Wildlife Biology and Conservation
Bachelor's Degree Program
Make the Alaska wilderness your classroom when you earn your degree in wildlife biology and conservation at UAF. This hands-on, research-intensive program gives you the chance to work closely with faculty researchers across a wide range of study areas, from molecules to ecosystems.
Study wildlife biology in habitats ranging from the dense forests of southeastern Alaska to the Arctic tundra. Take field trips on the vast network of ski and walking trails of the UAF campus, and in the areas around Fairbanks. Work one-on-one with some of the world’s top researchers and most innovative teachers.
Graduates prepare for careers in wildlife agency administration, wildlife management planning and public information and education. The degree in wildlife biology and conservation also meets the requirements for certification by The Wildlife Society.
What Is Wildlife Biology?
Wildlife biology is the study of animals and animal behavior in their natural habitat. Wildlife biologists often work in research or wildlife conservation roles, within agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They may also work in environmental research firms, zoos or in higher education. Not only do wildlife biologists serve an important role in protecting and preserving animal species, they also help to ensure the safety of human communities by studying diseases, looking for environmental hazards and more.
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Why Study Wildlife Biology and Conservation at UAF?
UAF is one of the top research universities in the United States, and has the highest number of publications in Arctic research of any university in the world. For majors in wildlife biology, this translates into incredible opportunities for field-based learning and research you won’t find anywhere else on Earth.
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Meet our faculty: Todd Brinkman, Biology and Wildlife
What Can You Do With a Wildlife Biology Degree?
Jobs in wildlife biology and wildlife conservation tackle many different types of challenges. You might work to save endangered species, develop land and water use plans, tag or relocate animals for conservation purposes or study ecosystems.
Graduates of our bachelor’s degree program have the qualifications necessary to become a Certified Wildlife Biologist (CWB). They work in fields ranging from healthcare, to environmental monitoring and biology education. Many also go on to graduate study.
Wildlife Biology and Conservation Degree Requirements
The bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology and conservation provides training in the principles, methods and tools of wildlife research, management and conservation. Many wildlife biology majors also take independent study course credits to incorporate their research projects into the program requirements.
Bachelor’s Degree Programs Related to Wildlife Biology and Conservation
- Biological Studies
- Earth Science
- Natural Resources and Environment
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