This option is designed for students preparing to do graduate work or to seek full-time
employment in this field. Employment can be found with national and state conservation
and resource management agencies, park services, environmental consulting agencies,
zoological parks, botanical gardens, and publish health facilities, among others.
Faculty advisors in this area have on-going research programs and involve students
in their research. Students participate in external internships with the Missouri
Department of Conservation and other agencies. In addition students in wildlife and
conservation biology have many opportunities to conduct, present, and publish research
with biology faculty..
Wildlife and Conservation Biology students will…
- Meet with their advisor each semester to assess their progress towards admission to
a professional school.
- Take a core of courses that prepares them in any area of biology.
- Take rigorous coursework in ecology, plant biology, and animal biology, which prepares
them for advanced study or employment.
- Select additional option courses in management of wildlife populations, management
of wildlife habitat, conservation biology, and wetlands ecology and management
- Complete 80 hours (for 2 credit hours) of experiential learning, usually in field
studies or internships.
- Complete additional coursework in geology and mathematics to qualify them for wildlife
certification after they graduate.
- Attend classes in the renovated Magill Hall building furnished with modern equipment.
- Have access to the Miller Reserve Wetlands Restoration project, the Kelso Wildlife
Sanctuary, and the Reis Biological Research Station.