The Wild is Calling
Our environment is ever-changing, and the relationships among its inhabitants are key to our future. Here, you will gain a broad knowledge of organismal sciences and focus on wildlife management, ecology and the preservation of biodiversity. This program exceeds the internationally recognized standards of The Wildlife Society and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. With this competitive edge, you can pursue a career as a wildlife manager, park ranger, urban biologist, game warden, ecologist or conservation planner. Excel in positions on private game ranches, nature centers, with governmental agencies and private organizations such as Texas Parks and Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Forest Service, the Nature Conservancy and the Audubon Society. In addition, students graduating from this program can pursue graduate study for further professional development and opportunity. Utilizing STEM innovation and discovery, you can protect the earth's inhabitants and help them thrive. This program is offered as a collaboration between the Department of Biological and Environmental Science and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
Focus Your Passion
Choose from two tracks depending on your interests.
Plant Diversity and Conservation. Three semester hours. The course focuses on patterns and distribution of plant diversity and threats to plant diversity. Range of strategies and approaches used in plant conservation will be discussed.
Principles of Sustainability is a three hour course designed to provide an overview of the social and biological principles of sustainability. An emphasis will also be placed on understanding on the education, health, population dynamics, culture, agriculture, food security, and natural resources aspects of sustainability.
This course outlines processes governing the abundance and distribution of animals and plants, and the consequences for natural resource management. Practical applications lie in wildlife management, sustainable harvesting of resources, pest control and conservation of endangered species. Topics will include mathematical models of population growth, population viability analysis, and metapopulations, dispersal, population harvesting, predation, population cycles, and competition.
Is this Program a Good Fit for You?
Wildlife and Conservation Science students are typically interested in
- Wildlife management
- Conservation and preservation of biodiversity
Choose from a wide variety of engaging careers in the field of wildlife and conservation science.
Career Possibilities and Current Median Salaries
- Wildlife Biologist – 8% projected job growth through 2026
- Conservation Scientist – 6% projected job growth through 2026
- Private Game Farm or Ranch Manager – 1% projected job growth through 2026
US DOL Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018
Internship experience provides the foundation employers are often looking for. Although not required for your degree, internships are an important part of your education experience. These are just a few of the companies that partner with Student Career Preparedness and offer opportunities for A&M-Commerce wildlife and conservation science students.
Undergraduate Program Costs
Tuition and fees for undergraduate students taking 12 credit hours are $4,212 for Texas residents and $9,108 for non-residents.