam.

So you should major in:

Forestry and Natural Resources