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Prospective Students

We are really into fishes and wildlife and their conservation for the enjoyment and service to current and future generations. This includes the wise management of fisheries and game species and the recovery and management of endangered species, biological communities, and living landscapes.

We work with and respect the human aspects of biological communities and emphasize incorporation of social sciences in our conservation efforts.

Our programs emphasize a hands-on, minds-on approach where students learn while doing. 

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We feature small classes where you get to know the faculty and where class meetings are much more than lectures. Many classes have 20 or fewer students.



Students are assigned an academic advisor and a faculty mentor to guide them in their choice of classes and their preparation for a career.   All students take a first-year experience course to prepare for a successful college career.



Our course work involves field experience with modern techniques and equipment. Dr. Marcella Kelly’s Wildlife Field Techniques course spends 10 days at Mountain Lake Biological Station.



We encourage and even require students to get involved beyond the classroom. This may involve playing a role in the student chapters of The Wildlife Society or the American Fisheries Society, undergraduate research, an internship at a state or federal agency, or just about anything you and your faculty mentor can think of.