Fish and Wildlife Conservation Classes and Schools

Keep reading to learn about fish and wildlife conservation classes. Learn about common courses and degree options at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Schools offering Biology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Undergraduate and graduate degrees are available in the fish and wildlife conservation field. These programs are mostly campus-based, but there are distance learning options. Students gain hands-on experience through field studies and internships.

Degrees Associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral
Classes Ecology, genetics, biology, wildlife management
Online Programs are available in a fully-online format

Where Can I Study Fish and Wildlife Conservation?

Classes in the field are available through degree programs in fish and wildlife conservation, ecology or management at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Programs are often housed in natural resources, environmental studies and ecology departments at colleges and universities around the country. While generally campus-based, degree programs offered by the rare school allow for completion of online courses.

Many wildlife conservation programs are available at schools that are located near natural wildlife habitats and other ecological resources where you can undertake field studies and conduct research. You may want to seek out schools located in these types of settings, as well as those with access to agricultural facilities, such as fisheries or farmland.

The following schools offer fish and wildlife conservation classes:

  • Hocking College (Nelsonville, OH)
  • Haywood Community College (Clyde, NC)
  • Oregon State University (Corvallis)
  • American Military University (Charles Town, WV)
  • North Carolina State University (Raleigh)
  • University of Florida (Gainesville)
  • University of Massachusetts - Amherst

What Kind of Classes Can I Take?

Program coursework often involves the science behind wildlife conservation. A number of classes have a fieldwork component. You may also take courses in areas such as:

  • Natural resource law and policy
  • Landscape ecology
  • Conservation genetics
  • Dendrology
  • Ornithology
  • Conservation biology
  • Botany
  • Habitat management
  • Natural resource sampling
  • Wildlife population analysis

What Degrees Can I Earn?

Associate's degree programs in fish and wildlife conservation are found at 2-year community colleges. Coursework will prepare you to work in a technician capacity in the conservation of fish and wildlife resources. You'll learn to identify different wildlife, fish and plant species and become familiar with habitat and population sampling, field surveys, capture and radio telemetry.

What About Bachelor's Degrees?

Bachelor's degree programs include advanced coursework in conservation practices and methodology. Some of these 4-year programs separate the curriculum for wildlife and fishery conservation, so you may be required to choose a concentration between the two. You may also be expected to complete a summer field research program or professional internship before you graduate.

What About Graduate Degrees?

Master's and doctoral degree programs in wildlife and fish conservation are intensive, research-oriented courses of study that can take two years or upwards of six years to complete, respectively. While traditional graduate programs require you to complete an original research thesis or dissertation in your area of study, some schools also offer professional master's degree programs that do not; these types of programs are designed for students who work full-time, so they can also be completed on a flexible schedule.

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