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A degree in wildlife biology prepares students with the skills and knowledge necessary to understand and observe the behavior of wildlife in their natural habitats. A student wishing to study wildlife biology will learn about ecosystems and study how animals act and react in that system. Many programs will incorporate classroom education with field experience and laboratory work. The study of wildlife biology requires an understanding of a cross section of disciplines, including biology, ecology and psychology. Degrees are available at the bachelor, master and doctoral level, with entry level positions available to bachelor degree holders. Master degree holders will have more options, and a master's degree is typically necessary for research positions. A doctoral degree will allow an individual to obtain supervisory positions as well as teaching opportunities.

A curriculum in wildlife biology may include:

  • Ecology
  • Ornithology
  • Chemistry
  • Behavioral Psychology
  • Wildlife management

There are multiple careers available to wildlife biology majors. These careers typically involve the care and maintenance of animals and their natural environment, typically through conservation programs. Local, state and federal governments are the primary employers, utilizing wildlife biologists to ensure the safety and cleanliness of parks and wildlife reserves.

Private firms, typically involved in land development may also hire wildlife biologists to reduce the impact of such development on the environment. Research programs, both publically and privately funded, may also employ wildlife biologists to conduct analyses and observation on various animals and their behaviors. Conservationist groups through non-governmental organizations may also provide employment opportunities internationally.

Individuals entering the field of wildlife biology should expect to work through various internships in order to garner practical experience prior to finding permanent work. Job opportunities are expected to grow over the next decade as the interest to preserve and maintain wildlife and ecosystems increases. Job availability on the government level is subject to change yearly based on available budgets.

The average salary of a wildlife biologist will vary based on degree, employer, and field:

  • Federal Employee - $71,000 per year
  • Researcher - $64,000 per year
  • State Employee - $52,000 per year
  •  Management and Consulting - $50,000 per year

Individuals interested in wildlife biology may also be interested in zoology, animal physiology, or entomology. 

Colleges that Offer Wildlife Biology by Number of Graduates

Listed below are the most popular schools in the U.S. that have wildlife biology programs. Schools can be filtered by clicking the drop-down menu below and selecting a state.

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Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO

Colorado State University (CSU) is a leading public research university located in Fort Collins, Colorado. CSU is named as the "university of choice" for residents of Colorado. The university offers more than 150 programs of study and 55 departments in eight colleges. It...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $8,649
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (970) 491-1101

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B,M,D)
  • Biomedical Science (B,M,D)
  • Biochemistry (B,M,D)
  • Botany (B,M,D)

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Syracuse, NY

SUNY-ESF provides a variety of educational opportunities for students to guide them in their growth and development. The school is located in Syracuse, New York and publically funded. Enrollment at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is nearly 2,700 annually.Areas of study...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $6,593
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (315) 470-6500

Programs Offered

  • Wildlife Biology (B)

Unity College

Unity, ME

Unity College, a nonprofit private institution, offers a large number of program options, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Unity, Maine, the school resides in a rural setting for students to study in. The high teacher to student ratio and access to faculty...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $24,100
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: Less Than 1,000
  • Telephone: (207) 948-3131

Programs Offered

  • Wildlife Biology (B)

Utah State University

Logan, UT

Utah State University is a public institution located in Logan, Utah and provides a large number of educational opportunities for students. As a land grant institution this school is one of the larger public institutions in the state of Utah. USU is a large institution, enrolling approximately...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $5,940
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (435) 797-1000

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B,M,D)
  • Biochemistry (B,M,D)
  • Wildlife Biology (B,M,D)

University of Vermont

Burlington, VT

UVM is a public institution located in Burlington, Vermont and provides a large number of educational opportunities for students. As a land grant institution this school is among larger public institutions in the state of Vermont. Approximately fourteen thousand students are enrolled annually at...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $15,284
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (802) 656-3131

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B)
  • Biochemistry (B)
  • Molecular Biology (B)
  • Botany (B)

Texas State University

San Marcos, TX

Texas State University - San Marcos is an institution of secondary education located in Texas hill country, equidistance between Austin and San Antonio. The San Marcos River runs nearby the main campus of Texas State, which has abundant trees, making it a beautiful...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $7,732
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (512) 245-2111

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B)
  • Biochemistry (B)
  • Botany (B)
  • Microbiology (B)

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

University of Wyoming is a public institution that has a large selection of majors available for students to choose from. The school is located in Laramie, WY, in a predominately rural area. As a land grant institution this school is among larger public institutions in the state of Wyoming....

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $4,278
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (307) 766-1121

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B)
  • Molecular Biology (B)
  • Botany (B)

Brigham Young University

Provo, UT

Brigham Young University (BYU) is an institute of higher learning located in the beautiful mountain region of Provo, Utah.  It is dedicated to academic excellence and the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The university offers...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $4,710
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (801) 422-4636

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B)
  • Biochemistry (B)
  • Biophysics (B)
  • Molecular Biology (B)

Friends University

Wichita, KS

Friends University provides a variety of program options for students to aid them in their growth and development. The school is located in Wichita, Kansas and operated as a private institution. Approximately 2,800 students are enrolled annually at Friends University.A list of some of...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $22,500
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (316) 295-5000

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B)
  • Wildlife Biology (B)

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

Kansas State University (K-State) is a public research university. K-State has three campuses in Kansas: Manhattan Campus, Salina Campus and Olathe Campus, and offers more than 250 undergraduate majors. The K-State Graduate School at the Olathe Campus offers 65 master's...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $8,047
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (785) 532-6011

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B)
  • Biochemistry (B)
  • Plant Pathology, Phytopathology (B)
  • Microbiology (B)

West Texas A&M University

Canyon, TX

History West Texas A & M University is a public four year institution in Canyon, Texas. Established in 1910, WTAMU has gone through name and location changes and has had its share of controversy, yet has maintained its...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $6,308
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 5,000 to 9,999
  • Telephone: (806) 651-0000

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B)
  • Wildlife Biology (B)

Lees - McRae College

Banner Elk, NC

Lees - McRae College is a liberal arts college that offers an undergraduate education and helps students in developing important skills useful in pursuit of graduate education or employment. A liberal arts curriculum exposes students to a variety of topics and subjects. The school is located in...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $23,950
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: Less Than 1,000
  • Telephone: (828) 898-5241 x0

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B)
  • Wildlife Biology (B)
  • Zoology, Animal Biology (B)

Ohio University

Athens, OH

Ohio University (OHIO) is a national, public research university located in Athens, Ohio. U.S. News and World Report ranks Ohio University in the top 60 public national universities. It is ranked fourth in the nation by the Forbes ranking for its return on investment in...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $10,282
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (740) 593-1000

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B)
  • Botany (B)
  • Molecular Biology (B)
  • Microbiology (B)

Frostburg State University

Frostburg, MD

Frostburg State University provides a variety of program options for students to aid them in their growth and development. The school is located in Frostburg, Maryland and publically funded. FSU has an annual student enrollment of around five thousand.A list of some of the more popular...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $7,436
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 5,000 to 9,999
  • Telephone: (301) 687-4000

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B,M)
  • Botany, Plant Biology (B,M)
  • Wildlife Biology (B,M)

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND

University of North Dakota, a public institution, offers a large number of degree programs, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Grand Forks, ND, the school offers an urban setting for students to study in. Enrollment at UND is nearly 14,000...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $7,254
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 10,000 to 19,999
  • Telephone: (800) 225-5863

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B)
  • Biochemistry (B)
  • Anatomy (B)
  • Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology (B)

University of Michigan - Flint

Flint, MI

University of Michigan - Flint, a public institution, offers a variety of program options, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Flint, Michigan, the school resides in an urban setting for students to study in. University of Michigan - Flint has an annual student...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $9,028
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: 5,000 to 9,999
  • Telephone: (810) 762-3000

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B)
  • Biomedical Science (B)
  • Biochemistry (B)
  • Molecular Biology (B)

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ

Northern Arizona University (NAU) is one of three state universities in Arizona. It has a main campus located in Flagstaff, Arizona, and many statewide campuses and learning centers. NAU is a public, research university offering degrees at the bachelor's, master's and...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $9,272
  • Type: 4-Year Public College
  • Students Enrolled: More Than 20,000
  • Telephone: (928) 523-9011

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B)
  • Biomedical Science (B)
  • Biochemistry (B)
  • Botany (B)

Barton Community College

Great Bend, KS

About Barton Community College, located in Great Bend, Kansas, was founded in 1965 through a vote passed by residents of Barton County. The school was originally known as Barton County Community College,...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $2,784
  • Type: Community College
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (620) 792-2701

Programs Offered

  • Biology (A)
  • Wildlife Biology (A)

Hastings College

Hastings, NE

Hastings College is a liberal arts college that offers an undergraduate education and helps students in developing important skills useful in pursuit of graduate education or employment. A liberal arts curriculum exposes students to a variety of topics and subjects. The school is located in...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $24,900
  • Type: 4-Year Private College
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (402) 463-2402

Programs Offered

  • Biology (B)
  • Biochemistry (B)
  • Molecular Biochemistry (B)
  • Wildlife Biology (B)

Western Wyoming Community College

Rock Springs, WY

About Western Wyoming Community College, located in Rock Springs, Wyoming, is a public two year institution founded in 1959 as the fifth of seven community colleges located in the state. The school operates through a...

School Details

  • Tuition (In-State): $2,186
  • Type: Community College
  • Students Enrolled: 1,000 to 4,999
  • Telephone: (307) 382-1600

Programs Offered

  • Biology (A)
  • Wildlife Biology (A)

Source: IPEDS Survey 2008-2011: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.