Why Fisheries and Wildlife at MSU?


Nationally Recognized Program...


Leader in Academics...

  • Michigan State University's fisheries and wildlife program is on 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.

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

  • 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, and wildlife disease. 


Student Activities and Opportunities...

  • 900+ student organizations, including the Fisheries and Wildlife ClubFishing Club, Fly-Fishing Club, Birding Club, Herpetology Club, Outdoors ClubPre-Veterinary Medical Association and many more

  • Students are encouraged to attend regional and national professional meetings, such as the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, the Annual Conference of the American Fisheries Society and the Annual Conference of 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 part-time during the academic year and full-time during the summer. 

  • Undergraduates can also conduct their own independent research projects with the mentoring of a faculty member. 


Job Placement Assistance...

  • Fisheries and Wildlife maintains web-based employment resources.

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

  • Our national and international alumni networks identify job openings.

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


Exposure to Research...

  • Our faculty conduct research at state, regional, national and international levels, providing many opportunities for student involvement. 

  • Research projects provide volunteer and paid opportunities for our undergraduates.

  • Field research stations throughout Michigan provide additional opportunities for experiential learning and research experience. 


International Dimension...

  • Graduate students from many nations add a global dimension to our program.

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

  • Our department faculty are leaders in developing study abroad courses.  We currently have opportunities to study fisheries or wildlife in Antarctica, Fiji, Madagascar, the United Kingdom, Nicaragua, and South Africa.


Focus on Sustainability...

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

  • We strive to meet the global challenges that threaten the sustainability of our ecosystems.

  • The department 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.


Fisheries and Wildlife may be 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 and/or hunt

  • I want to protect wild animals

  • I want to be a wildlife or fisheries biologist

  • I want to be a college professor in the field of natural resources

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

  • I want to work for the US 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


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 or e-mail us at fwadvise@msu.edu.