Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences

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offered in forestry and fisheries & wildlife

Conservation and wildlife management professionals balance the needs of wildlife with the needs of people. Through research that might require netting fish, banding birds or trapping mammals, skilled professionals find the best way to strike that balance. This degree combines your interests in conserving wildlife habitat, protecting endangered species and learning to manage wild fish and animal populations.

Career Opportunities

Acquire the ability to balance the needs of wildlife and people while earning your fisheries and wildlife degree from Mizzou’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

This degree will prepare you for a variety of careers, including:

  • Wildlife Biology
  • Conservation
  • National Park Service
  • Fisheries Research
  • Angler Education
  • Zoo & Aquarium Management
  • Furbearer Research
  • Marina Management
  • Field Research
  • Wildlife Preserve Management

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State and federal agencies, such as the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, or the National Park Service, employ fisheries and wildlife biologists. You can help manage wildlife habitat in conservation areas, fisheries, wildlife preserves, and state and national forests.

Environmental Consulting

Learn how to ensure fish and wildlife needs are accounted for when habitat decisions are made. Environmental consultants work for some of the nation’s largest and most respected private companies and private conservation groups, such as Ducks Unlimited and the National Wild Turkey Federation, providing them with the expertise they need to fulfill their respective conservation missions.

Environmental Education

You can help foster an appreciation for wildlife and natural resources among the public and teach the importance of conservation and habitat preservation to future conservationists.

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State and federal agencies: Missouri Department of Conservation, National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Zoos and aquariums: Monterey Bay Aquarium, Alaska SeaLife Center, St. Louis Zoo, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, Dickerson Park Zoo

Veterinarians and wildlife rescue organizations: Rock Bridge Animal Hospital, Endangered Wolf Center, National Tiger Sanctuary, Wildlife Rescue Center

Core Areas of Study

  • Animal Population Dynamics and Management
  • Ecology
  • Ecosystem Management
  • Biology of Fishes, Mammals and Birds

Major requirements for Fisheries and Wildlife degree

Courses for Fisheries and Wildlife degree

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Dual Degree Option

A dual degree in forestry can supplement a fisheries and wildlife degree. Along with coursework in fisheries and wildlife, this dual degree option requires courses in forestry that will build a strong foundation in understanding the science of the plants and animals living in the forest environment, giving you a knowledge base of the whole ecosystem.

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Clubs & Organizations

  • Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences Society
  • The Wildlife Society
  • MU Raptor Rehabilitation Project
  • Herpetological Society