Undergraduate Majors

The dramatic increase in the human population necessitates the need for wildlife and people to coexist in a much better fashion. Given this challenge, the demand for wildlife biologists has never been greater. The study of entomology and wildlife remains critical to sustaining the ecological balance of nature. Nationally, this explains why the USDA says that there are approximately two jobs for every one graduate of a college of agriculture and natural resources. We prepare our students to study a variety of wildlife through many hands-on techniques designed to manage wetlands, understand complex ecosystems, save endangered species, evaluate the effects of commercial exploitation, and much more…

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Students in this major are curious about how wild things work…and the role they play in our world. From insects to birds, reptiles to mammals, algae to oaks, the Wildlife Conservation major examines all non-domesticated living things and the challenges they face sharing the planet with humans. Conserving biodiversity is the underlying theme of our program, with its unique blend of lectures, labs and field trips.

Insect Ecology and Conservation
Insect Ecology and Conservation is the study of the most abundant creatures on Earth—insects—and their interactions with other wildlife, humans, and the environment. Students in this major wonder how and why insects do what they do. They use this curiosity to try and figure out how to reduce negative effects of insects on humans without negatively affecting other life forms. Looking at insects’ structure, function and behavior, entomology majors spend much time in lab and in the field, which are both part of this challenging, biology-based curriculum.

Ecology
Ecology is the interdisciplinary scientific study of the interactions among organisms and their environment so you will study the planet earth and the interactions of its inhabitants (plants, animals, and the physical environment). As such, it is concerned with the network of relationships among small –scale biological systems such as organisms, complex interacting systems such as ecosystems, and the physical and other non-biological aspects of their environment.

Minors in Entomology and Wildlife Conservation are also offered.