Wildlife

The Wildlife Major prepares students for professional careers in wildlife research, management, and education. Students apply biological, ecological, economic and social knowledge to develop and administer wildlife management plans. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science and will meet the educational requirements to earn, with professional experience, certification as a Wildlife Biologist which is administered by The Wildlife Society.

Gain valuable field experience through our practicums:

What do you do?​
As wildlife biologist, you are charged with protecting and enhancing wildlife populations and habitats. You work across all ecosystems from forests and fields to urban areas. You collect data on the number and species of wi​ldlife and other organisms and the physical world, analyze food webs and food availability, estimate the impacts of changing habitat conditions, and develop and implement management plans that increase the sustainability of these communities.

For more wildlife resources including instructional extension publications and videos view: Purdue Extension - Forestry and Natural Resources and the FNR YouTube Playlist.

Opportunities

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The FNR OSS is a hub of support at Purdue for FNR students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the public.

Contact the Office of Student Services (OSS).

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Three deer cross a field in a line as captured on a trail cam
Researchers Study Deer-Vehicle Collision Reduction Method

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FNR Outstanding Freshman Lydia Pultorak holds a Northern Saw-Whet Owl, Lydia measures a bird while bird banding, Lydia uses a pair of binoculars while birding
Meet FNR Outstanding Freshman Lydia Pultorak

Lydia Pultorak, a first-year wildlife major and forest ecosystems minor, has made her presence...

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The Costa Rica study abroad group stands next to the entrance sign for Corcovado National Park.
Students Experience Diverse Ecosystems, Biodiversity on Costa Rica Study Abroad Trip

The Costa Rica Natural History study abroad course offers students the opportunity to explore...

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Beca Appelmann stands next to her research poster; Beca holds her dog on a beach; Beca holds a Northern Saw-whet Owl
Meet FNR Outstanding Sophomore Beca Appelmann

Wildlife major Rebeca Appelmann has been selected as FNR’s Outstanding Sophomore for...

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Alyssa Johnson holds a turtle; Alyssa Johnsons shows off a small salamander; Alyssa Johnson gives a thumbs up during a field study, wearing goggles, a mask and rubber gloves.
Meet FNR Outstanding Junior Alyssa Johnson

Wildlife major Alyssa Johnson has excelled in the Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural...

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Alex Dudley holds a black vulture; Alex is pictured through a hole in a rock formation; Alex holds her camera in front of a forested mountain landscape.
Meet FNR Outstanding Senior Alex Dudley

From her research on black vulture ecology in the Zollner lab and on digital forestry under Dr....

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