The Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences degree (B.A., or B.S.) prepares you for careers in wildlife and fisheries management with state and federal agencies, conservation organizations, graduate school, and in environmental consulting. Graduates are qualified for federal positions with agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Geological Survey and others. Common conservation organizations include Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Delta Waterfowl, and The Nature Conservancy. The degree also prepares you for higher academic degrees. The curriculum allows you to meet the certification requirements of the American Fisheries Society and The Wildlife Society. You have the choice of majoring in the Fisheries Option, Wildlife Option or both.
Multiple field trips involving hands-on experience are taken in all wildlife and fisheries classes. Faculty strongly encourage students to get summer work experience through fisheries and wildlife internships, and actively help students obtain those summer positions. Most students have worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, or for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Internships provide you with great practical experience and make our graduates more competitive in the job market. Guest lecturers from various agencies often visit classrooms to lecture on management issues or discuss employment opportunities.