Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Undergraduate Program
Balancing the needs of wildlife with the needs of people. That's what conservation and wildlife management are all about.
Through research that might require netting fish, banding birds or trapping mammals, skilled professionals find the best way to strike that balance.
If you're interested in conserving wildlife habitat, protecting endangered species, and learning to manage wild fish and animal populations, then a career in fisheries and wildlife is right for you.
A bachelor's of science degree in fisheries and wildlife from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) will provide you with all the skills you'll need to succeed in a wide variety of fisheries
and wildlife careers.
You can individualize your degree to fit the career field that most interests you. Some fisheries and wildlife careers you might consider include:
- Conservation biologists often are employed by state and federal agencies, such as the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or the National Park Service. They are responsible for managing wildlife habitat in conservation areas, fisheries, wildlife preserves, and state and national forests.
- Environmental consultants work for some of the nation's largest and most respected private companies. Their job is to ensure the needs of fish and wildlife are accounted for when decisions involving wildlife habitat are made. Environmental consultants also work for private conservation groups such as Ducks Unlimited and the National Wild Turkey Federation, providing them with the expertise they need to fulfill their respective conservation missions.
- Environmental educators also find employment with state and federal agencies, as well as public schools. They foster an appreciation for wildlife and natural resources among the public and teach young and old alike about the importance of conservation and habitat preservation.
As a fisheries and wildlife student, your chances to gain real-world field experience through research and
internships are as diverse as the ecosystems you'll study. And you won't have to travel far. There are many opportunities for research internships right here in Missouri, which is ranked third in the nation in conservation spending.
State agencies and MU faculty members often hire seasonal or part-time technicians for research projects, as do graduate and doctoral students. These experiences will provide you with the skills that will open doors to future employment.
Opportunities include laboratory analysis and data entry in the state-of-the-art Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building; mammal and fish population evaluation at the Thomas S. Baskett Wildlife Research and Education Center; water quality sampling in lakes throughout the state; and bird census data gathering at the Missouri Department of Conservation Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area.