Learn Your Way
- Join the Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society
- Conduct your own summer research project with an internship at Taylor Wilderness Research Station
- Study abroad in countries like Australia, Costa Rica and Ecuador.
- Conduct nesting bird surveys, locate small mammal burrows and monitor vegetation used by big game through state or national agencies like Idaho Fish and Game or the Forest Service.
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Your Wildlife Resources degree has a number of course electives that will expand your knowledge and meet your goals.
Your degree may also be enhanced with a minor in one of our other programs. Many of our classes cross over and help you build minor credits.
For detailed information, please visit the catalog description for this degree and its options.
BIOL 115 Cells and the Evolution of Life (4 cr)
BIOL 116 Organisms and Environments (4 cr)
BIOL 213 Principles of Biological Structure and Function (4 cr)
CHEM 101 Introduction to Chemistry I (4 cr)
COMM 101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2 cr)
ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics (3 cr)
FOR 235 Society and Natural Resources (3 cr)
NR 101 Exploring Natural Resources (1 cr)
STAT 251 Statistical Methods (3 cr)
WLF 102 The Fish and Wildlife Professions (1 cr)
CHEM 275 Carbon Compounds (3 cr)
CHEM 277 Organic Chemistry I (3 cr)
FOR 221 Ecology (3 cr)
REM 221 Ecology (3 cr)
GEOL 101 Physical Geology (3 cr)
SOIL 205 The Soil Ecosystem (3 cr)
SOIL 206 The Soil Ecosystem Lab (1 cr)
MATH 160 Survey of Calculus (4 cr)
MATH 170 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (4 cr)
AVS 271 Anatomy and Physiology (3 cr)
CSS 383 Natural Resource and Ecosystem Service Economics (3 cr)
FOR 375 Introduction to Spatial Analysis for Natural Resource Management (3 cr)
WLF 314 Wildlife Ecology I (3 cr)
WLF 315 Wildlife Ecology I Laboratory (1 cr)
WLF 316 Wildlife Ecology II (4 cr)
WLF 440 Conservation Biology (3 cr)
WLF 448 Fish and Wildlife Population Ecology (4 cr)
WLF 492 Wildlife Management (4 cr)
WLF 495 (s) Wildlife Seminar (1-2 cr)
BIOL 310 Genetics (4 cr)
GENE 314 General Genetics (3 cr)
PHYS 100 Fundamentals of Physics (3 cr)
PHYS 111 General Physics I (3 cr)
COMM 431 Applied Business and Professional Communication (3 cr)
ENGL 208 (s) Personal and Exploratory Writing (3 cr)
ENGL 317 Technical Writing (3 cr)
BIOL 481 Ichthyology (4 cr)
BIOL 483 Mammalogy (3 cr)
BIOL 489 Herpetology (4 cr)
WLF 482 Ornithology (4 cr)
Here are just a few of the jobs you can get with this degree.
As a wildlife biologist you will manage and perform research or scientific work to conserve, protect and manage wildlife species, evaluate land and water resources, coordinate with tribal, state, or federal agencies and special interest groups to develop wildlife and resource management plans, including protection of endangered species.
Wildlife law enforcement officer
As a wildlife law enforcement officer you will be responsible for patrolling large wild areas, investigating criminal behavior, responding to human-wildlife conflicts, acting as an environmental education instructor, maintaining peace and helping to coordinate law enforcement operations.
Wildlife management supervisor
As a wildlife management supervisor, you will coordinate law enforcement patrols and investigations and uphold fish and game, watercraft, off-highway vehicle and criminal laws. You will manage wildlife surveys and harvest data, set game hunting limits, set habitat improvement rules, organize hunter and environmental education classes, and monitor resources and wildlife population concerns.
Wildlife management technician
As a wildlife management technician, you will participate in law enforcement patrols and investigations and uphold fish and game, watercraft, off-highway vehicle and criminal laws. You will conduct wildlife surveys and analyze harvest data, enforce game harvest limits, analyze and improve wildlife habitat, organize hunter and environmental education classes, and monitor resources and wildlife population concerns.
Wildlife research technician
As a wildlife research technician, you will participate in wildlife-related assignments, identify species, habitat, or habitat type, maintain a record of trail data, prepare data summaries and assist in the collection, handling and preservation of specimens.
Conservation genetics technician
As a conservation genetics technician you will extract DNA from hair and feces, create larger samples from limited quantities, identify species and sex from DNA sequences, record, manage and analyze data, maintain lab equipment, help researchers, and coordinate lab activities.
As an environmental analyst you will conduct biological or wildlife assessments, assist federal agencies or private companies, use statistics and data to create reports and communicate those findings, and lead open communication to make sure environmental issues are understood.
As a park ranger for the National Park Service or other public spaces, you will manage wildlife, enforce laws for the safety of wildlife and visitors, patrol large areas of highly visited or backcountry work environments, educate visitors of the history, plants and animals in the park, manage visitor traffic, conserve the area’s natural resources and conduct occasional research.
Remote sensing or GIS technician
As a remote sensing or GIS technician you will visit field sites to gather information using GPS surveying and mapping, create and prepare maps of natural resources and wildlife habitat, work in the field and an office, and solve problems for federal, state or private organizations.
As a wildlife research assistant you will help coordinate and conduct research, collect, record and analyze data relating to biological research, work outdoors in natural environments, and combine your knowledge of biology, ethics, social considerations and politics to provide sound technical reports and proposals.