Conservation is the scientific management of our natural resources: water, soil, air, wildlife and forests. Scientific management has evolved from the idea that people and the environment have requirements for their continued existence. The field of conservation is directed at understanding our environment and applying and advancing management techniques to maintain sustainable communities for all life on Earth.

Why Study Conservation?

  • You enjoy working outdoors.
  • You want to contribute to maintaining a quality environment for our current life and future generations.
  • You like a broad-based curriculum that allows you to specialize in a particular area of conservation that you're interested in.
  • You have a long-time interest in a particular area of conservation that you want to pursue as a professional career.
  • You want to acquire the interdisciplinary training needed for many conservation careers or for graduate school.

Our Conservation Program

The Conservation major is a broad spectrum curriculum designed to provide the student with an extensive physical, biological and social science knowledge base. The major is a professional career path emphasizing interdisciplinary skills necessary to function in field-oriented natural resource positions. Flexibility built into this curriculum through the use of numerous minors and elective courses allows students to tailor the program to most effectively meet their career objectives.


The Conservation major at UWRF has five full-time faculty who form the instructional and student advising core. Since conservation is such a diverse discipline, numerous faculty from other departments within CAFES provide support courses for the major.

Contact Us

Plant and Earth Science
324 Agricultural Science
611 S. 3rd St.

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