Wildlife Biology and Conservation designs studies and collects biological data for management and conservation of wildlife populations and their habitats. Wildlife Biology and Conservation relies substantially on principles of basic biology and mathematics.
General Interest Area:
Ecology, population dynamics, nutritional ecology, habitat use, animal behavior, wildlife disease, management (e.g., harvest and habitat management), and conservation biology.
High School Background:
Biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics through trigonometry (calculus would be helpful), English, and speech.
Plan of Study:
The Wildlife program offers a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology and Conservation. Students gain a substantial background in basic biology, but will be exposed to quantitative methods in mathematics, statistics, wildlife, and ecology. Coursework meets educational requirements for certification by The Wildlife Society.
How to get Involved:
Contact the Department of Biology and Wildlife for info rmation on student clubs, internships, volunteer or student job opportuniites.
Career and Graduate Possibilites:
Most jobs occur with resource agencies (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Alaska Department of Fish and Game). Several UAF graduates work for private consulting firms. The Wildlife Biology and Conservation program also provides a strong background for students interested in pursuing graduate degrees.