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:

  • Conservation Biology.
  • Wildlife Biology and Management.
  • Fisheries Biology and Management.
  • Water Sciences.
  • Fish and Wildlife Disease Ecology and Management.
  • Pre-Veterinary Track.

Learn more about requirements and courses in Fisheries and Wildlife.

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Fisheries and Wildlife Graduates

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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-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.

So-Jung Youn

Youn accepted to marine policy fellowship

July 21, 2020

So-Jung Youn, a PhD candidate in the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, receives a John A Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship.

Fisheries and Wildlife Advisor

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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

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  • Environmental Studies and Sustainability (B.S.)

    Environmental Studies and Sustainability examines resource use and allocation through the lenses of community engagement, sustainability and environmental justice.

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