A degree in Ecology and Conservation Biology will empower graduates to make an impact in the areas of natural resources management to law and politics, to economics and business.

B.S. Ecology & Conservation Biology

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Conserve Biodiversity

Learn to manage, preserve and restore the natural environments on Earth in a program that prepares you for a career in natural resources. Study biology and ecology as well as the social sciences and address the environmental, social and political problems that threaten animals, plants and ecosystems.

Fast Facts

  • Two degree tracks: Natural Resources Ecology and Conservation Biology
  • Be involved in rigorous laboratory and field studies
  • Lead your own research through the senior thesis capstone
  • Students work closely with faculty as well as mentors outside the university
  • Multi-disciplinary coursework
  • Conservation biologist/ecologist
  • Conservation/restoration program manager
  • Botanist
  • Environmental specialist
  • Educator
  • Invasive species management specialist
  • Environmental lawyer (ECB provides a solid science background for J.D. candidates)



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


credits including a senior thesis
required to graduate

Sample plan:
Conservation Biology

Sample plan:
Natural Resources Ecology

Degree Prep

The most prepared Ecology and Conservation Biology students have completed high-school courses such as:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Statistics
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

Students gain specific knowledge in a faculty-mentored senior thesis capstone, as well as opportunities to participate in faculty research or internships.

  • Ecology & Conservation Biology Club
  • CNR Living, Learning Community (College of Natural Resources residence hall)
  • Society for Range Management
  • University of Idaho Sustainability Center
  • Society of American Foresters
  • American Fisheries Society
  • Environmental Science Club
  • The Wildlife Society
Internships Internships at the Taylor Wilderness Research Station are available to qualified students. Other internships and scholarships are all available to Ecology & Conservation Biology students through the Department of Fish & Wildlife Sciences.