Our faculty are dedicated to delivery instruction rooted in evidence-based science and field application. While our focus is on rangeland, wildlife and fisheries management and policy, our faculty possess further expertise in management strategies, economic drivers and requirements, and legal and regulatory considerations associated with stewardship of natural resources.
The department offers an undergraduate major in rangeland, wildlife and fisheries management and policy to meet employment opportunities in federal or state agencies, private industry, consulting, or other landowner-focused entities. The major includes experiential learning field programs/internships in rangeland, wildlife, and fisheries management to provide a firm foundation in field skills necessary for accreditation bodies including The Wildlife Society, Society of Range Management, and the American Fisheries Society. The undergraduate major also offers accounting and pre-business, management, law and policy electives to better prepare students.
We also offer a graduate program for masters and doctoral students that will prepare individuals for advanced careers in the private sector, agencies, academia, or other services. Students can obtain a M.S. or Ph.D. in Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries management with particular specializations. Due to the nature of the workplace, and skills required to successfully perform duties asked of field biologists, master of science degrees are essential for many positions in natural resource professions. As such, our master of science program provides students with experience conducting and interpreting results from problems-focused field research. Our interdiscplinary doctoral program focuses on training future leaders in the profession that simultaneously emphasizes data- and field experience-based decisions to inform management and policy.
In January 2020, our department was established after a restructuring of the former Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences (WFSC) and Ecosystem and Science Management (ESSM) Departments.
The support of our current students still going through the program under the legacy departments is of utmost importance to us. To help with this transition, RWFM degree programs are currently inactive. Incoming undergraduate and graduate students will still come in under Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences or Ecosystem and Science Management degree programs.
Current WFSC and ESSM students seeking information regarding their degree program can schedule appointments with our undergraduate or graduate advisors or visit the legacy sites for degree requirements, course catalogs and other details.