with a phd in natural resources from the university of idaho, you

Natural Resources, PhD

Advanced Nature Studies

Study advanced principles for managing and ultimately protecting our land, water, minerals, forests, fish and wildlife to gain doctoral-level knowledge and resource skills in natural resource science. Facilities include a remote wilderness research station and one of the largest DNA and genetics laboratories devoted to studying wild plants and animals. The completion of a dissertation is required. 

Fast Facts

  • Tailored program to fit your needs and interests
  • CNR has the second highest total of research grant award dollars at the university
  • Interact with more than 50 world-renowned faculty members
  • Do research in one of our many hands-on lab environments
  • A professor and researcher at a university
  • Policy and program director for a conservation or wildlife management group
  • Research lead or director with an environmental consulting firm
  • Manager of sustainable development for an engineering group
  • Lobbyist or advisor for government conservation agencies
  • Environmental/ecological consultant
  • Ecologist
Degree Prep

To be eligible for a doctorate degree, students must first possess Bachelor and Master's degrees, and will need to complete the graduate admission application through the College of Graduate Studies.

Degree Roadmap

Your studies as a doctorate student in natural resources will be shaped by close, personal interaction with a renowned faculty mentor in the classroom, during field trips and with extensive lab work. Your completion of a dissertation will result in a degree with one designation: the College of Natural Resources.

A minimum of 78 credits beyond the bachelor's degree is required; of these, at least 52 credits must be numbered 500 and above, and at least 33 of the 78 credits must be in courses other than NR 600 (Doctoral Research and Dissertation).

Financial Aid

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

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Hands-On Learning The College of Natural Resources maintains a vibrant and active research program, boasting the second highest research funding across the university. Our PhD students participate in research through numerous CNR groups, facilities and programs on campus:
  • Center for Forest Nursery and Seedling Research
  • Fish Ecology Research Lab
  • Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit
  • Aquaculture Research Institute
  • Laboratory for Ecological, Evolutionary and Conservation Genetics

Research opportunities are plentiful at the University of Idaho. In fact, we are home to 15 research units and a remote wilderness research station. In addition, we have one of the largest DNA and genetics laboratories in the nation devoted to collecting critical scientific data for wild populations of plants and animals.