Every year, more land transitions to wildlife management as its primary use. Wildlife conflict issues impact more of the world each day. The program track in Wildlife Management provides students the necessary background and experience to seek careers in the growing field of wildlife management, and to prepare them to lead in the wildlife profession through transformative teaching, diverse educational experiences, professional preparation with leading wildlife biologists, and hands-on skills learning. This program will prepare students to competitively engage in this profession upon graduation, or to pursue graduate education. Students will gain critical understanding of the basic sciences (e.g. chemistry, mathematics, biology) that will allow them to fully understand the management techniques and methods they will study in their advanced coursework.
The Wildlife Management track student will have a strong foundation in the basics of wildlife management: population dynamics, anatomy and physiology, habitat management principles, and wildlife techniques. A summer field practicum will provide intense, hands-on experience to solidify these principles. Students will pursue advanced coursework in focal management areas, such as large mammal management, upland bird management, waterfowl/wetland management, or wildlife damage management, that can translate into lifelong careers. Upon graduation, students will qualify for The Wildlife Society’s Associate Wildlife BiologistÒ certification to provide competitive credentials in today’s job market. The graduate of the Wildlife Management track will be prepared to step into the modern wildlife management workforce with the requisite skills to be a leading member of the wildlife profession in technical skill, professional communication, and scientific acumen.