Wildlife Biology

Why a Degree in Wildlife Biology?

Wildlife biology is the study and conservation of wild animals and their habitats. Wildlife biology combines vertebrate and plant ecology with conservation and management activities. The Wildlife Biology Program provides three options: terrestrial (birds and mammals, primarily), aquatic (fisheries), and honors. 

Some wildlife biologists work to conserve endangered species, while others work to reduce populations of over-abundant species or manage for sustained yields of some species of fish and wildlife. Wildlife biologists accomplish this task by working directly with animals, habitats, and people. The work of wildlife biologists includes research, management of wildlife and their habitats, public relations, wildlife education, and law enforcement.

Wildlife Biology career fields can be a highly competitive, so many students pursue a Master’s degree to make themselves more marketable. Assessing the effects of human activities on the needs of wildlife and determining alternative management solutions that allow both human activities and maintenance of wildlife populations are the major foci of wildlife biologists today. 

Sample Occupations

  • Fisheries Biologist
  • Game Warden
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Range Manager
  • Wildlife Manager
  • Conservation Resources Management
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Public Information Officer
  • Teacher

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