A student stands outdoor next to a large buck deer.

Wildlife Ecology & Conservation Sciences Degree Plan

Degree Options

  • Bachelor of Science in Earth and
  • Environmental Sciences


Wildlife and Conservation Science

  •     Basic
  •     Pre-Veterinary


  • Earth Sciences
  • Environmental Science
  • Forestry
  • Geospatial Analysis
  • Natural Resources
  • Wildlife Ecology

Admission to the Major Requirements

Students may be admitted as Earth and Environmental Sciences majors upon declaring their intent to the department.

Suggested Classes for First-year Students

  • BIOL 106: Introductory Biology: Organismal Biology
  • BIOL 107: Introductory Biology: Cell Biology and Genetics
  • CHEM 101: Introduction to Chemistry
    • OR CHEM 105: Principles of Chemistry I
  • MATH 106: College Algebra
  • MATH 108: Trigonometry

Suggested Classes for Transfer Students              

  • SOE 204: Natural Resources Measurements
  • SOE 300: Natural Resources Ecology
  • SOE 310: Methods in Wildlife Ecology
  • SOE 301: Forest Plants & Ecosystems
  • SOILS 368: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Math Requirement        

  • MATH 106: College Algebra
  • MATH 108: Trigonometry
  • STAT 212: Introduction to Statistical Methods
  • Advanced Statistics Class

School of the Environment Core Courses

Ecology, Earth Systems, Water Science, Modeling and Spatial Analysis, Society and Environmental Management, Statistics, Advanced Communications, Integrated Capstone, Experiential Learning Opportunity

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science Core Courses

  • SOE 310: Methods in Wildlife Ecology
  • SOE 435: Wildlife Ecology
  • SOE 450: Conservation Biology
  • SOE 431: Wildlife Nutrition
  • SOE 446: Wildlife Habitat Ecology
  • Two animal systematics courses: Mammalogy, Ornithology, Amphibians and Reptiles, Fish Biology
  • SOE 204: Natural Resources Management
  • SOE 301: Forest Plants and Ecosystems
  • SOE 302: Arid Land Plants and Ecosystems
  • SOE 438: Natural Resources Policy and Law
  • SOE 441: Population Ecology

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Program Strengths

  • Get hands-on experience with wildlife and conservation at
  • The Bear Research, Education, and
  • Conservation Program
  • The Wild Ungulate and Small Mammal
  • Research Facility
  • The Large Carnivore Conservation Lab
  • The Endangered Species Laboratory
  • The Conservation Genetics and Environmental DNA Laboratory
  • Geographic Information Systems labs

Work closely with professors who are nationally recognized experts in:

  • Large carnivore management and conservation
  • Behavioral ecology, reproduction, and nutrition of wildlife
  • Habitat restoration and conservation of endangered species
  • Forest, grassland, and wetland habitat management
  • Landscape and conservation genetics

Benefit from an integrated curriculum that allows you learn about wildlife from all angles.

Student Clubs

  • The Wildlife Society
  • Forestry Club
  • Environmental Science Club
  • Geology Club

Career Options

  • Wildlife biologist, manager, or researcher
  • Fishery biologist, manager, or researcher
  • Conservation biologist/Endangered species specialist
  • Wildlife refuge manager
  • Wildlife officer
  • Veterinarian
  • Zookeeper
  • Natural resources manager
  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental educator

The School of the Environment is affiliated with both the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences.