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Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation students learn on a safari

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology

Conserving the world’s wildlife and protecting the planet

Conserving the world’s wildlife and protecting the planet are truly grand challenges and the motivation behind all that you will do with this major. Scientists estimate that 200 to 2,000 species will become extinct each year. Choose to do more by being at the forefront of species conservation. Become part of the team that is working to understand the ecology and conservation of species worldwide and join in the great debate of why every species is important to the survival of our planet. Are you curious about how wild things work and the role they play in our world? If so, you have found your home. From insects to birds, reptiles to mammals, algae to oaks, this major examines all non-domesticated living things and the challenges they face sharing the planet with mankind.


Areas of study

  • Conservation Biology
  • Wildlife Management
  • Mammalogy
  • Wildlife Policy and Administration
  • Ornithology
  • Wildlife Research Techniques

Career options  

  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Environmental Educator
  • Park Ranger
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Wildlife Technician
  • Environmental Policy Maker
  • Wetland Ecologist
  • Environmental Lawyer

Graduate programs

  • Wildlife Ecology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Zoology
  • Mammalogy
  • Environmental Education
  • Avian Ecology
  • Veterinary Medicine

What’s special about this program?

Become a student in the only undergraduate program in our area where you will meet the educational requirements to be certified as an Associate Wildlife Biologist by the Wildlife Society and the Federal requirements to become a Wildlife Biologist. The only program in the country that integrates insects into a wildlife program, we prepare you with a unique set of career building skills. We have a recognized and dedicated faculty that will work closely with you on research projects, in-class field opportunities, and optional study abroad trips to Costa Rica, Tanzania, Asia, Peru and more.


Get involved

Ag Ambassadors

Agricultural College Council (AgCC)

Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity (AGR)

Alpha Zeta (AZ)

Animal Science Club

Collegiate 4-H

Collegiate FFA

Design Articulture (DART)

Ducks Unlimited

The Entomology Club

Equestrian Team

Food Science Club

Horticulture Club

National AgriMarketing Association (NAMA)

Sigma Alpha Sorority (SA)

Volunteers for Intercultural and Definitive Adventures (VIDA)

The Wildlife Society

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Sample curriculum


New Student Seminar



Wildlife Conservation and Ecology



Insects and Society


BISC207 and 208

Introductory Biology  


CHEM107 and 108

General Chemistry



Seminar in Composition


MATH115 or higher

Pre-Calculus or higher



First Year Experience



University and College Breadth Courses



Wildlife Management


PLSC101 or 201




Introduction to Soil Science



Indigenous Woody Plants of the Eastern United States



General Ecology



Introduction to Data Analysis



Economics of Ag & Natural Resources



Basic Statistical Practice



Group II - Written and Oral Communication



University and College Breadth Courses



Wildlife Policy and Administration



Wildlife Habitat Management






Group I - Zoology Course



Group II - Written and Oral Communication


  Group III - Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conservation Course


Multicultural Requirement


  University and College Breadth Courses




Conservation Biology



Wildlife Research Techniques



Senior Capstone



Group II - Written or Oral Communication Course



University and Breadth Courses