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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.

Shelly Kotynek


Shelly Kotynek

NR 120

Shelly brings years of experience in academic advising, and her love for the outdoors to help students succeed in their educations and future careers.

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


One of the following Wildlife Science Faculty Mentors will be assigned to you:

Karen Beard Kezia Manlove Clark Rushing Tal Avgar Mike Conover Johan du Toit Dan MacNulty Terry Messmer Karen Mock
  • Career planning
  • Graduate school planning
  • Undergraduate research opportunities
  • Selecting degree program electives