Wildlife/Fisheries Biology

Master of Science (M.S.)

Equip yourself with a future in biological research or scientific leadership.

Prepare for your career in wildlife and fisheries biology within the private or public sector at Frostburg State University. Through the 36-hour program you'll obtain certifications with professional organizations such as The Wildlife Society and the American Fisheries Society.

You'll focus your studies on one or more of the following areas: aquaculture, aquatic ecology, terrestrial ecology, conservation biology, management techniques, population biology, evolutionary ecology, aquatic toxicology, habitat analysis or systematics and systems modeling.



Wildlife/Fisheries Biology Program Highlights

  • Joint educational endeavor between FSU and the Center for Environmental Science’s nearby Appalachian Laboratory.

  • Use the exceptional scientific facilities available to graduate students on the FSU campus, including the mammalogy, ornithology, herpetology, ichthyology and forest ecology labs, microscopy complex, stream ecology lab, environmental lab, vertebrate museum collections and other such resources.

  • Be a part of faculty led international study trips, if desired.

  • Delaware students receive in-state resident tuition rates through the Academic Common Market agreement.

What can I do with a Wildlife/Fisheries Biology degree?


Median pay for zoologists and wildlife biologists scientist (BLS 2021)

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State and federal government agencies employ a high percentage of biologists in the wildlife and fisheries field though there are opportunities in the private sector as well. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, growth in this career field through 2022 is expected to be just 5 percent, which is lower than the average across all occupations. Many in this field go on to complete doctoral studies or gain positions as managers in research settings. For more information, visit (U.S. Government Occupational Outlook Handbook - Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists).

What You'll Learn

You'll study in small class sizes that allow for maximum interaction with class members and faculty who hold the highest degrees in their respective fields.

You'll take part in wildlife fieldwork and research where you will use information from your research methods and statistics courses, as well as complete extensive research that culminates in writing your master's thesis and presenting your work at a public seminar.

A Frostburg State education: more valuable than ever.

With nationally recognized academic programs, real-world learning experiences, a top-notch support system, and a thriving student life, Frostburg State is a place where you can discover yourself, define your goals, and prepare for your future.

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