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Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and Management Degree – Bachelor of Science (BS)

You’d rather brave the wild than scroll your feed. You recognize that sensitive ecosystems require careful stewardship. You want to help seek solutions to pressing environmental problems.

The wildlife and fisheries biology and management (WFBM) degree at the University of Wyoming offers you a chance to be that person who knows all the fish species in your local stream, who understands that people and animals coexist and who wants to make a career in conservation. And you’ll start that career in the beautiful Rocky Mountain West.

What is Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and Management?

The UW wildlife and fisheries biology and management degree is a course of study that offers a path to careers in natural resources management. As a wildlife and fisheries biology and management student, you will receive a solid background in the basic sciences, zoology, conservation biology and ecology. You will also be able to choose a concentration by specializing in the study of terrestrial or aquatic organisms. Training includes learning about animal behavior, habitat selection, population dynamics and conservation and management practices. Plus, you will have the chance to acquire field and laboratory skills in class as well as through field courses in the U.S. and abroad as well as internships.

Your wildlife and fisheries biology and management degree will prepare you for wildlife and fish management careers including professional certification in the American Fisheries Society and American Wildlife Society. It can also serve as the basic degree for advanced training in wildlife law enforcement, veterinary medicine and graduate school in related fields.

Quick Facts

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Minors:

  • Neuroscience
  • Physiology
  • Zoology

Options:

  • Terrestrial
  • Aquatic

Resident Tuition: $134/credit hour

Non-resident Tuition: $537/credit hour

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Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and Management Bachelor’s Degree Program Highlights

Your wildlife and fisheries biology and management degree at UW will expose you to faculty who are conducting groundbreaking research, give you the tools to conduct studies in the wild and provide opportunities to work with wildlife and fish in Wyoming and throughout the world.

Here’s why you might want to choose UW for wildlife and fisheries biology and management:

Wyoming. Study in a place with world-class wildlife populations and a culture that venerates diverse habitats and open spaces.

Internships . Acquire professional and field work skills and discover career paths through internships. The degree requirements include an internship with any of the federal and state agencies or private sector companies including of the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Previous students have spent summers tracking new-born deer fawns in Wyoming and Colorado, trapping spotted skunks and Wyoming toads in Wyoming, capturing Wyoming pocket gophers and monitoring nest predation of Sage Thrashers to name just a few of the opportunities available.

Faculty. Study with professors who study endangered bird species, document new challenges for polar bears, assess the effects of fish stocking and uncover the migration patterns of big game animals.

Undergraduate research. Work with UW professors to study a multitude of species and conservation issues including chipmunks, native bees, moose, song birds, raccoons, toads, elephants, New Zealand mud snails, burbots and many more.

Student organizations. Get involved in the many career-relevant activities of the Wyoming Student Subunit of the American Fisheries Society, UW’s Environment and Natural Resources Club and the University of Wyoming Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society.

Facilities. Acquire hands-on research and lab skills working in the Jenkins Microscopy Facility with its epi-fluorescence microscopes, laser scanning confocal microscopes and electron microscopes, the Red Buttes Environmental Laboratory, the University of Wyoming-National Park Service Research Station, which promotes research in the Yellowstone ecosystem, the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and the UW Museum of Vertebrates.

What Can You Do With a Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and Management Bachelor’s Degree?

A wildlife and fisheries biology and management degree from UW prepares you for certification by the American Fisheries Society and American Wildlife Society and for careers in natural resource management, research, law enforcement as well as for graduate study in related fields.

Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and Management Careers

Wildlife and fisheries biology and management majors go on to various jobs that include:

  • Aquatic technician
  • Environmental scientist
  • Fisheries biologist
  • Fisheries manager
  • Game warden and park ranger
  • Habitat Biologist
  • Museum curator
  • Professor
  • Wildlife biologist
  • Wildlife manager
  • Wildlife research technician
Here are just a few of the places where University of Wyoming wildlife and fisheries biology and management alumni are working:
  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • South Platte Natural Resources District
  • SWCA Environmental Consultants
  • Trihydro Corporation
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park
  • Wyoming Game and Fish Department

Testimonial

“There are hundreds of dedicated wildlife professionals with UW degrees working across Wyoming, from mountains to plains, on creatures big and small.”

-Matt Kauffman, leader of the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit at UW

Examples of Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and Management Degree Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you might take as a wildlife and fisheries biology and management major at the University of Wyoming:

  • Conservation Biology
  • Wildlife Ecology and Management
  • Fisheries Management
  • Fish Culture and Nutrition
  • Mammalogy
  • Environment and Society

View the full Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and Management degree program curriculum.

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