Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology Major
In urban areas and remote wildernesses, the health of wild animal populations is enormously affected by human activities. Majors in wildlife, fish and conservation biology study the relationships between human needs—including recreation, resource use and hunting—and wildlife needs for shelter and habitat preservation. The program's focus on real-world activities and hands-on training makes it excellent preparation for students interested in entering professional careers in wildlife and conservation biology.
Wildlife, fish and conservation biology majors are qualified to work in a diverse range of positions. Many graduates move directly into employment as professional wildlife and conservation biologists. Others pursue advanced degrees in the field or in veterinary medicine or other allied areas.
You will begin your study with fundamental courses in natural sciences and mathematics before progressing to more advanced work in general biology, environmental sciences and wildlife/conservation biology. At the upper division level, you will select a specialization within the program and complete courses related to that area. Some choices for specialization include behavioral ecology, ecotoxicology and disease ecology, wildlife damage management and physiological ecology. You may also choose an individualized program with courses selected to meet specific academic or career goals.