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College of Natural Resources

The University of Idaho Environmental Science Program is widely known for producing skilled and accomplished scientists. It integrates many areas of science — from biology and engineering to sociology and political science — to equip students with the knowledge to resolve complex environmental issues for a better tomorrow.

Gain a big-picture perspective and the cross-functional training you need to develop real solutions to environmental problems while taking advantage of hands-on research opportunities, including the Research Experiences for Undergraduate Program (REU), sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Students in Idaho Falls can complete this degree through live classes and web courses. Many graduates make significant contributions in environmental protection and sustainability and in other biological, physical and social science-based endeavors.

The Bachelor of Science in physical science is intended for professions in air, soil and water pollution abatement, hazardous waste management, waste minimization and ecological restoration. Courses include hydrology, chemistry, hazardous waste, geology, soil science, and more.

Our master’s program emphasis areas are:

  • Physical science
  • Natural resource management
  • Ecology
  • Earth science/hydrology
  • Waste management
  • Policy and law
  • Environmental health/toxicology law (concurrent Juris Doctorate/Master of Science degree)
  • Water science (through the online distance learning program)

Those pursuing a doctorate (Ph.D.) may specialize in:

  • Physical science
  • Natural resource management
  • Ecology
  • Earth science/hydrology
  • Waste management
  • Policy and law

Faculty includes members from all nine colleges at the university, including those with specialties in soil science, engineering, biology, ecology, geography, political science, sociology, economics and chemistry.

The University of Idaho, Idaho Falls offers an exceptional program to earn a Master of Natural Resources (M.N.R.), with a breadth of curriculum to give you an understanding of ecological principles and the ability to analyze and interpret ecological conditions.

The M.N.R. program allows you to build a customized study plan in collaboration with your major professor, with courses available as free electives in addition to the program’s breadth coursework.

Other options for the M.N.R. program include the following certificate programs:

  • Restoration Ecology Certificate
  • Fire Ecology and Management Certificate
  • Environmental Education Graduate Certificate

There are four areas of emphasis in the M.N.R. curriculum:

  • Planning and law
  • Ecology and management of natural resources
  • Human dimensions
  • Tools and technology

The M.N.R. program gives you an understanding of a range of topics related to natural resources, in contrast to the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctorate (Ph.D.) programs that emphasize in-depth research. Before graduation, you will be required to prepare a final oral presentation focused on a current environmental management topic that interests you.


Physical Address:

1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, ID 83402

Phone: 208-757-5450

Fax: 208-757-5494


Center for Advanced Energy Studies

Physical Address:

995 MK Simpson Boulevard
Idaho Falls, ID 83401