Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries

Prepare for a career protecting and managing animals in our natural world

The great outdoors becomes your laboratory when you major in wildlife and fisheries at Frostburg State University. Taking a holistic approach to sustainable management of game and conservation of non-game species, students can choose a major in wildlife, fisheries or both. FSU offers Maryland’s only four-year degree programs in these fields. The Wildlife & Fisheries program focus on ecology, conservation, and management of our natural resources. The fisheries option considers the physical and biological aspects of aquatic environments.  These majors are ideal choices for students who want the outdoors as their office and are dedicated to sustainable natural resource management.

  • Choose to major in wildlife, fisheries or both.
  • Prepare yourself to hold scientific research positions working for federal or state
    agencies or private companies. Graduates from FSU’s program are currently employed
    in such positions as western region ecologist, Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources;
    conservation ranger, Georgia Department of Natural Resources; and environmental
    educator, Shavers Creek Environmental Center.
  • Strengthen your bachelor’s degree in wildlife and fisheries with a minor in biology,
    forestry, ethnobotany, animal behavior, geography or sustainability studies.
  • Meet the requirements for a certified wildlife biologist through The Wildlife Society and Fisheries Professional certification through the American Fisheries Society.

B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Highlights:

  • Study wildlife and fisheries in the Allegheny Mountains, surrounded by diverse public lands including mountain ridges, meadows, swamps, bogs, lakes and streams ideal for learning about nature.

  • Gain valuable field experience working with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources on projects such as cave surveys and stream surveys of endangered wildlife and fish.

  • Complete internships in such locations or organizations as Catoctin Mountain Park, Hickory Environmental Education Center, Project WILD Coordinator, MD. Dept. of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy and local state parks.

  • Apply knowledge of ecosystem functioning, services, and restoration to challenging natural resource management situations.

  • Study on a campus that is well-equipped with biology and microbiology labs, a genetics lab, a fish museum, environmental chambers, environmental room, microscopy lab, herbarium and many other scientific facilities to assist you in your undergraduate research.

  • Enjoy outdoor labs with hands-on research experiences in wildlife and fisheries.

  • Join our campus chapters of The Wildlife Society, the Society for Conservation Biology, the Sierra Student Coalition and Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society. Take part in Wildlife Society’s Conclaves where you’ll participate in academic competitions and quiz bowls.

About Our Wildlife and Fisheries Faculty:

  • Learn from faculty members who specialize in wildlife management, interpretation, reintroductions, carnivore behavior, population genetics and other specialties.

  • Study with faculty who research current management issues and interact with professionals in state and federal agencies and environmental organizations.

  • Experience hands-on activities in small classes where you work closely with professors studying natural resources, forming strong mentoring relationships.

  • Research with graduate students in the Master of Science in Wildlife/ Fisheries Biology program.

Sample Wildlife and Fisheries Courses You May Take:

Fish Management and Culture – Explore contemporary problems in fisheries management. Focus on conserving the physical and biological aspects of aquatic ecosystems.

Ecology and Management of Wildlife Populations – Study factors determining the distribution and abundance of wildlife populations and current management practices used to manipulate wildlife populations.

General Zoology – Delve into the biology of animals and evolution of animal diversity. Study ecological interactions among animals and their physicochemical and biological environments.

Find out more about Frostburg State University’s wildlife and fisheries program requirements (PDF).

Also see: Frostburg State University's Master of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
              FSU's Master of Science in Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology

Career Outlook for Wildlife Biologists:

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, career positions for wildlife biologists are expected to increase by 5 percent through 2022, which is slower than the average growth across all occupations. Your participation in FSU’s program that focuses on the development of hands-on skills and conservation will give you an advantage in entering this fascinating field. For more information, visit zoologists and wildlife biologists and conservation scientists pages in the U.S. Government Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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