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Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences


Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences - Ph.D.


A Ph.D. degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences (separate areas of specialization) develops students for professional upper-level management, research and administrative positions with state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private companies. This degree also prepares students for the teaching, research, and service component responsibilities needed for faculty positions with universities and colleges.  While coursework is involved, this educational experience is primarily based on research and mentoring. This degree requires original thought and research contributions, synthesis and development of information, and contributions to the world and its natural resources.

Is it for you?

Want to lead original research?
Want to educate and mentor students?
Want to make a difference in wildlife and fisheries?
Excel working as a team and individually?


University Professor
Research Scientist
State and Federal Biologist
State and Federal Manager/Director/Program Leader
Professional Consultant
Conservation Center Director
Professional Society Administrator

For more information about this degree, please see the SDSU Catalog.

Contact Us

For questions, please contact: Michele Dudash or Terri Symens

South Dakota State University
Natural Resource Management
Box 2140B
Brookings, SD 57007