Wild Semester (New Mexico)

Required Texts and Materials


  1. Intructions for taking Field Notes, an essential part of this program.
  2. The Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Handbook, Revised and Updated. Most updated version
  3. Silva Ranger compass with adjustable declination AND built in clinometer.


Course Objectives: Biology 342 seeks to give the student an understanding of: the natural history, the taxonomic characteristics, and the phylogenetic relationships among vertebrates of the United States, with focusing on both southeastern and southwestern species.  The emphasis is on amphibians, reptiles and mammals; however, a number of the more common bird species will be examined. The course also seeks to give the student a practical understanding of field research techniques and the role of biological collections, particularly as these relate to diversity and conservation studies. 

Required Materials:

  • Books required for this class include:
  • Specimen Preparation Kit:

  • Field Notebooks: Recommended: Ben Meadows Company Field Book (#101595)
  • Pens: Required: Uniball, Micro or Fine, black ink. Bring at least 10!

    Course Objectives: Biology 430 is a technical introduction to fisheries, forestry, wildlife and land management. It is also an introduction to conservation biology in a formal sense. The goal of this course is to give the student an understanding of the historical development of these disciplines, the agencies charged with resource management, the current legislation that mandates their policies, and most importantly, a working knowledge of management practices within each discipline.

    Required Materials:


    Course Objectives:Biology 340 seeks to give the student an understanding of: the interactions among organisms and between organisms and their environments, the consequences of these interactions for population dynamics, community structure, and the flow of energy and matter through ecosystems, all within the context of evolutionary processes. The course will also consider environmental issues and conservation.

    Required Materials:

    The text book required for this class is Ecology: Concepts and Applications, 3rd Edition. 2013. By Michael Cain, William D. Bowman, Sally D. Hacker, Sinauer Associates, Inc., Publishers. Any material presented in the text will be considered testable material whether or not it has been discussed in class. Other readings from the primary literature will be assigned and used in laboratory work and class discussions.