Wildlife Biology Information
The general fields of wildlife biology and natural resource conservation include the study of the ecology, and the management, protection and restoration of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Although areas of specialization in these fields have specific course requirements, almost all first-year students take the same initial classes in biology and chemistry.
Once a student attains sophomore status, science course requirements begin to vary from area to area and among baccalaureate-granting institutions. Some schools also may require calculus and one year of a foreign language. Therefore, you should contact your probable transfer institution as early as possible, and certainly before you begin your second year, for specific course requirements in your chosen area of study.
Career opportunities include fishery biology, wildlife biology, forestry, soil and water management and conservation, parks and recreation, ecological restoration, air and water quality control, toxicology, waste management, activism and lobbying, environmental law, and education. A minimum of a bachelor's degree in science is usually required; a post-graduate degree is desirable.
Employment prospects are only fair and may require long hours of field work under rugged conditions. To be competitive in this diverse field, students need to take extensive coursework in biology and a minimum of one year of college-level chemistry.
- Wildlife Biology, A.S. Degree
- Student Planning Worksheet
If you are considering this program as an area of study, consult with a faculty advisor in this field.
Chris Petersen, Ph.D.
Health and Sciences Division
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 1220, (630) 942-8331