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Wildlife Biology


Wildlife biology programs prepare people to study vertebrate wildlife and their habitats.

Wildlife biology programs include topics such as:


Community colleges and other two-year schools offer associate degree programs in wildlife biology. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Several colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in wildlife biology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

A few universities offer graduate degrees in wildlife biology. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree (usually in biology), good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Graduate programs in wildlife biology are usually located in ecology, biology, or forestry departments.

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically offers courses in the following subjects:

Things to Know

This program is often in ecology, biology, or forestry departments.

Take every opportunity to get hands-on experience doing fieldwork. Get a summer or part-time job at a park or nature center, or attend a summer field camp.

Many jobs in this field require you to write technical reports and give presentations on your findings. Taking writing and speaking courses will develop your communication skills.

Some wildlife biologists spend a large part of their time conducting field research.


East Side Area

Central Washington University

Washington State University - Pullman

King-Snohomish Area

University of Washington - Seattle

Spokane Area

Eastern Washington University

Spokane Community College

Tacoma Area

Tacoma Community College