Fisheries,Wildlife and Conservation Biology

Learn about the care and management of wildlife, fish, or aquatic resources. Gain a broad science background while focusing on biology and the environment.

What can I specialize in with this major?

Students in this major choose one of these tracks:

Fisheries and Wildlife

  • Conservation Biology: This track focuses on the conservation of land or water creatures and their habitats. You'll learn about various environmental issues. Careers usually involve the protection of endangered species or the management of biodiversity.

  • Fisheries: This track focuses on fisheries and aquatic resources, including their science and management. Topics include fish hatchery management, aquaculture, aquatic education, and aquatic environmental assessment. This track gives you the option of becoming a Certified Fisheries Professional.

  • Wildlife: This track focuses on wildlife science, management, and administration. Topics include zoo biology, terrestrial ecology, environmental assessment, and wildlife education. This track gives you the option of becoming a Certified Wildlife Biologist.

  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine can also be added: In addition to one of the tracks above, students in this major can formally pursue a pre-vet emphasis too. This requires additional biology and chemistry courses

What jobs can I get with this major?

Many FWCB majors go on to careers in the management or protection of aquatic resources, wildlife, or the environment. Potential jobs include fishery or wildlife scientist or manager, park ranger, naturalist, zoo biologist, environmental biologist, environmental educator, and much more.

Some FWCB majors go on to graduate school in biological and natural resource sciences, or to professional programs in veterinary medicine, environmental law, or environmental education.

See a list of sample job titles and other career information from the Career and Internship Services office. This office provides professional career counselors for all CFANS students.

Why choose CFANS for this major?

CFANS provides exceptional research opportunities and interactive learning experiences. The Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology major offers classes that include field trips and multiple ways to learn while doing.

The CFANS Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology is known for its dedication to conservation and for educating students about new research findings. It serves as a cooperative research unit for the U.S. Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife. It also has extension programs focused on citizen-science, and is committed to providing students with a global perspective.

What classes are required? What’s the curriculum like?

This major provides a broad science background. Depending on your track, you'll specialize further in fisheries/aquatic species, wildlife, or the conservation of ecosystems. Your classes may include biology, zoology, genetics, ecology, or conservation biology, among others.

Find requirements for this major in the University Catalog. For academic planning information, see PDF links on the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology website. Each track is listed on that page, with a link to curriculum guides.

After you're admitted to CFANS, you'll work with an academic advisor to enroll in classes that fulfill this major's requirements. Your CFANS advisors will help guide you toward academic success.