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.

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