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.
Additional courses required for the concentration: NRC 210 Aquatic Sampling and IdentificationNRC 211 Animal Sampling and Identification BIOLOGY 280 Evolution and Diversity of Life QUANTITATIVE ELECTIVE – choose one of the following : EDUC 555 Introduction to Statistics and Computer Analysis I, NRC 534 Forest Measurements, NRC 577 Ecosystem Modeling and Simulation, NRC 529G Geographic Information Systems and 597G Lab, STATISTICS 501 Methods of Applied Statistics, MATH 127 Calculus I NRC 564 Wildlife Habitat Management NRC 565 Wildlife Population Dynamics BIOLOGY 544 Ornithology or BIOLOGY 548 Mammalogy* *If only one of the above, one additional course: BIOLOGY 521 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, BIOLOGY 540 Herpetology, BIOLOGY 550 Animal Behavior, BIOLOGY 567 Comparative Animal Physiology