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Recreation, Conservation, and Wildlife in National Parks

The class for this program will initially meet on the Texas State University campus during the 2019 summer semester and will also include a required fourteen-day field trip to Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho.


2019 Summer Term:  July 8 - August 8, 2019

Program Travel: July 22 - August 4, 2019

Program Objectives and DetailsA photo of a mountain at Big Bend National Park

This program exposes students to real-life scenarios of the impact of human recreational activities in wildlands. There is a growing trend for outdoor recreational activities, which demand an increase in management practices related to these wildlands. A large part of the course covers the issues associated with the conservation of natural parks. Students will see, in-person, the problems and successes in these areas. 

Admission is selective, and space is limited.

Course Options 

BIO 4304 Wildlife and Recreation (undergraduate) CRN 51839
BIO 5304 Wildlife and Recreation (graduate) CRN 51841
BIO 5324 Natural History and Conservation of Large Mammals (graduate) CRN 52816

Students may register for up to six (6) credit hours during this program. 

Pre-trip orientation meetings will take place on the Texas State campus in San Marcos.

Online coursework will also be required.

Students Applying for Graduate Courses

Applicants interested in enrolling in a 5000 level or above extension course who are not Texas State graduate students must first contact the Texas State Graduate College. This step must be completed before registration can be finalized into a graduate-level course.

Tuition and Program Fee

Tuition for three hours of undergraduate university credit (one course):  $833.46 

Tuition for three hours of graduate university credit (one course):  $983.46 

Tuition for six hours of graduate university credit (two courses): $1,966.92

Additional Program Fee includes park admission, camping fees, group meals, and transportation from Billings, MT, to and from national parks: $980

Important Note: Airfare to/from Billings, MT, and personal expenses are not included in the program fee. 

The course tuition and program fee will be billed and paid through SBS Billing and Payment.

Drops and Refunds

All university policies regarding installments, course drops, and refunds apply to all billed and paid tuition and program fees.

Applying to the Program

Applications are now open for this program!

Texas State University requires completion of the Texas State University Study in America Program Application, as well as approval of the Program Director, Dr.  Castro-Arellano, prior to registering for courses. The online application has several sections and will automatically save progress, so you may leave the application and return later to complete it.

Registering for Courses

After applying for and being accepted into the program, you must also register for your course through the Student Information System/Catsweb during the regular university registration period.

For more information about the content of the course/program, please contact Dr. Ivan Castro-Arellano.

For questions about applying/registering, please contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.