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Individuals seeking greater academic training and experience in ecology, conservation science, and natural resources may wish to consider some of the following courses being offered through the Department of Natural Resource Sciences or other academic programs in ecology and environmental science at Washington State University listed below:

  • Introduction to Natural Resource Management (Natrs 100) – 1 cr.
    [Introduction to professional fields in natural resources.]
  • Introduction to Measurements & Computers in Natural Resources (Natrs 204) – 2 cr.
    [Introduction to basic analytical techniques in natural resources.]
  • Introductory Wildlife Management (Natrs 280) – 4 cr.
    [Foundation of wildlife ecology and management of populations.]
  • Natural Resource Ecology (Natrs 300) – 3cr.
    [Introduction to ecological principles.]
  • Forest Plants and Ecosystems (Natrs 301) – 3 cr.
    [Identification and ecology of forest plants.]
  • Silviculture (Natrs 305) – 3 cr.
    [Forest stand dynamics and natural resource management.]
  • Natural Resource Economics (Natrs 311) – 3 cr.
    [Economics in natural resource management and policy.]
  • Natural Resources & Society (Natrs 312) – 3 cr.
    [Social views of natural resources; processes by which these views
    are developed and expressed; social conflict over natural resources.]
  • Remote Sensing & Airphoto Interpretation (Natrs 374) – 3 cr.
    [Physical basis of remote sensing, fundamentals of aerial photography
    and image analysis applied to agriculture, forestry, wildland management problems.]
  • Limnology & Aquatic Ecosystem Management (Natrs 411) – 3 cr.
    [Science of aquatic ecosystems emphasizing lake ecology.]
  • Ecosystem Surveys and Inventories (Natrs 414) – 3 cr.
    [The application of sampling theory in natural resource inventories and surveys.]
  • Fisheries Management (Natrs 416) – 4 cr.
    [Principles in managing aquatic resources; Taught at U. Idaho.]
  • Resolving Environmental Conflicts (Natrs 428 / 528) – 4 cr.
    [Learn how to deal with public environmental issues.]
  • Wildlife Nutrition (Natrs 431/531) – 3 cr.
    [Nutritional requirements and interactions of wildlife populations.]
  • Wildlife Ecology (Natrs 435 /535) – 4 cr.
    [Advanced principles of wildlife ecology.]
  • Advanced Wildlife Management (Natrs 436/536) – 4 cr.
    [Management criteria for wild vertebrate populations. Field trips required.]
  • Natural Resource & Environmental Policy & Law (Natrs 438) – 3 cr.
    [Development, content and implementation of natural resources and
    environmental policy and law in the U.S. Emphasis on both historical
    development and current issues in this field.]
  • Population Ecology & Conservation (Natrs 441/541) – 4 cr.
    [Ecology, conservation, management of vertebrate populations, especially
    threatened and endangered species; designed for wildlife and conservation
    biology majors.
  • Conservation Biology (Natrs 450 / 550) – 3cr.
    [Online Course. Free up your course schedule. Ecology of
    Endangered Species. Design and plan an ecological reserve.]
  • Restoration Ecology (Natrs 454 / 554) – 3 cr.
    [New! Moved to fall semester. Field-based restoration course
    hosted at the Steffen Center.]
  • Elements of Range Management Sciences (Natrs 455) – 3 cr.
    [Systems science, ecology, wildlife, livestock, social science,
    concept design, and their contributions to a management science
    involving rangelands.]
  • Watershed Management (Natrs 460/560) – 3 cr.
    [Principles and practices of management of forest and rangelands
    for protection, maintenance, and improvement of water resource values.
    Field trip required.]
  • ArcGIS and Geospatial Analysis (Natrs 468) – 4 cr.
    [Learn how to map and analyze spatial ecology data.]
  • Natural Resource Management Internship (Natrs 479) – variable cr.
    [Credit for working in an intern program.]
  • Senior Thesis in Natural Resources (Natrs 488) – variable cr.
    [Credit for completing a senior thesis project with advisor.]
  • Introduction to Wildland Fire (Natrs 530) – 3 cr.
    [Behavior and ecology of wildland fire.]
  • Natural Resource Policy & Administration (Natrs 538) – 3 cr.
    [Graduate-level counterpart of NATRS 438; additional requirements.]

For more information on these and other classes in the Department of
Natural Resource Sciences
, see the Registrar’s course list:
(, then
select appropriate semester and year for the Pullman campus, and then scroll
down the departmental list, and click on NATRS.

To explore additional ecology courses, including those leading to a minor in ecology
through the College of Sciences, please visit: College of Sciences, fields of study.

To explore all fields of study in the environmental and natural resource sciences
see: Majors, Degrees, and Minors or visit: Environmental Science & Regional Planning,
or see our Links page above, or view information from the Graduate School.

To apply for student positions working with Ecology @ WSU projects or for more
information on our activities in conservation science, please contact via email:

Dr. Rod Sayler (r d s a y l e r @ w s u . e d u)


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