Wildlife Ecology and Management: BS
USU is the only university in the state with a college devoted to the study of natural resources, and in the wildlife science major students have the opportunity to study with nationally renowned faculty and gain hands-on field work and research experience. Wildlife science includes the analysis, management, conservation, and restoration of forests, rangeland ecosystems, and their associated wildlife populations. The wildlife science major at USU emphasizes the ecology, behavior, conservation, and management of wildlife populations and communities in terrestrial ecosystems.
Students study biology, ecology, chemistry, math, plant and animal ecology, rangeland ecosystems, and how to measure and manage vegetation. The department also promotes a particular focus on current issues and concerns in natural resources, such as climate change, endangered species, restoration of sagebrush steppe systems and other landscapes, and human-wildlife conflict.
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In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the wildlife science program has additional requirements:
- Freshmen: New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major.
- Transfer Students: Transfer students from other institutions or from other USU majors need a 2.5 total GPA for admission.
International students have additional admissions requirements.
This degree is offered through Utah State University Regional Campuses and follows the USU Regional Campus tuition schedule. See Tuition & Payment for more information.
With a degree in wildlife science, students may be qualified for the following careers:
- Wildlife biologist
- Conservation officer for state and federal agencies such as the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, etc.
- Environmental consulting firms
- Private industry and landowners
- Nonprofit environmental organizations
- Ecological assistant
- Park ranger
- Nature educator
- Environmental trainer
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