Conservation & Restoration Science (CRS)

Conservation & Restoration Science is a major in the Health & Natural Sciences meta-major pathway. 
Sometimes it is described as a major in Natural Resource Management or Climate Science.

The Conservation & Restoration Science Major

  • Do courses like Natural Hazards and Human Disasters and Marine Science sound exciting?
  • Do you want to explore a career working outdoors or using computer-based technology to manage natural resources and wildlife?

The Conservation & Restoration Science major at the University of Washington Bothell offers students the opportunity to recover habitats and protect wildlands from degradation due to disaster, contamination, overuse, or climate change. Academic and other learning experiences enhance students' ability for lab research, data analysis, communication, and problem-solving.

Review the Learning Objectives for more information about this major.

students taking notes in the wetlands


Students in the Conservation & Restoration Science major are passionate about maintaining and repairing natural landscapes impacted by climate change, invasive species, neglect, and the growth of urban spaces. Students spend time outdoors to examine the interaction between ecosystems and their various inhabitants.


Courses in the Conservation & Restoration Science major focus on lab and field experiences to provide students with a working knowledge of science research and analysis. Practice with graphing software and monitoring equipment help students design effective sustainability plans to protect and restore wildlands, plans, and animals. 


Using their background in science and research, graduates in the Conservation & Restoration Science major consult on policies, design reclamation plans, and manage the environmental affairs for businesses, education, nonprofit organizations, and wildlife centers. They also work in federal or local governments.