Fire Ecology and Management
- Become an Idaho Firewise Intern. Work with a University of Idaho professor to increase public awareness about wildland fire management, fire science and home and community fire protection by using social media.
- Study abroad and learn about how fire management is approached in other countries like Australia.
- Learn new skills and network with professionals. Obtain training, certifications and academic credit through the Student Association of Fire Ecology (SAFE).
- Travel to Nebraska with SAFE during Spring Break to do prescribed burns on Nature Conservancy land. Also, work alongside and network with students and professionals from other states and universities.
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Your Fire Ecology and Management degree has a number of course electives that will expand your knowledge and may help you meet your goals.
Your degree may also be enhanced with a minor in one of our other programs. Many of our classes cross over and help you build minor credits.
For detailed information, please visit the catalog description for this degree and its options.
BIOL 115 Cells and the Evolution of Life (4 cr)
CSS 383 Natural Resource and Ecosystem Service Economics (3 cr)
ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics (3 cr)
FOR 235 Society and Natural Resources (3 cr)
FOR 274 Forest Measurement and Inventory (3 cr)
FOR 326 Fire Ecology and Management (3 cr)
FOR 330 Forest Soil and Canopy Processes (4 cr)
FOR 375 Introduction to Spatial Analysis for Natural Resource Management (3 cr)
FOR 427 Prescribed Burning Lab (3 cr)
FOR 433 Fire and Fuel Modeling (2 cr)
FOR 450 Fire Behavior (2 cr)
FOR 484 Forest Policy and Administration (2 cr)
GEOG 301 Meteorology (3 cr)
NR 101 Exploring Natural Resources (1 cr)
PHYS 100 Fundamentals of Physics (3 cr)
REM 244 Wildland Fire Management (2 cr)
REM 459 Rangeland Ecology (2 cr)
SOIL 205 The Soil Ecosystem (3 cr)
SOIL 206 The Soil Ecosystem Lab (1 cr)
STAT 251 Statistical Methods (3 cr)
BIOL 116 Organisms and Environments (4 cr)
PlSc 205 General Botany (4 cr)
CHEM 101 Introduction to Chemistry I (4 cr)
CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry I (4 cr)
ENGL 313 Business Writing (3 cr)
ENGL 317 Technical Writing (3 cr)
FOR 221 Ecology (3 cr)
REM 221 Ecology (3 cr)
MATH 143 Pre-calculus Algebra and Analytic Geometry (3 cr)
MATH 144 Analytic Trigonometry (1 cr)
MATH 160 Survey of Calculus (4 cr)
COMM 332 Communication and the Small Group (3 cr)
CSS 287 Foundations of Conservation Leadership and Management (3 cr)
CSS 387 Environmental Communication Skills (3 cr)
CSS 481 Conservation Leadership (3 cr)
CSS 486 Public Involvement in Natural Resource Management (3 cr)
FOR 320 Dendrology (4 cr)
REM 252 Wildland Plant Identification Field Studies (3 cr)
REM 341 Systematic Botany (3 cr)
ENT 469 Introduction to Forest Insects (2 cr)
GEOG 450 Global Environmental Change (3 cr)
REM 429 Landscape Ecology (3 cr)
REM 440 Wildland Restoration Ecology (3 cr)
WLF 314 Wildlife Ecology I (3 cr)
WLF 440 Conservation Biology (3 cr)
GEOG 385 GIS Primer (3 cr)
GEOG 401 Climatology (3 cr)
REM 411 Ecological Monitoring and Analysis (2 cr)
CSS 385 Conservation Management and Planning I (4 cr)
CSS 490 Wilderness and Protected Area Management (3 cr)
FOR 324 Forest Regeneration (3 cr)
FOR 424 Forest Dynamics and Management (4 cr)
FOR 430 Forest Operations (3 cr)
FOR J454/J554 Air Quality and Smoke Management (3 cr)
FOR 462 Watershed Science and Management (3 cr)
REM 456 Integrated Rangeland Management (3 cr)
Here are just a few of the jobs you can get with this degree.
Wildland fuels specialist
Use your scientific background and firefighting experience to identify potential problems and communicate those findings to managers and other decision makers. With training in all aspects of wildland firefighting, this is often the next step for a firefighter.
Fire and landscape ecologist
Combine natural and social science with your research skills to improve relationships between landscapes and things that impact them. These can include natural factors such as climate change and ecology to human influences such as agriculture or urban development.
Wildland fire extension specialist
Education is a cornerstone of this communication-based career. By working with stakeholders, scientists and agency professionals, you will help each to understand the impacts of fire on the land, and the ways to mitigate the fire potential.
Natural resource policy specialist
Know the policies that impact natural resource decision making. Be a part of the conversation as plans are made to protect and best manage our resources. Often specializing in one policy area, your expertise will help make a difference.
Work with water and water issues in the forest. Your expertise in forest management and biology support this science-based position. You will work in the field measuring water—how much and how safe it is.
Community outreach specialist
Combine your natural resource background with your passion for people in this career that will enable you to teach, present and guide the public to a better understanding of our natural resources and the policies that govern them.
Forestry or range technician
Work in the field, alongside foresters, to protect forests and rangelands. As a technician you may work in the remote wilderness or in a park system, often planting or thinning trees, maintaining campsites, marking trees or enforcing regulations.