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B.S. Fire Ecology & Management

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The Science of Fire

This program, the first bachelor’s degree program of its kind in the nation, will prepare you to become an ecological professional in one of the fastest growing areas in natural resources. Examine why and how wildfires burn in forests, woodlands, shrublands and grasslands and its effects on animals, people and vegetation.

Fast Facts

  • The Idaho Fire Institute of Research and Education (IFIRE) hosts the only university-housed wildfire combustion laboratory in the United States.
  • The nation's first Bachelor of Science in Fire Ecology & Management
  • Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) certified program
  • Extensive collaborations and partnerships with local, state and federal agencies
  • Highly respected and innovative faculty
  • Fire Manager
  • Fuels Specialist
  • Ecologist
  • Land Restoration Specialist
  • Federal or State Park Management
  • Forest Service Manager
  • Fish & Wildlife Service Manager
  • Remote Sensing or GIS Technician


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


credits required to graduate

Sample plan: Fire Ecology & Management

Service-learning projects offer unique opportunities and academic credit

Earn a minor in Fire Ecology and Management.

Degree Prep

The most successful Fire Ecology and Management students have completed high-school courses such as

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Social Science
  • Pre-Calculus
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
  • Specialized iFire lab provides opportunities to experiment with fire in a safe, controlled environment.
  • Apply fire concepts learned in the classroom with lab trips to our experimental forest throughout the year.
  • State-of-the-art Reveley Geospatial Laboratory for Environmental Dynamics provides the tools to use remote sensing to study burns and manage future fires.
  • Benefit at all levels from collaborative projects that offer training, certifications, academic credit, burning experience and networking opportunities.
  • Student Association for Fire Ecology (SAFE)
  • Logger Sports Club
  • Society of American Foresters
  • CNR Living, Learning Community (College of Natural Resources residence hall)
Internships Internships are available to students at Taylor Wilderness Research Station, the Rangeland Center, and through our industry partners.