Fisheries & Wildlife

Fisheries and wildlife (F&W) professionals are responsible for the conservation, protection, regulation, and management of our nation’s fish and wildlife resources. Their management strategies must provide for both consumptive (hunting, fishing) and non-consumptive uses (bird watching, non-game species enhancement, threatened and endangered species protection, conservation biology, zoo management, and others).

Students who successfully fulfill the requirements in the fisheries and wildlife degree program are prepared to enter postgraduate programs as well as competitively enter the workforce. The curriculum reflects civil service requirements of the federal government for wildlife and fisheries biologists and incorporates course requirements for certification in professional societies. The breadth of the curriculum prepares graduates to address complex environmental issues and to interact professionally with a multitude of natural resources disciplines in order to develop solutions to problems. Typical careers for graduates of this degree program include fisheries biologist, wildlife biologist, law enforcement officers, ecologists, habitat managers, zookeepers, disease specialists, or research biologists with private consulting firms and zoos, or with governmental resource management agencies at the local, state, or federal level. Because this is a broad field, students should consult their advisor as they select one of the eight options.

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