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Recreation, Conservation, and Wildlife in National Parks

Big bend national park.

This program will be offered virtually (online) in summer 2021.

What You Will Learn

Courses are centered on the interaction of wildlife and recreational activities. Anthropogenic activities create impacts on wildlife and wildlife environments, but at the same time not allowing people to enjoy wild environments decreases support for their protection. Also, the conservation of large mammals within the context of National Parks is a central issue for this group of animals. At the end of the program, students will not only have have a strong theoretical background for conservation but also will be immersed in current and relevant examples of these situations.

The program will include virtual and in-person visits to local sites close to the San Marcos campus. Then, activities will allow a guided and deep discussion to contrast these experiences. Currently there is a push towards a more intense use of these vicarious and indirect practices but their value of these for conservation is under discussion. Students will be heavily involved in this central discussion and put it in the context of the theoretical background that will be covered in each course.


Summer 2021 Term: July 5 - August 5, 2021

Virtual Program Experiences: Weekly, throughout course term

Orientation Meetings: Dates TBD

Course Options 

BIO 4304

Wildlife and Recreation: Impact Management and Policy

BIO 4324 Natural History and Conservation of Large Mammals (undergraduate) 52630
BIO 5304

Wildlife and Recreation: Impact Management and Policy

BIO 5324 Natural History and Conservation of Large Mammals (graduate) 52631

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

Pre-program orientation meetings will take place online.

Online coursework throughout the program 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

3 Hours (1 Course) Undergraduate


6 Hours (2 Courses) Undergraduate


3 Hours (1 Course) Graduate


6 Hours (2 Courses) Graduate


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

Additional Program Fee

There will be no additional program fee for this virtual program.

Drops and Refunds

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

Registering for Courses

After applying for and being accepted into the program, you must also register for your courses 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.