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The Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences (DECS) provides students with instruction and expertise in a diverse array of ecological and biophysical sciences. As a multidisciplinary department, we bring together faculty with academic training in fire science, watershed hydrology, insects and diseases, soil science, plant physiology, and wildlife biology. DECS is a rigorous, stimulating, and inspirational environment for undergraduate through doctoral students to learn about ecosystem processes and ecological function in a biologically diverse and scenic setting.

Wildlife Biology Program

Wildlife Biology Program

The Wildlife Biology program provides students with extensive knowledge in ecology, population biology, wildlife biology, and critical thinking and quantitative skills. Students can obtain a B.S. or minor in Wildlife Biology, an M.S. in Wildlife Biology, or a PhD in Fish and Wildlife Biology.  LEARN MORE

Wildland Restoration

Wildland Restoration

The Wildland Restoration program focuses on the integrative issues of restoration ecology, particularly in forest, river, mountain, and other wildland settings. Students can obtain a B.S. in Wildland Restoration, with either a terrestrial or aquatic option; or a wildland restoration minor. LEARN MORE

Systems Ecology

Systems Ecology

The intercollegiate graduate program in Systems Ecology provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to the study of ecological systems that focuses on interactions and transactions within and among biological systems. Students can obtain an M.S. or PhD in Systems Ecology. LEARN MORE

Climate Change Studies

Climate Change Studies

The Climate Change Studies Program combines rigorous training in sciences with coursework in ethics and policy to offer students a unique, multidisciplinary understanding of climate change. Students from any UM degree program can obtain a minor in Climate Change Studies. LEARN MORE