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.

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

Rebecca 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 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

  • Coming a Long Way and Going Much Farther
    Angelica Beltrán Franco ’19 is a wildlife and conservation biology major and animal behavior minor who moved to the U.S. with her family in 2013 from Medellin, Colombia. 
    Coming a Long Way and Going Much Farther
    Angelica Beltrán Franco ’19 is a wildlife and conservation biology major and animal behavior minor who moved to the U.S. with her family in 2013 from Medellin, Colombia. 
  • Avid hiker heads to the beach for a transformative summer internship
    Grey Miller ‘20, who chose UNH for its easy access to hiking and camping in the White Mountains, talks about why he jumped at an opportunity to spend the summer collecting data on sea turtles in Vero Beach, Florida.
    Avid hiker heads to the beach for a transformative summer internship
    Grey Miller ‘20, who chose UNH for its easy access to hiking and camping in the White Mountains, talks about why he jumped at an opportunity to spend the summer collecting data on sea turtles in Vero Beach, Florida.
  • A full resume and resilience has made this grad ready for anything
    We caught up with Kimmie Lavoie '17, a wildlife and conservation biology major who recently completed work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  
    A full resume and resilience has made this grad ready for anything
    We caught up with Kimmie Lavoie '17, a wildlife and conservation biology major who recently completed work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  
  • Prepared for anything, including a lifetime of learning
    Alexis Blanchard ’20 just returned from a summer internship in Alaska. The wildlife and conservation biology major from Astoria, New York, took some time to tell us about her experience, her love of animals and why she will never stop learning.
    Prepared for anything, including a lifetime of learning
    Alexis Blanchard ’20 just returned from a summer internship in Alaska. The wildlife and conservation biology major from Astoria, New York, took some time to tell us about her experience, her love of animals and why she will never stop learning.
  • Professor Pete Pekins leads a team of undergraduate and graduate students as they track radio-collared moose and their calves to chart their survival.
    Professor Pete Pekins leads a team of undergraduate and graduate students as they track radio-collared moose and their calves to chart their survival.

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
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
Introduction to Creative Nonfiction  
Professional and Technical Writing  
Persuasive Writing  
Public Speaking  
NR 527
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
Vertebrate Biology  
Mammalogy  
Field Ornithology  
Ornithology  
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
Wildlife Habitats
or Landscape Ecology
4
NR 640 Wildlife Population Ecology 4
NR 664
Conservation Genetics
or Evolution
4
Select one of the following: 4-5
Physiological Ecology  
Principles of Animal Physiology  
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
Introduction to Biogeography  
Community Ecology  
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
Introduction to Creative Nonfiction
Professional and Technical Writing
Persuasive Writing
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
Vertebrate Biology
Mammalogy
Field Ornithology
Ornithology
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
Physiological Ecology
Principles of Animal Physiology
Animal Behavior
NR 740Inventory and Montoring of Ecological Communities4
NR 750Sustaining Biological Diversity (Capstone)4
Select one of the following additional Ecology courses:4
Introduction to Biogeography
Community Ecology
Landscape Ecology
Total Credits92-94

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