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

The wildlife and conservation biology program is for students interested in conservation, ecology, and management of wildlife (animals and plants) and their habitats. Coursework provides a solid foundation in biological sciences, chemistry, math, and the natural history and identification of species native to New England. Students are also introduced to the role of public policy in managing natural resources. While enrolled in the program, students are encouraged to participate in ongoing field and laboratory research being conducted by faculty and graduate students, in addition to obtaining relevant work experience during summers. Upon completion of the degree, students are prepared for employment by state and federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations working as biologists, conservation law officers, and educators. The four-year program also provides a solid foundation for graduate school.

Contact

Rebecca J. Rowe

Program Coordinator for Wildlife & Conservation Biology
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Phone: (603) 862-2810
Office: Natural Resources & the Environment, James Hall Rm 136, Durham, NH 03824

Wendy F. Rose

Business Manager II
Phone: (603) 862-3933
Office: Natural Resources & the Environment, James Hall Rm 114, Durham, NH 03824
Natural Resources and the Environment
114 James Hall
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-1022

Curriculum & Requirements

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
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: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: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: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:4
NR 642
Introduction to Biogeography
NR 765
Community Ecology
NR 603
Landscape Ecology
Total Credits92-94

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