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DEPARTMENT OF Environmental Biology
Wildlife Science

Wildlife science is the application of ecological knowledge in a manner that strikes a balance between the needs of wildlife populations and the needs of people.

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The program prepares students for careers with state and federal agencies as well as an array of domestic and international non-governmental organizations. Diverse job functions include management of wildlife on state, federal or private lands; inventory and assessment of wildlife populations and associated habitats; and interaction with the public to convey the value and rationale of wildlife conservation programs and initiatives. Students who excel academically will also be prepared to continue toward a graduate degree, which can greatly expand employment opportunities and is often necessary for even entry-level, career-track positions.

Science foundation enhanced with field research opportunities.

The courses associated with this major reflect the interdisciplinary nature of wildlife science. Students are prepared for work in the wildlife science field through a strong foundation in the biological and physical sciences, effective communication, and knowledge of management strategies. Students learn about the complicated interactions between wildlife and humans and gain the tools and understanding needed to address these complex problems. Field-based learning is emphasized through six credits of field experience, three of which are earned at the Cranberry Lake Biological Station over the summer.

Program Requirements

Students working with wildlife specimens.


Wildlife Science Degree Outcomes

Placement rates are high in the areas of wildlife management, field research assistants, policy and communication positions, and in graduate programs. Jobs are available with federal and state agencies, research institutions, private consulting firms and nongovernmental organizations, both regionally and nationally.

Gallery of students working.
Gallery of students working.