Why Fisheries and Wildlife at MSU?



  • USA TODAY's College Factual recently ranked MSU one of the 10 best colleges for studying natural resources and conservation.

  • The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University is professionally recognized among the top 10 such departments in the nation.

  • There are nearly 50 faculty members in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife with a breadth of expertise and interests in fish and wildlife.

  • Many of our faculty are nationally recognized and considered among the best.

  • More Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries and Wildlife Division employees have graduated from Michigan State University than from any other program.



  • Michigan State University's fisheries and wildlife program is in the forefront of teaching management, policy, conflict resolution, resource economics, and other aspects of the public dimension, as well as the traditional fish and wildlife biology and ecology.

  • National and internationally recognized scientists visit the department and present seminars regularly.

  • Our friendly faculty are interested in the best education for each student.

  • All of our courses are taught by department faculty.

  • A large diversity of courses allows students to specialize their programs in areas such as aquaculture, aquatic biology, water quality, forestry, resource economics, conservation law enforcement, environmental education, marine ecosystem management, conservation biology, wildlife biology and management.



  • Fisheries and Wildlife Club

  • Fishing Club

  • Students also have the opportunity and are encouraged to attend regional and national professional meetings, such as the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference or the Annual Conference of the American Fisheries Society or The Wildlife Society, in addition to meetings of the Michigan chapters of the American Fisheries Society and The Wildlife Society.

  • Experiential opportunities are available for undergraduates to work with faculty and graduate students during the school year.



  • Fisheries and Wildlife Web-based employment resources

  • Fisheries and Wildlife e-mail job boards keep students informed of current openings

  • National and international alumni networks that identify job openings

  • National reputation of department provides backing for students.

  • Faculty contacts and program reputation help students get into jobs and high-quality graduate programs throughout the nation.



  • State, regional, national and international research projects and opportunities.

    Examples of some of our current projects:

    • Community Participation in Natural Resources Management in Malawi (Africa)

    • Moose Population Assessment in Michigan

    • Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnakes in Southwestern Lower Michigan

    • Great Lakes Sea Lamprey Populations

    • Classification of Panda Habitats (China)

    • Macroinvertebrate Fauna of SE Alaskan Streams

    • Water Quality and Public Health Risk in the Great Lakes

  • Research projects provide employment and experience opportunities for our undergraduates.

  • Provides real life, modern examples for course interaction.

  • Field research stations throughout Michigan (Ludington and Dunbar on the Great Lakes; Kellogg Biological Station; WaWaSum on the AuSable River; Pigeon River elk area; Rose Lake Game Area; and Lake City pond facility).



  • Graduate students from many nations provide exposure for U.S. students and add a global dimension.

  • Our faculty have visited more than 20 other nations and have contacts and interactions with scientists in those countries.

  • Our department and faculty are leaders in developing study abroad courses.  We currently have opportunities to study fisheries or wildlife in such places as Antarctica, Egypt, Fiji, Madagascar, the Mediterranean, Nicaraqua, and South Africa.


Fisheries and wildlife is likely the right major for you, if you say things like ...

  • I'm interested in the environment

  • I'm interested in sustainability; or sustainable management

  • I want to work outside

  • I like to fish; I like to hunt

  • I want to protect tigers, wolves, grizzlies, etc.

  • I want to be a wildlife biologist; I want to be a fisheries biologist

  • I want to work for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

  • I want to work for the Fish and Wildlife Service, or the National Park Service

  • I'm interested in conservation biology

  • I want to work with endangered species

  • I'm interested in marine biology

  • I'm interested in working with wetlands and waterfowl

  • I want to be a conservation officer, or a game warden

  • I'm interested in environmental education

  • I want to work at a nature center

  • I'm interested in wildlife rehabilitation


  • "Environmental Sustainability" seems to be the popular trend right now, but sustainability is nothing new to the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

  • We've been addressing the sustainable needs of our natural resources since the department was formed in 1950

  • The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife strives to meet the global challenges that threaten the sustainability of our ecosystems.

  • The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife has been researching, teaching, and outreaching effective management tools and methods that address the ecological sustainability of our fish and wildlife populations, and have been doing so long before "sustainability" became popular.


If you would like more information about the Fisheries and Wildlife program at Michigan State University, please call our Academic Advising Center at 517-353-9091, e-mail us at fwadvise@msu.edu or write us at Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Natural Resources Building, 480 Wilson Road, Room 40, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824.

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