Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology

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Understand the relationships between the needs of wildlife and the needs of people and how these relationships are vital for the maintenance of ecological diversity, recreational resources, and food supplies.

The Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology major deals with the relationships between the requirements of wildlife and the needs of people. Understanding these relationships is vital for the maintenance of ecological diversity, recreational resources, and food supplies. Students completing the major possess a broad knowledge of ecology and natural history, but with the quantitative skills to use this knowledge in critical thinking and decision-making.

The program

The major emphasizes broad training in biological and physical sciences, with specialization in one of five areas. The major is primarily for students interested in becoming professionals in the diverse and cutting-edge fields of wildlife, fish, and conservation biology including veterinary and wildlife health sciences. The breadth of course requirements, when combined with electives also make this an excellent preparatory major for secondary school teaching. Certification by professional societies such as The Wildlife Society, American Fisheries Society, or the Ecological Society of America, or preparation for specialized resource-related graduate studies may also be achieved by careful planning of electives with a faculty adviser


  • Behavioral Ecology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Ecotoxicology and Disease Ecology
  • Fisheries Biology
  • Physiological Ecology
  • Wildlife Damage Management
  • Wildlife Biology

Career options

  • Aquaculturist
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Educator
  • Endangered Species Advocate/Lawyer/ Policy Analyst
  • Fisheries Biologist
  • Forest Ranger
  • International Conservationist
  • Park Ranger
  • Research Scientist
  • Veterinarian
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation
  • Wildlife Technician

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