Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology Bachelor of Science
Department of Fish/Wildlife/Conservation Biology
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OVERVIEW OF MAJOR
Are you looking for a way to apply your interest about wild animals, biology, and general science, and the environment to solve natural resource and conservation biology problems? Are you interested in solving conflicts that arise between wildlife and humans? Would you like to work with professionals from state, federal, and private organizations to help protect wildlife such as endangered species and restore their habitats? Do you have an interest in ecological research or the implementation of wildlife management to solve policy issues? Or do fish biology, fish behavior, and aquatic ecology fascinate you? Do you love to be outdoors and fishing? Would you like to manage a fishery? Would you like to work with professionals from a variety of disciplines to help protect fisheries and restore aquatic habitats? Do you wish to work in a program to rehabilitate endangered fish species? If you said “yes” to any of these questions then a major in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology may be for you.

A fish, wildlife, and conservation biology degree is a broad-based program with three concentrations: fisheries and aquatic sciences, wildlife biology, and conservation biology. Students take courses in general biology, vertebrate biology, botany, calculus, and statistics. A summer field training program at the Colorado State University Mountain Campus gives students an on-site, hands-on look at resource ecology and the measurement of its components.

Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences Concentration:
The fisheries and aquatic sciences concentration prepares students for careers in fish biology, fishery management, aquaculture, or aquatic ecology, fishery research, or graduate studies. The program is a nationally ranked program located in an ideal setting for the study of wildlife and resource management issues. The faculty is wide ranging in expertise, and innovative in teaching and research methods. Students also have access to a wide array of facilities, research and internship opportunities, and professional associations to further their studies, practical experience, and career potential.

The fishery biology curriculum provides a solid foundation in the natural sciences, plus specific requirements in organismal and suborganismal biology, aquatic ecology, fishery biology, and ecosystem management. Electives can be used for more in depth training in the following areas: Aquaculture, the propagation of fish, emphasizes fish culture, genetics, fish physiology, nutrition, microbiology, engineering and water quality; or fisheries management includes electives in aquatic ecology, watershed science, computer modeling, natural resources policy and public relations. Those interested in aquatic ecology or fish biology should select electives to obtain a broad background in math, chemistry, physics, and upper-division biology courses. Students are also required to complete at least 160 hours of employment related to fishery biology.

Wildlife Biology Concentration:
Wildlife biology prepares students for careers in wildlife conservation, ecology, management, research, conservation biology, and graduate studies. The CSU Wildlife Biology program is a nationally recognized program located in an ideal setting for the study of wildlife and resource management issues. The faculty is wide ranging in expertise, and innovative in teaching and research methods. A variety of topics can be studied such as ecology, vertebrate management, wildlife habitat, conservation biology, large mammals, wild bird management, biometrics, wildlife nutrition, public relations, design of wildlife studies, and human-wildlife interactions. To further their studies, practical experience, and career potential, students have access to a wide array of facilities, research and internship opportunities, and professional associations.

The wildlife biology curriculum includes key courses in the natural sciences such as general biology, botany, zoology, chemistry, physics, calculus, and statistics. Advanced topics involve integrated management of all natural resources, public relations in natural resources, computer applications, and advanced wildlife ecology and management. A program can be tailored to complete requirements for K-12 teacher licensure or to prepare for veterinary medicine, graduate school, or law school.

Conservation Biology Concentration:
The conservation biology concentration focuses on understanding the processes necessary to conserve biological diversity with an emphasis on fish and wildlife species. Conservation biology investigates the tremendous effects humans have on other species and ecosystems, and considers these effects, and how human impacts can be altered to sustain diverse and healthy ecosystems Conservation Biology encompasses a wide range of biological sciences such as genetics, evolution, and physiology, as well as a wide range of ecological sciences such as biodiversity, competition, predator/prey relations, and long-term dynamics.

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CHARACTERISTICS AND SKILLS
* Strong interest in fish and fisheries, wildlife, and ecology
* Strong interest in biological sciences
* Desire to understand fishery management principles
* Aptitude for natural sciences
* Strong analytical skills
* Enjoys working with physical things and in nature
* Organizational and decision making skills
* Prefers hands--on work
* Prefers working outdoors, in the field
* Organized and able to pay attention to detail
* Adaptable to changing conditions and environments
* Interest in policy formation and implementation
* Able to work in a team and independently
* Able to write and speak accurately and clearly
* Interest in data and policy analysis
* Able to integrate knowledge of a variety of concepts to obtain an holistic perspective
* Desire to understand wildlife management principles
* Physical stamina

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POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS
Federal and state agencies that manage natural resources offer most of the employment opportunities in fishery, wildlife and conservation biology. These agencies include the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, National Marine Fisheries Service and state departments of wildlife, fish and game, and natural resources. Along with a strong technical foundation, cooperation, speaking and writing skills are necessary to resolve difficult issues which natural resource personnel may face in the following areas: conservation education and interpretation, harvest management, administration, research, law enforcement, habitat enhancement, fishery and wildlife census, statistical analyses, and resolution of human-wildlife problems. Participation in internships, volunteer activities, or cooperative education opportunities is highly recommended to enhance your practical training and development. Wildlife biology is also excellent preparation for veterinary school. Graduates who go on for advanced studies can attain more responsible positions with the possibility of rising to top professional levels. Career occupations include but are not limited to:


* Wildlife biologist
* Conservation biologist
* Wildlife rehabilitation specialist
* Wildlife manager
* Research scientist/associate
* Fishery biologist
* Fishery manager
* Aquaculturist
* Aquatic ecologist
* Consultant
* Researcher
* Educator

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RELATED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
* American Fisheries Society
* Society for Conservation Biology
* Wildlife Society

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MORE INFORMATION
Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
136 Wagar, 1474 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1474
970-491-5020
http://welcome.warnercnr.colostate.edu/fwcb-home/index.php
* Academic and career advising for majors


Center for Advising and Student Achievement (CASA)
TILT Building
801 Oval Drive
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1033
970-491-7095
http://www.casa.colostate.edu
* Academic advising/Major exploration


Career Center
120 Lory Student Center
Fort Collins, CO 80523
970-491-5707
http://career.colostate.edu
* Major and career exploration/Job search information


Admissions and Undergraduate Recruitment
Ammons Hall
711 Oval Drive
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523
970-491-6909
http://www.admissions.colostate.edu
* Admission applications/University visits and tours


General Catalog Online
http://www.catalog.colostate.edu/

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