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 Ecology and 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.

  • Outcomes: Graduates are prepared to enter the work force as wildlife technicians, park  rangers, environmental educators or environmental policy makers. Students that wish to strengthen their skills are well positioned to pursue graduate education in fields such as wildlife conservation, ecology, or conservation biology.
  • Structure: Building on a solid foundation of the biological sciences, students specialize in all aspects of wildlife ecology, conservation, physiology, taxonomy, policy, and human dimensions of wildlife. We have a hands-on curriculum where students learn by doing in both field based and laboratory classes.
  • Uniqueness: We are the only undergraduate program in our area where students meet the educational requirements to be certified as a Wildlife Biologist by the Wildlife Society at graduation and meets the Federal requirements for a wildlife biologist position. We are the only program in the country that integrates insects into a wildlife program preparing our students with a diverse set of career building skills. We have a small and dedicated faculty that work very closely with our students on a regular basis through undergraduate research, study abroad trips, in-class field trips, and local research opportunities.

Career Paths

State and federal wildlife biologist. Environmental educator. Park ranger. Environmental consulting. Wetlands ecologist and environmental lawyer. These careers and more are shared by our alumni. While some students enter the workforce right after college, others choose to further their education in graduate school, studying subjects like wildlife ecology, avian ecology, entomology, environmental education, and conservation biology. Whatever your goal, you will be encouraged to participate in our job-search workshops and career days, seek an internship, develop your communication skills, and learn to network with prospective employers. This, in addition to doing well academically, will greatly enhance your post-graduate opportunities.

For more information, visit the UD Online Catalog.

Visit the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Under ‘Academic Program Interest,’ select Wildlife Ecology and Conservation.

Contact our faculty to learn more.

Dr. Kyle McCarthy, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology