This bachelor’s degree program gets you out of doors and into the natural habitat. Built on a broad core of courses focused on the biology and ecology of fish and wildlife, the curriculum applies knowledge from many fields to the study and management of the environment. You’ll gain a greater understanding of the physical, chemical and geological sciences, along with a working knowledge of mathematics and statistics.
As a student you will learn various techniques and philosophies of fisheries and wildlife management in order to design, analyze and interpret environmental information and data.
Exceptional resources, including a building equipped with a computer lab, animal rooms, greenhouse, herbarium and vertebrate teaching museum will enhance your understanding of the field as well as the practical application of scientific theories and how to apply the scientific method with inquiry-based investigations. Extensive field opportunities, including internships and undergraduate research projects contribute to your knowledge of the field and connect you to future employers.
Academic societies and clubs, including Beta Beta Beta, the national honor society for biological sciences, the student chapter of the Wildlife Society, the American Fisheries Society, the Sustainability Club, the Bass Fishing Club and the Biology Club further enhance your student experience.
The median annual wage for zoologists and wildlife biologists was $64,650 in 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
This statewide cooperative works with landowners to improve water quality and wildlife habitats and provides hands-on management and research opportunities for students.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more zoologists and wildlife biologists will be needed to study the impact that human population growth and development has on wildlife and its natural habitats. Americans’ increasing demand for outdoor recreation and open space, as well as fish for the table, has resulted in a steady increase in the need for qualified aquatic ecologists and fisheries scientists. As energy demands intensify, individuals with this degree will be needed to better manage the nation’s renewable natural resources.
Jobs for wildlife and fishery biologists can be found in private industry (e.g., consulting firms), in state agencies such as the Pennsylvania Game and Fish commissions and in federal organizations such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.