With more than 7,500 wildlife strikes reported a year in the United States alone, aircraft and airport wildlife issues have captured national media attention and illuminated the risk of unmitigated wildlife. Students who have interest in wildlife biology, environmental science, and working in the outdoors should explore this growing, rewarding, and promising career field.
Embry-Riddle's Prescott Campus offers the only undergraduate Environmental Science degree in North America with an aviation and aerospace focus. The aviation and aerospace industry has the greatest need of professionals who are trained to manage the increasingly complex web of problems associated with environmental issues. The Wildlife Science program at Prescott is designed to give graduates the knowledge and technical skills needed to confront the wildlife issue that affects airport and flight safety.
The core curriculum and program requirements in Wildlife Science are designed to give students fundamental science knowledge and demonstrate the ways in which business, economics, and geography integrate with environmental aspects of their future careers.
Wildlife Science students will also gain hands-on experience through the completion of a co-op in the aviation and environmental industry. Students also have the option of completing independent research under faculty guidance in a special area of interest.
The Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Science degree is housed in the Department of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences.
The Wildlife Science program requires 120 credits to complete. Students in the program will complete 40 credit hours in biology, 8 credit hours in chemistry, and 7 credits in Physics. The remaining credit hours will be completed with courses from the general education offerings, including several courses in math and communication.