Study the relationship between humans and the environment we live in. Discover the best ways to conserve our natural resources with a degree in conservation science from the university of idaho

B.S. Natural Resource Conservation

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Protect Natural Resources

Examine the human dimensions of natural resource management and conservation and apply this knowledge while working with diverse stakeholders across disciplines and private and public sectors. Explore social-ecological systems and shape the relationship with the landscape that sustains us all. This nationally recognized program offers two options, Conservation Planning and Management and Conservation Science.

Fast Facts

  • Two flexible degree tracks: Conservation Planning and Management and Conservation Science
  • Field study and internship opportunities
  • Courses taught by eight dedicated, experienced faculty members
  • Well-rounded graduates understand interactions between ecosystems and social systems.
  • Conservation officer
  • Environmental/land use planner
  • Information or education specialist
  • Park ranger
  • Public affairs specialist
  • Land use consultant
  • Restoration ecologist


Potential salaries are based
upon mid-career national averages.
Degree Roadmap


credits required to graduate

Sample plan:
Conservation Science

Sample plan:
Conservation Planning Management

The Conservation Science option of this degree requires a relevant work experience, 33 credits for you to explore (15 at the 400-level) involving all majors offered at the College of Natural Resources.

The Conservation Planning and Management option requires one two week field studies course, 12 credits for you to explore the social sciences, political science, communication and business.

Earn a minor in Conservation Social Sciences, Environmental Communication, or Parks, Protected Areas and Wilderness Management.

Degree Prep

The most prepared Natural Resource Conservation students have completed high-school courses such as:

  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Biology
  • Pre-Calc
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
Lab Fees


Average cost per semester
Through the course of the degree, students participate
in required labs and field trips. Actual cost per semester will vary by classes.

Thanks to the generous support of numerous individual and organizational donors and benefactors, students in the College of Natural Resources have access to 89 private, state, and continuing education funds.

You can find general need- and merit-based scholarships on the Financial Aid Office's scholarships page.

Financial Aid

To find out about deadlines, scholarships and eligibility requirements, please visit the University of Idaho Financial Aid Office.

Get Involved
Get Involved
Hands-On Learning

Natural Resource Conservations students can engage in many opportunities involving social science research at national parks, engagement with conservation agencies and field courses.

  • CNR Living, Learning Community (College of Natural Resources residence hall)
  • The Wildlife Society
  • American Fisheries Society
  • The Society of American Foresters
  • Society for Range Management
  • Ecology & Conservation Biology Club
  • University of Idaho Sustainability Center
  • Environmental Science Club