Wildlife Ecology & Conservation provides students with the essential conservation science education to study, conserve and protect wildlife populations, and the land and water environments on which they and we depend. This involves learning about the biology and ecology of wildlife; how to manage, conserve and restore wildlife populations and their habitats; how to resolve human-wildlife conflict and wildlife disease problems; and how to conserve and enhance biological diversity. Becoming a wildlife professional requires talent, personal commitment, enthusiasm, sound technical training, and special skills. An essential component of the concentration involves obtaining hands-on field skills as part of your coursework, and field experiences from summer jobs, internships, and cooperative education positions with state, federal and international conservation organizations. Our curriculum will provide you the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level employment in wildlife conservation professions, or to continue graduate training in wildlife ecology and conservation biology. This concentration also provides you with the training and coursework required to qualify for professional certification by The Wildlife Society.