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Ecology and Conservation Biology program 
phone: (208) 885-6434
College of Natural Resources
University of Idaho
P.O. Box 441136
Moscow, ID 83844-1136
students working in the field

Getting Your Feet Wet

In our program you’ll have the unique opportunity to contribute to any number of important ecology projects. Getting in the field is a must for our students. For example, you may work with faculty members to study wild animal populations through:

  • vegetation sampling and monitoring
  • animal capture and marking
  • behavioral observations
  • gathering GIS data points and other geographic information of noxious weeds.

Our program is academically rigorous and includes laboratory and field work requirements that will give you a competitive advantage in your professional career or graduate studies track. Although challenging at its core, we’re proud of our curriculum and believe the success of our graduates is linked to our high standards and relentless pursuit of innovative, ecologically-sound solutions.

We offer a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Conservation Biology as well as the option to tailor your studies towards natural resource ecology or conservation biology.

  • Natural Resource Ecology: This option provides students with the knowledge and tools to manage ecosystems. You may work as an ecologist, researcher or manager addressing issues of sustainable development, ecological integrity, the impacts and management of introduced species, and ecological restoration or reintroduction.
  • Conservation Biology: This academic option prepares students to conserve biological diversity and protect rare, threatened or endangered animals and plants. Graduates often work as conservation biologists, conservation planners, ecologists or researchers.