Wildlife and Fisheries Science is the application of biology to populations of vertebrate animals and their plant and animal associations in a manner that strikes a balance between the needs of animal populations and the needs of people. Students majoring in Wildlife and Fisheries Science develop a broad understanding of biology, ecology, physical sciences and applied natural resource management. In addition, courses in human attitudes and behavior and natural resource policy provide students with the ability to understand the motivations of a diverse public with regard to natural resource issues.
What is Wildlife and Fisheries Spring Camp?
During the spring of their junior year, students are exposed to a semester of intensive, field-oriented courses in the Wildlife and Fisheries Spring Camp. Spring Camp is designed to provide students with extensive, applied field experience and an opportunity to interact closely with wildlife and fisheries professionals in a variety of settings. Students learn through studying real-life situations and case studies, to a wide variety of challenges facing their industry today. Surveys of past students indicate that Spring Camp is an overwhelmingly positive, hands-on learning experience.
How does Wildlife and Fisheries Science prepare me for my future career?
The Wildlife and Fisheries Science internship program is designed to give students practiced, hands-on wildlife and/or fisheries experience working with state, federal or private organizations. Internships help students identify career goals, provide valuable job experiences and facilitate the development of professional contacts for full-time employment following graduation. The Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences' internship program allows students who have completed their junior year to receive credit for their experience. Students have secured internships from Alaska to the Rockies, from the Great Plains to the East Coast.
Where can I get a job with this background?
Graduates in Wildlife and Fisheries Science are employed by an array of private, state and federal entities.
Private Sector — Industries that manage or impact natural resources, including consulting firms, forest product companies and conservation organizations, employ wildlife and fisheries biologists.
State Agencies — Agencies responsible for management of wildlife and fish, as well as those responsible for enforcing environmental regulation, hire wildlife and fisheries biologists.
Federal Agencies — Agencies including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. National Park Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, among others, also have a special interest in our wildlife and fisheries biologists.
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