WILDLIFE ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT
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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.
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.
The curriculum meets the USA Federal Government’s Office of Personnel Management requirements for the post of Wildlife Biologist 0486.
What is Wildlife Ecology and Management?
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.
What type of students study Conservation and Restoration Ecology?
Students who …
- Enjoy working with animals.
- Like to work outside.
- Are excited to link research and management.
What do Wildlife Ecology and Management majors study?
Wildlife ecology and management majors start with a solid foundation in:
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.
What type of jobs do graduates get?
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.