Fisheries and Wildlife

Fisheries and Wildlife

Department of Fisheries & Wildlife


Jim Schneider
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Phone: 517-353-9091


Fisheries and Wildlife management involves the maintenance and management of wild populations of fish and wildlife species and the ecosystems in which they live. Wild
populations cannot be managed without an understanding of how ecological, human, social, economic, political and behavioral considerations interact in the natural world. As a fisheries and wildlife major at MSU, students will acquire basic knowledge in the application of these interactions between and among the natural and social sciences.

The Fisheries and Wildlife undergraduate program provides a strong base in the foundational and applied sciences of natural resource management. The program is designed to develop understanding of the cultural, recreational, and economic values of biological resources.

Employment is generally found with state and federal natural resource agencies such as the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service. There are excellent job opportunities with private companies, non-profit organizations, and colleges and universities.

Students choose one of the following concentrations:

• Conservation Biology – focus on the science of analyzing and protecting the earth’s biological diversity.
• Fisheries Biology and Management – research and management of fish, other freshwater and marine organisms, and the ecosystems that sustain them.
• Wildlife Biology and Management – understanding and management of terrestrial habitats and animals including game, non-game, and endangered species.
• Water Sciences – study of the biological, physical, chemical, geological and hydrological aspects of lakes and ponds, rivers and streams, wetlands and groundwaters including water quality, protection, and restoration of water resources around the Great lakes and the world.
• Fish and Wildlife Disease Ecology and Management – understand the emergence and spread of infectious diseases and the likely consequences that increased contact between fish and wildlife, and domestic animal and human populations have on these environmental problems.
• Pre-Veterinary Studies – designed for students interested in continuing their studies in veterinary medicine.

Core areas of study

• Ecology and management
• Ecological problem solving
• Population analysis and management
• Ecosystem management
• Fisheries and Wildlife laboratories

Supporting discipline areas

• Biological, physical and earth science
• Math and statistics
• Communication and writing
• Ethics and philosophy
• Internships and research

Career opportunities

Conservation Officer
Environmental Consultant
Wetland Monitoring Assistant
Fisheries/Wildlife Technician
Fish Hatchery Manager
Water Quality Specialist
Land Management Planner
Fisheries/Wildlife Biologist

Study abroad opportunities

Fiji – Integrating Ecosystems and Human Dimensions in the Face of Climate Change
Greece and Turkey – Environmental Science and Policy in the Eastern Mediterranean Basin
Madagascar – Paradise in Peril? Exploring Madagascar’s Biodiversity Crisis
South Africa – Conservation and Biodiversity in Parks and Nature Preserves
Antarctica – Studies in Antarctic System Science

Course listing

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