B.S., Wildlife Biology and Conservation

B.S. Degree

The Wildlife Biology and Conservation B.S. program prepares students for a career focused on the study and management of wild animal populations and their habitats. Career paths include wildlife agency administration, development and implementation of management plans, and communication about wildlife to the public. The wildlife program also provides a solid foundation for further study at the graduate level. The curriculum meets requirements for certification as a Wildlife Biologist by The Wildlife Society. 

The geographic location of the university is particularly advantageous for the study of wildlife biology. Alaska contains vast areas of wilderness with intact ecosystems housing large populations of vertebrate herbivores and predators. Spruce forest, aspen-birch forest, alpine tundra, bogs, and several types of aquatic habitats are within easy reach of UAF. Farther afield, studies can be conducted in other habitats, from the dense forests of southeastern Alaska to Arctic tundra.

Wildlife biology students at UAF may interact with the personnel of the Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, the Institute of Arctic Biology, and several local offices of the federal and state conservation agencies. Opportunities for summer fieldwork assisting government agencies and university researchers arise frequently, providing a valuable opportunity to gain experience and to make job connections.

Minimum Requirements for Wildlife Biology and Conservation Degree: 120 credits

Learn more about the bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology and conservation, including an overview of the program, career opportunities and more.

College of Natural Science and Mathematics
Department of Biology and Wildlife