Bachelors Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences
Our 14,000-acre lakeside campus and devoted faculty provide unique, hands-on opportunities to survey fish and wildlife populations. From their first semester, our students engage in activities such as small mammal trapping, fish sampling and identification, bird capture and banding, wildlife habitat assessments and amphibian ecology studies. Students will develop their ecological acumen as well as cognitive, social and scientific skills to identify, objectively analyze and problem solve management issues in the wildlife and fisheries disciplines. Coursework is designed to meet the biologist certification requirements of the American Fisheries Society or The Wildlife Society. Additional skills and opportunities include:
Developing technical knowledge and skills such as species identification, calculating population size, live trapping and tagging.
Focusing on longstanding and emerging issues such as invasive species, habitat fragmentation and degradation, climate change and more.
Working directly with faculty on professionally relevant fisheries and wildlife research.
Minoring in Geographic Information Systems (G.I.S.).
Collaborating with the Adirondack Watershed Institute on research, citizen outreach and hands-on stewardship to preserve water quality and combat invasive species.
Participating in the Smitty Creek Watershed long-term monitoring and research project.
Graduating ready to operate within real-world conditions.
With their friendly demeanor, diverse backgrounds and desire for student success, our faculty understand that this degree is a stepping stone to your career. As such, they are diligent in assisting students to receive an extracurricular education through summer field experiences and in-semester experiences, often through the student chapters of The American Fisheries Society and The Wildlife Society (T.W.S.). Students actively participate alongside wildlife professionals in TWS conclaves and meetings, venturing to places throughout North America. The degree is offered within a standard eight-semester sequence, providing flexibility for summer employment, internships and study abroad. Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences is a challenging program requiring students to be proficient in science and math as a foundation for conducting research.
Pairs well with the following minors:
Fisheries technician, biologist or manager
Wildlife technician, biologist or manager
Public educator and outreach specialist
Wildlife law enforcement officer
Wildlife policy analyst
Program Core Requirements
Intro to Fisheries and Wildlife Management
Natural History of North American Vertebrates
Fisheries Science Concentration (core)
Stream Ecology Management
Fisheries Biology and Management
Biological Science Electives
Human Dimension Electives
Wildlife Science Concentration (core)
Zoology Electives (Ornithology, Mammalogy, Herpetology)
Techniques in Wildlife Management
Physical Science Electives
Policy, Administration Law Electives
Wildlife Biology Electives