Fisheries and Wildlife

Department of Fisheries & Wildlife


Mr. Jim Schneider
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Phone: 517-353-9091

Imagine yourself studying fish populations on the shores of a remote lake in Oregon, investigating wild turkeys in Missouri, examining elk in Michigan, or teaching the secrets of our country’s national parks and forests to eager, excited children.

Perhaps you’re interested in pollution and environmental implications, public health or environmental policy. All of this is possible in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Students majoring in fisheries and wildlife typically prepare for professional careers as fisheries and wildlife managers, biologists, naturalists and applied ecologists. However, graduates may also pursue related career opportunities as conservation officers, environmental consultants or administrators with federal, state and private agencies and organizations concerned with environmental management.

Whether you’re more comfortable working in a busy office or out in the wilderness, there’s a place for you in Fisheries and Wildlife.

Within Fisheries and Wildlife, students can concentrate their studies in:
• Conservation Biology
• Fisheries Biology and Management
• Wildlife Biology and Management
• Water Sciences
• Fish and Wildlife Disease Ecology and Management
• Pre-Veterinary Studies
• Analytical Foundations of Fisheries and Wildlife Biology

Additionally, students can specialize in:
• Conservation and Environmental Law Enforcement
• Marine Ecosystems Management
• Science, Technology, Environment, and Public Policy

The Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife awards 10 undergraduate scholarships annually totalling more than $30,000.

To see courses required for this major, visit the Fisheries and Wildlife major listing in the MSU course catalog.

Career Opportunities
Conservation Officer
State Park Explorer Guide
Wetland Monitoring Assistant
Fisheries/Wildlife Technician
Fish Hatchery Manager
Water Quality Specialist
Land Management Planner
Fisheries/Wildlife Biologist

A sampling of companies hiring MSU grads
Department of Natural Resources
Michigan Department of Agriculture
Bureau of Land Management
National Park Service
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services
Pheasants Forever
Santa Barbara Zoo
Ingham County Conservation District
Ducks Unlimited
Shedd Aquarium
USDA APHIS Wildlife Services
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
U.S. Forest Service

Study Abroad Opportunities
Greece and Turkey
South Africa