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Wildlife and Conservation Science

Undergraduate Program

The mission of the Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Wildlife and Conservation Science is to offer students a comprehensive education in wildlife and conservation science and to prepare them for employment in wildlife and conservation related fields or for entrance into graduate schools in related disciplines.

The program addresses the following critical skills: 1. Application of biological principles to the management of wildlife species, populations, and habitats. 2. Fundamentals of scientific inquiry, methods for data analysis, and communication of results. 3. Methods and field techniques for wildlife management and research. 4. Theoretical and applied studies of wildlife species and populations. An important aspect of this program is that it exceeds the internationally recognized standards established by The Wildlife Society and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Graduates of the program can apply to the Wildlife Society for certification as Associate Wildlife Biologists. The curriculum emphasizes a broad knowledge of organismal sciences. It requires 36 semester hours of these courses, including zoology, botany, ecology, advanced botany, plant taxonomy, ornithology, vertebrate biology, and 6 semester hours of wildlife management. In addition, students must enroll in 11 semester hours of physical sciences, 10 semester hours of quantitative sciences, 12 semester hours in the social sciences and humanities, 12 semester hours in communications, and 6 semester hours in Policy, Administration, and Law.

Students with four-year degrees in Wildlife and Conservation Science from accredited universities qualify for a broad variety of careers related to wildlife and resource conservation.  Potential employers include the state governments, the federal government, and the private sector.

Another growing job market is within the private sector.  Here, graduates with degrees in Wildlife and Conservation Science might find careers among international, national, and regional wildlife, conservation, and eco-tourism organizations; examples would include The World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, the American Land Conservancy, the National Audubon Society, the Sierra Club, The National Wildlife Federation, and a plethora of others.

Furthermore, students with degrees in Wildlife and Conservation Science would be qualified to work as managers at private game farms and ranches or to work as guides and managers in the bourgeoning eco-tourism industry. 

Contact Dr. Jeff Kopachena at 903-886-5395 for more information.