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Wildlife and Fisheries Resources

The Wildlife and Fisheries Resources Program prepares students for careers as wildlife and fisheries biologists, toxicologists, fish hatchery personnel, conservation officers and planners, animal damage control specialists, as well as a wide variety of natural resources communication specialists and managers. Courses in the major are lab-based with ample opportunity to gain valuable field experiences.

Career Profile

Graduates from this program typically follow one of two career tracts – employment with state or federal resource agencies, non-government organizations or private consultant firms, or they continue their education in graduate school.

Sample Course Schedules

Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.

Freshman Year

WMAN 100 The Tradition of Hunting ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric BIOL 101 General Biology BIOL 103 General Biology Laboratory FOR 101 Careers in Natural Resources Management 1

Senior Year

WMAN 445 Introduction to Fisheries Management RESM 440 Foundations of Applied GIS RESM 441 Introduction GIS Natural Science FOR 326 Remote Sensing of Environment ARE 450 Agriculture, Environmental and Resource Policy

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Alumni Profile

Monica Stoops

Monica Stoops has always loved animals. Graduating from WVU with a B.S. in wildlife and fisheries resources in 1995, she took her love of animals to a new level. She applied and was accepted to the University of California, Davis, where she completed her master’s in animal science and Ph.D. in animal physiology. She did her postdoctoral work at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, where she was hired as full-time reproductive physiologist. Her work focuses on researching and developing techniques for artificial insemination of Indian rhinos.

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