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Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences


Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences - B.S.


The Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences’ curriculum prepares undergraduate students for exciting careers in wildlife and fisheries conservation and management. Courses focus on organisms, natural populations and communities, their habitats, and human users. What makes our graduates stand out from their peers are the experiential activities that provide additional skills, including teamwork, leadership, ethics, technology, global competence, critical thinking, and problem solving – skills highly desired by employers.

Most employment is with state and federal natural resource agencies. Each state has natural resource agencies that hire students with wildlife and fisheries sciences degrees and multiple federal agencies hire graduates from the program. In addition, employment opportunities exist with local and tribal governments, non-governmental organizations, and private industry. Many undergraduates continue their education by seeking advanced degrees.

Students enrolled in the Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences degree have the option to double major in the Natural Resource Law Enforcement degree.

Is it for you?

Do you have a deep appreciation for fish and wildlife populations?
Would you like to be a steward of natural resources?
Are you interested in studying science?
Enjoy spending time outdoors?


State and Federal Wildlife Biologist
State and Federal Fisheries Biologist
Hatchery Manager
Lake Manager
Preserve Manager
Natural Resource Consultant
Natural Resource Educator


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

Contact Us

For questions, please contact: Mike Brown.



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