Wildlife and Conservation Biology Major B.S.

Natural Resources: Wildlife and Conservation Biology
Wildlife and Conservation Biology Major B.S.

Our students combine science with their passion for nature and the outdoors.

Program Overview

What is wildlife and conservation biology?

The Wildlife and Conservation Biology program provides students with the multi-disciplinary background necessary to manage and conserve wildlife and their habitats against the backdrop of human population growth, development and climate change. Students in this degree program develop a broad foundation in the natural sciences and learn to manage a wide range of species.

Why study wildlife and conservation biology at UNH?

Located in the wildlife-rich state of New Hampshire, just minutes from the Atlantic Coast and an hour from the White Mountains, UNH is the perfect place for studying wildlife and conservation biology. Our program emphasizes hands-on experience through intensive lab and fieldwork, and students are encouraged to participate in faculty research projects involving a variety of wildlife species in areas including big game management, conservation biology, conservation genetics, endangered species management, landscape ecology and population ecology.

Potential careers

  • Conservation
  • Environmental education
  • Game management
  • Public outreach
  • Resource management
  • Wildlife management

Contact

Natural Resources and the Environment
114 James Hall
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-1022

Curriculum & Requirements

The Wildlife & Conservation Biology major provides students with the knowledge and tools to study, conserve, and manage wildlife and their habitats. 

Our students combine science with their passion for nature and the outdoors.  Our courses emphasize hands-on experience and place fundamental principles within an applied context. Students are encouraged to conduct research alongside faculty, and faculty actively assist students in obtaining internships.

Our students become research biologists and resource managers at state/federal agencies and non-profit organizations, conservation law officers, and environmental educators. Many go on to obtain an advanced degree.

Plan of Study Grid
First YearCredits
BIOL 411 Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular 4
BIOL 412 Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
EREC 411 Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives 4
MATH 424B
or MATH 420
Calculus for Life Sciences
or Finite Mathematics
4
NR 425 Field Dendrology 4
NR 433 Wildlife Ecology 4
Discovery electives  
 Credits28
Second Year
CHEM 411 Introductory Chemistry for Life Sciences 4
BMCB 501 Biological Chemistry 5
Select one of the following: 4
ENGL 501
Introduction to Creative Nonfiction  
ENGL 502
Professional and Technical Writing  
ENGL 503
Persuasive Writing  
CMN 500
Public Speaking  
NR 527
or BIOL 541
Forest Ecology
or General Ecology
4
NR 415 Natural Resources Field Methods 2
NR 417 Sophomore Seminar: Wildlife and Conservation Biology 2
NR 658 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 4
Select one of the following: 4
NR 655
Vertebrate Biology  
NR 712
Mammalogy  
MEFB 510
Field Ornithology  
ZOOL 542
Ornithology  
ZOOL 710
Ichthyology  
Discovery electives  
 Credits29
Third Year
BIOL 528 Applied Biostatistics I 4
NR 602 Natural Resources and Environmental Policy 4
NR 650 Principles of Conservation Biology 4
NR 615
or NR 603
Wildlife Habitats
or Landscape Ecology
4
NR 640 Wildlife Population Ecology 4
NR 664
or ZOOL 690
Conservation Genetics
or Evolution
4
Select one of the following: 4-5
NR 625
Physiological Ecology  
ZOOL 625
Principles of Animal Physiology  
ZOOL 613
Animal Behavior  
Discovery electives  
 Credits28-29
Fourth Year
NR 750 Sustaining Biological Diversity (Capstone) 4
NR 740 Inventory and Montoring of Ecological Communities 4
Select one of the following: 4
NR 642
Introduction to Biogeography  
NR 765
Community Ecology  
NR 603
Landscape Ecology  
Discovery electives  
 Credits12
 Total Credits97-98

In addition to the Wildlife and Conservation Biology degree requirements (below), students must complete the University Discovery Program and the University Writing Requirements. Given the flexibility of this major, many students complete a minor or dual major in a second area of interest, or apply for certification by The Wildlife Society.

Requirements
BIOL 411Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular4
BIOL 412Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology4
EREC 411Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives4
MATH 424BCalculus for Life Sciences4
or MATH 420 Finite Mathematics
NR 425Field Dendrology4
NR 433Wildlife Ecology4
CHEM 411Introductory Chemistry for Life Sciences4
BMCB 501Biological Chemistry5
Select one of the following Communication Skills courses:4
ENGL 501
Introduction to Creative Nonfiction
ENGL 502
Professional and Technical Writing
ENGL 503
Persuasive Writing
CMN 500
Public Speaking
NR 527Forest Ecology4
or BIOL 541 General Ecology
NR 415Natural Resources Field Methods2
NR 417Sophomore Seminar: Wildlife and Conservation Biology2
NR 658Introduction to Geographic Information Systems4
Select one of the following Vertebrate Ecology, Evolution, and Diversity courses:4
NR 655
Vertebrate Biology
NR 712
Mammalogy
MEFB 510
Field Ornithology
ZOOL 542
Ornithology
ZOOL 710
Ichthyology
BIOL 528Applied Biostatistics I4
NR 602Natural Resources and Environmental Policy4
NR 650Principles of Conservation Biology4
NR 615Wildlife Habitats4
or NR 603 Landscape Ecology
NR 640Wildlife Population Ecology4
NR 664Conservation Genetics4
or ZOOL 690 Evolution
Select one of the following Physiology/Behavior courses:3-5
NR 625
Physiological Ecology
ZOOL 625
Principles of Animal Physiology
ZOOL 613
Animal Behavior
NR 740Inventory and Montoring of Ecological Communities4
NR 750Sustaining Biological Diversity (Capstone)4
Select one of the following additional Ecology courses:4
NR 642
Introduction to Biogeography
NR 765
Community Ecology
NR 603
Landscape Ecology
Total Credits92-94

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