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Study Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Major in Biology with an Emphasis in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Preserving ecosystems from field to forest.

The Wildlife Ecology and Conservation emphasis track combines a love of the natural world with the desire to protect it.

Our curriculum focuses on the biology, protection, and management of wildlife and their natural habitats. Gain a deep understanding of the intricate connections between species and their environment.

Study species in their natural habitats. Learn about pressing conservation challenges, sustainable resource management, and the importance of community engagement.

Master a variety of tools and equipment to conduct research, collect data, and analyze samples in the natural environment.
Assist faculty in monitoring wildlife populations that can become published research or win awards at conferences.

Classroom Topics in the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Emphasis

  • Wildlife ecology and management
  • Natural selection
  • Principles of conservation
  • Invasive species management
  • Herpetology, ornithology, and mammalogy

Combining both lab and field activities, this program gives students a hands-on, interactive look at the relationships between organisms.

What is a Wildlife Biologist?

Wildlife biologists play a vital role in maintaining the balance of ecosystems. Their duties may include:

  • Conducting field research
  • Monitoring wildlife populations
  • Managing wildlife habitat
  • Developing and implementing conservation plans
  • Educating the public about wildlife and conservation issues
  • Policy making for sustainable resource management

The median wildlife biology salary is $64,650 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Careers Ecology Wildlife and Conservation Emphasis Graduates Enjoy:

  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Fishery Biologist
  • Zookeeper
  • Veterinarian
  • Natural Resources Manager
  • Environmental Consultant

This track is recommended for students pursuing a career in zoology, evolutionary biology, environmental science, wildlife biology, conservation, and more.

Additional information
for the School of Science and Mathematics

Catalog – see program guides