About This Degree
USU is the only university in the state with a college devoted to the study of natural resources, and in the wildlife ecology and management major students have the opportunity to study with nationally renowned faculty and gain hands-on field work and research experience.
Wildlife ecology and management includes the analysis, management, conservation, and restoration of forests, rangeland ecosystems, and their associated wildlife populations. The wildlife ecology and management major at USU emphasizes the ecology, behavior, conservation, and management of wildlife populations and communities in terrestrial ecosystems.
What You Will Learn
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.
At a Glance
College: S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources
Department: Wildland Resources Department
BS: Logan (Main Campus), Price (USU Eastern), Roosevelt (Uintah Basin), Vernal (Uintah Basin)
Career And Outcomes
With a degree in wildlife ecology and management, 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
Office: NR 120
Phone: (435) 797-2473
In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the wildlife ecology and management 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.
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