Wildlife Major​​

The wildlife salamanderprogram 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 Degree and will meet the educational requirements to earn, with professional experience, certification as a Wildlife Biologist which is administered by the Wildlife Society.

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 wildlife 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.  In addition to the wildlife biologist job title, you can consider job titles such as ecologist, conservation biologist, and zoologist.  Other descriptions of wildlife careers are provided by the Bureau of Labor red bellied woodpeckera Statistics Wildlife ​Scientists​ and USGS’s Wildlife Biologist.

An excellent way to learn more is to schedule a visit.  Please feel free to schedule a visit by contacting FNR Student Services by email, joinfnr@purdue.edu, or call 765-494-3591.​​​


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