Wildlife and Conservation Biology Major (B.S.)

https://colsa.unh.edu/natural-resources-environment/program/bs/wildlife-conservation-biology-major

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 wildlife 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.

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, students may also 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 Chemistry4
NR 527Forest Ecology4
or BIOL 541 Ecology
NR 415Natural Resources Field Methods2
NR 417Sophomore Seminar: Wildlife and Conservation Biology2
NR 658Introduction to Geographic Information Systems4
or ESCI 777 GIS for Earth & Environmental Sciences
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
NR 740Inventory and Monitoring of Ecological Communities4
NR 750Sustaining Biological Diversity (Capstone) 14
Select one of the following Communication Skills courses:4
Introduction to Creative Nonfiction
Professional and Technical Writing
Persuasive Writing
Public Speaking
Select one of the following Vertebrate Ecology, Evolution, and Diversity courses:4
Vertebrate Biology
Mammalogy
Field Ornithology
Ornithology
Sharks and Bony Fishes
Select one of the following Physiology/Behavior courses:3-5
Physiological Ecology
Comparative Morphology and Biology of Vertebrates
Principles of Animal Physiology
Animal Behavior
Select one of the following additional Ecology courses:4
Introduction to Biogeography
Community Ecology
Landscape Ecology
Quantitative Ecology
Total Credits91-93

Sample Course Sequence for Wildlife and Conservation Biology

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 4
BIOL 528 Applied Biostatistics I 4
Select one of the following: 4
Introduction to Creative Nonfiction  
Professional and Technical Writing  
Persuasive Writing  
Public Speaking  
NR 527
Forest Ecology
or Ecology
4
NR 415 Natural Resources Field Methods 2
NR 417 Sophomore Seminar: Wildlife and Conservation Biology 2
Select one of the following: 4
Mammalogy  
Field Ornithology  
Ornithology  
Sharks and Bony Fishes  
Discovery electives  
 Credits28
Third Year
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
NR 658
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
or GIS for Earth & Environmental Sciences
4
Select one of the following: 4-5
Physiological Ecology  
Comparative Morphology and Biology of Vertebrates  
Principles of Animal Physiology  
Animal Behavior  
Discovery electives  
 Credits28-29
Fourth Year
NR 750 Sustaining Biological Diversity (Capstone) 4
NR 740 Inventory and Monitoring of Ecological Communities 4
Select one of the following: 4
Introduction to Biogeography  
Community Ecology  
Landscape Ecology  
Quantitative Ecology  
Discovery electives  
 Credits12
 Total Credits96-97

Students will:

  • Understand the ecological and societal value of biodiversity, sustainability, and environmental stewardship, and more specifically, learn/understand ecological concepts and fundamental principles and techniques to manage and conserve wildlife habitat and populations;
  • know the taxonomy, ecology, and natural history of the majority of native flora and fauna in New England;
  • locate, evaluate, and summarize information from both print and electronic media relevant to wildlife and conservation biology issues, and effectively communicate scientific information in written and oral formats;
  • master mathematical, statistical, and study design knowledge and skills, and use state-of-the-art software, hardware, and analytical techniques relevant to wildlife and conservation biology;
  • be familiar with a variety of natural resource laws and regulations and understand how to integrate relevant social sciences and human dimensions approaches to address wildlife and conservation biology issues as part of multidisciplinary teams.