• Overview
  • The people side of conservation.

    Are you interested in understanding and influencing how people affect and interact with the environment and our natural resources?

    In this program, you will explore the human dimensions of natural resource management and conservation, and address the question of how human communities and institutions manage their relationship with ecological resources. You will learn to apply this knowledge to protect and maintain earth’s wild places, manage natural resources, and improve the human experience with the natural environment.

    Students in this nationally recognized program can choose from two options:

    • Conservation Planning and Management: This option focuses on the theory, processes, and techniques for the management and planning of conservation systems.
    • Conservation Science: This is a general program that focuses on the basic principles of the natural environment and its conservation, use and improvement.

    Practical experience is vital to enhancing your education and preparing you for your professional career. You'll participate in field courses that include traveling in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, and a backpacking trip in the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park.

  • Degree Fit
  • This program could be a good fit if you:
    • Care about the environment
    • Want a career working outdoors
    • Want to interact with people
    • Have strong communication skills
  • Career Outcomes
  • With this degree, you could become a/an:
    • Conservation planner
    • Environmental/land use planner
    • Wilderness/backcountry manager
    • Park ranger
    • Community development specialist
    • Information or education specialist
    • Interpretive naturalist
  • Areas of Concentration
  • Whether it’s custom classes, an emphasis, or an option, this degree offers you an even more enhanced and customizable experience in the following areas: