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SDSU Brookings Campus Weather Related Announcement

The South Dakota State University campus will be closing from 5 p.m. on Friday, March 31 until 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, due to the Blizzard Warning that will go into effect 7 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. on Saturday morning.  SDSU will then return to the normal weekend schedule on Saturday morning. Only essential employees as deemed by their supervisors will report to work during the closure hours. On Friday morning, ensure you continue to monitor the weather and work with your supervisor or instructor on your individual travel concerns. For additional closure information please check the Emergency Management website

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Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences (B.S.)

  • Location IconBrookings Main Campus

Do what you love, and you'll never work another day in your life.

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 is the experience they gain during the degree program that provides additional skills, including teamwork, leadership, ethics, technology, global competence, critical thinking, and problem solving - skills highly desired by employers. Many undergraduates continue their education by seeking advanced degrees. Students enrolled in the Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences degree have the option to be certified by The Wildlife Society or the American Fisheries Society.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Have a deep appreciation for fish and wildlife populations.
  • Like to be a steward of natural resources.
  • Interested in studying science.
  • Enjoy spending time outdoors.
  • Find research or teaching fulfilling.

Career Opportunities

  • State and Federal Wildlife or Fisheries Biologist
  • Hatchery Manager
  • Natural Resource Consultant
  • Research Scientist

Recent Employers

  • State and Municipal Departments of Natural Resources
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • Private Land and Water Management Companies

Internship Opportunities

  • State and Municipal Departments of Natural Resources
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • Private Land and Water Management Companies

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The Exploratory Studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the Exploratory Studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.