Welcome to the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology.
We apply traditional and emerging scientific methods to understand the ecology of fish and wildlife and the communities they inhabit. We apply this knowledge to help make more informed conservation and management decisions as well as to further society’s understanding of the structure and function of ecological systems. We strive for excellence in research, teaching and outreach with our efforts focused on the diverse ecosystems of the American Southwest as well as on issues occurring nationally and internationally.
Please explore our academic programs and the research that our faculty and students are conducting in the field and laboratory.
The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology offers undergraduate programs leading to three Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees. These degree programs prepare students for a career in conservation and the management of fish, wildlife and their habitats. Each of the programs requires classwork, including labs and field experiences, as well as internships to enhance student preparedness for employment or graduate school. Students can choose from the following degree programs:
Bachelor of Science in Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology with an option in Aquatic Ecology and Management.
Bachelor of Science in Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology with an option in Wildlife Ecology and Management.
Bachelor of Science in Conservation Ecology.
All students are encouraged to meet regularly with their advisors to discuss their class schedules, their progress towards a degree, and upcoming class options Students enrolled in these programs are also encouraged to obtain minors in other disciplines. Students interested in pursuing graduate or veterinary school should contact their advisor to discuss the most appropriate degree and to tailor their degree plan, as depending on career interests one major may be more suitable than the other and particular coursework may be a prerequisite.
The Bachelor of Science in Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology with an option in Aquatic Ecology and Management, and the Bachelor of Science in Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology with an option in Wildlife Ecology and Management are similar programs that differ primarily in the extent to which higher-level classes required emphasize aquatic or wildlife areas of study. The programs are also designed to facilitate certification as a wildlife biologist by the Wildlife Society or as a fisheries biologist by the American Society of Fisheries. Such certification by professional organizations may enhance career opportunities with federal or state agencies.
The Bachelor of Science in Conservation Ecology is a degree program offered jointly with the Department of Biology. The goal of this program is to train students for the current and future challenges that we face in the conservation and wise use of Earth's natural resources. An overriding principle of the program is to provide a solid foundation in the basic sciences coupled with a practical approach towards sustainability and stewardship. The curriculum encompasses several disciplines and includes a wide variety of courses from Biology, Fish, Wildlife & Conservation Ecology, Geography, Geology, Government, and Range Science.