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Wildlife Ecology and Management Degree

Moose crossing river.

Wildlife ecology and management includes the analysis, management, conservation, and restoration of forest, rangeland, and aquatic ecosystems and their associated wildlife populations.  Students graduating in wildlife science prepare for a variety of careers in natural resources, including preparation for graduate school to help launch careers with state agencies, federal land management, regulatory, and research agencies, and numerous private sector enterprises, such as consulting firms, private ranches, private land reclamation firms, and nongovernmental organizations.

Wildlife Science Major

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Current students are encouraged to visit the Wildland Resources Department homepage for current news and information or the Wildland Resources Department's Undergraduate Programs homepage for additional information.

Academic Advisor

Shelly Kotynek

Shelly Kotynek
NR 120

  • Semester-by-semester planning
  • Connecting with clubs
  • Changing your major
  • Academic success resources

Faculty Advisors

One of the following Wildlife Science Faculty Advisors will be assigned to you:
Lise Aubry, Karen Beard, Mike Conover, Johan du Toit, Dave Koons, Dan MacNulty, Terry Messmer, Karen Mock

  • Career planning
  • Graduate school planning
  • Undergraduate research opportunities
  • Selecting degree program electives


Wildlife refers to free-ranging mammals and birdsliving in their natural habitats. The Wildlife Ecology and Management major emphasizes the ecology, behavior, conservation and management of wildlife populations and communities in terrestrial ecosystems.

Students who ….

  • Enjoy working with animals.
  • Like to work outside.
  • Are excited to link research and management.

Wildlife ecology and management majors start with a solid foundation in

  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Chemistry
  • Math

Then move to more advanced courses in

  • Plant and animal ecology.
  • Techniques for vegetation measurement, and management.
  • Management of animal populations, wildlife, policy and economics.

They then focus on a series of courses on specific groups of wildlife (birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals), management of these animal populations, and on human dimensions of wildlife management, including policy and social science. The curriculum meets the USA Federal Government’s Office of Personnel Management requirements for the post of Wildlife Biologist 0486.

The curriculum meets the United States Federal Government's Office of Personnel Management requirements for the Wildlife biologist series.

  • Wildlife Biologist with state and federal land-management agencies such as the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.
  • Environmental consulting firms.
  • Private industry with environmental divisions.
  • Private landowners.
  • Nonprofit environmental organizations such as The Nature Conservancy.

Club membership is not specific to any major in the Quinney College of Natural Resources and all students are encouraged to get involved.  Visit the Student Organizations website to see how to get involved in what interests you.