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College of Natural Resources

College of Natural Resources

Programs in the College of Natural Resources are interactive and interdisciplinary, crossing boundaries to provide deep understanding of our natural world. With the University of Idaho being just minutes away from beautiful forests, rivers, and lakes of northern Idaho, you will have many opportunities for hands-on learning and research opportunities. As a student in this program, you will explore global environmental challenges as they relate to waste management, environmental policy & law, water science, ecosystems, land use, energy systems, and more.


  • Top 10

    College offering degrees in Natural Resources and Conservation

    college, 2017

  • Over 60%

    of Idaho is public land

    Idaho Conservation League, 2018


Degree Programs:

Undergraduate degree programs:

  • Ecology & Conservation Biology(B.S.)

  • Environmental Science(B.S.)

  • Fire Ecology & Management (B.S.)

  • Fishery Resources (B.S.)

  • Forestry (B.S.)

  • Natural Resource Conservation (B.S.)

  • Rangeland Conservation (B.S.)

  • Renewable Materials (B.S.)

  • Wildlife Resources (B.S.)

Graduate and Ph. D.

  • Natural Resources(M.S., M.N.R., Ph.D.)

  • Environmental Science (M.S., Ph.D.)

Hands-on Learning

Semester in the Wild

This will not be your everyday university experience. Break in those hiking boots and get ready for class in the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness.

Semester in the Wild takes place at Taylor Wilderness Research Station, located deep in the heart of the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness, where you will earn 17 credits during yourfall semester. Accessible only by hiking or flying, Taylor Wilderness Research Station is the most remote teaching and learning facility in the Lower 48. At the end of the semester, you will leave Taylor and arrive in Moscow, Idaho to complete your courses.

You will learn in an outdoor setting; standing in a creek taking samples or writing about your passions for the natural world while sitting on a mountain ridge. Semester in the Wild is a premium opportunity for students from any university to spend 11 weeks learning ecology, environmental writing, wilderness management, outdoor leadership, and environmental history within pristine Idaho wilderness.

McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS)

The McCall Outdoor Science School is no ordinary school. Here, students are excited to learn. Here, students learn by immersing themselves in nature. Here, students grow and create while exploring the science of ecology.

This school is operated by the University of Idaho’s College of Natural Resources. The University and itspartners use MOSS to foster scientific literacy, leadership skills and open-minded dialogue through graduate and professional education, youth science programs, seminars, and more. The school was founded in 2001 and has remained the only publicly operatedK-12 residential outdoor school in Idaho.