Fisheries and Wildlife (B.S.)

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.

Majoring in Fisheries and Wildlife is also a path to pre-veterinary graduate studies.

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Core areas of study include:

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

In addition to the core areas, students select a concentration to customize the program based on individual interests.

Concentrations include:

Learn more about requirements and courses in Fisheries and Wildlife.

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Fisheries and Wildlife Graduates

See career outcomes for MSU fisheries and wildlife graduates, including salaries, top employers and employment locations.

Career Opportunities

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 also excellent job opportunities with private companies, non-profit organizations, and colleges and universities.

Fisheries and Wildlife prepares students for a variety of career paths:

  • Conservation officer.
  • Environmental consultant.
  • Wetland monitoring assistant.
  • Fisheries/wildlife technician.
  • Fish hatchery manager.
  • Water quality specialist.
  • Land management planner.
  • Fisheries/wildlife biologist.

Faculty members and advisors maintain close relationships with natural resource agencies which can help with internships, scholarships and employment opportunities.

Student Stories

MSU student Kailee Pearson in a kayak sampling wild rice vegetation.

MSU student focuses her biology and natural resources career path with internship

October 11, 2021

Fisheries and wildlife student Kailee Pearson worked as a field technician in the Upper Peninsula with the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians’ wildlife program over the summer.

Student-led bird banding innovation spearheads continuation of data collection despite COVID-19

March 16, 2021

Two fisheries and wildlife undergraduate students, Hannah Landwerlen and Evan Griffis, designed and built a box that allows bird banding to be performed safely during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Fisheries and Wildlife Advisor

Schedule advising appointments online. (More details: MSU Student Information System resources.)

Read more about academic advising in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

Student Life

In addition to student jobs and internships, there are education abroad and undergraduate research opportunities.

There are also a variety of student clubs and organizations including:

  • MSU Fisheries & Wildlife Club.
  • MSU Fishing Club.
  • Leadership in Environment and Agricultural Fields.
  • Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences.

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Natural Resources Majors