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Wildlife Resources (B.S.) Degree Program
Wildlife Resources (B.S.) Degree ProgramIn the wildlife resources program, you will be well prepared for careers in state and federal agencies, consulting firms, and natural resources nonprofit organizations. The College of Natural Resources offers a highly respected curriculum that develops strong stewards of the land skilled in working at the interface between people and natural resources. CNR undergraduates who successfully complete our wildlife program will meet professional certification requirements as associate wildlife biologists through The Wildlife Society.
As a wildlife professional, you may:
- Watch peregrine falcons on the rooftops of New York City or on the Missouri River Breaks in Montana
- Follow calf elk equipped with radio transmitters
- Capture and tag song birds in mist nets
- Collect and identify plants in a wilderness area
- Use genetic analysis to estimate the number of bears in a national park
- Observe and research newly introduced wildlife such as wolves
- Use the latest remote sensing, GIS, or other computer technology to help conserve an endangered species
Although wildlife professionals work with both game and nongame animals, they also spend a lot of time working with people and habitats. The wildlife program provides a firm foundation in the basic biological and social sciences as well as more applied courses such as wildlife ecology and management, population dynamics and conservation biology. You will also learn about other natural resource fields and how they interact with wildlife resources. Communication — spoken, written and electronic — is an integral part of our training. To ensure that you gain practical experience, one season of approved work experience or internship before graduation is required. The Bleak Taylor Wilderness Research Station Internship is one way you may choose to fulfill this requirement. This 10-week summer program at Taylor Wilderness Research Station in the heart of the Frank Church wilderness is designed to give you a hands-on experience in a breadth of field techniques for natural resource research and management.
Moscow, Idaho, is the ideal base camp for anyone who loves nature and adventure. We are just minutes away from world-class fishing, hiking, camping, hunting, white-water rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, skiing and snowboarding. This is such a beautiful place; it’s both relaxing and fun. Spend your college years and career exploring the outdoors, the mountains, fields, rivers and lakes. There’s no better place to prepare for a career studying and preserving the great outdoors than the University of Idaho’s College of Natural Resources.
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“As a research scientist for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, I have been involved in numerous exciting scientific investigations over the last 23 years. My work has also allowed me to travel to spots on the globe stretching from central China to Lapland. None of this would have been possible without the superb training in science and natural resource management that I received at the University of Idaho.”
- Jack Connelly
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