The problem: Keeping the balance
Our fisheries and wildlife education has a long and proud history of preparing students to meet the challenges of conserving habitat, protecting threatened and endangered species, and managing ecosystems. Not only do students take classes in the natural sciences, but also in communications, decision making, policy, and technology.
Your choice to major in fisheries and wildlife will open up a world of opportunity to address complex challenges in the natural world. This major is perfect of students who are passionate about the outdoors, wildlife, research or conservation – or all of the above!
You will have the opportunity to work in the field, conduct your own research, study abroad and join clubs with other students like you — all from day one.
Fisheries & Wildlife Emphasis Areas
Each fisheries & wildlife student will choose at least one emphasis area to focus in. These emphasis areas help students specialize their course work based on individual career goals.
- Wildlife Ecology & Management
- Fisheries Ecology & Management
- Conservation Biology
- Zoo Animal Care
- Habitat Management
- Law Enforcement
- Nature-based Entrepreneurship
Wildlife Ecology & Management
This option is designed for students considering careers in wildlife biology, wildlife ecology, and wildlife research or management. Students completing the Wildlife Ecology and Management option qualify for professional certification through The Wildlife Society as an Associate Wildlife Biologist.
Course Examples: Wildlife Management Techniques, Wildland Plants, Mammology, Geographic Information Science
Fisheries Ecology & Management
This option is designed for students considering careers in fisheries biology, aquatic ecology, limnology, and fisheries management. Students completing the Fisheries Ecology and Management option qualify for professional certification in the American Fisheries Society.
Course Examples: Stream and River Ecology, Ichthyology, Wetlands, Fisheries Science, Limnology
From helping preserve habitat while improving economic opportunities to designing nature reserves, this option is designed for students considering careers in conservation, biodiversity, restoration ecology and policy.
Course Examples: Biodiversity Conservation, Natural Resources Policy, Human Dimensions in Natural Resources
Zoo Animal Care
This option is designed for students considering careers in zoo keeping, zoo animal care, animal rehabilitation, and animal training.
Course Examples: Zoo Keeping and Management, Ecophysiology of Wildlife, Environmental Education
This option is designed for students considering careers in habitat management, private lands management, or public lands (e.g., National Wildlife Refuge) management.
Course Examples: Grassland Conservation, Tree Biology, Soil Science, Wildland Plants
This option is designed for students considering careers in wildlife law enforcement. Completion of this program also includes requirements that fulfill a Criminal Justice minor.
Course Examples: Wildlife Management Techniques, Wildlife Damage Management, Introduction to Forensic Science
Designed for students considering running their own nature-based business, completion of this option includes a minor through the Engler Entrepreneurship program.
Course Examples: Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development, Herpetology, Introduction to Conservation Biology
The future awaits
Our graduates go on to become leaders in their field. With a degree in fisheries and wildlife, your job title could be:
- Fisheries Researcher
- Wildlife Biologist
- Park Ranger
- Environmental Educator
- Zoo Keeper
"I was recruited to swim here at the University. When I took my official visit, I was not expected to be blown away by the opportunities, resources and people here at Nebraska. I was looking into engineering while visiting other universities, but I took a chance on exploring the Fisheries and Wildlife major and I am so happy I did. I had a meeting with Dr. Mark Pegg and I was truly amazed to find out that I could make a career out of doing the things I love."
"I love how passionate the community is within SNR, both the student body and the faculty. It’s amazing to hear about all the amazing things everyone stays busy with! Also, I love how many opportunities there are here. I refer to UNL as "opportunity overload," which can be overwhelming at times when it feels like there is so much to do. However, having so many opportunities is never really a bad thing. "
"I came to the University after looking into all the research opportunities and connections to governmental agencies that Nebraska has. There is some form of University extension all around the state and its reputation for effective and meaningful research greatly interested me. "
Alli Carothers has worked with sea turtles in Mexico, cheetahs with the Smithsonian, and done three research projects during her time at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. And she’s just getting started. "People ask me how I get so many opportunities, and I say, ‘I kind of force my way into things’," she said.