Why earn a bachelor's degree in fisheries and wildlife biology?

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Feb. 1* | April 15^
Dec. 15
May 1

*Freshman Priority Deadline
^Transfer Priority Deadline

For stewards of the outdoors, the Fisheries & Wildlife major at UND helps prepare you for positions in state, federal, and private fisheries and wildlife organizations. Within this degree, you can specialize in either the fisheries or wildlife areas.

Whichever track you choose, you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in hands-on research, independent studies, internships and other experiential learning opportunities — and prepare for a rewarding career in the industry.

With extensive opportunities on campus and outside of Grand Forks to study wildlife and fish in their habitats/ecosystems, you'll have many chances to get a first-hand look at the career you want.

Fisheries and Wildlife Biology at UND

  • Shape your coursework to specialize in either the fisheries or wildlife areas.

  • Engage in independent studies under direct faculty supervision.

  • Work in state-of-the-art facilities including three greenhouses, animal rooms for terrestrial and aquatic organisms, tissue culture facilities, a biology core molecular facility and four field stations.

  • All students receive real-life experiences through course-related field experiences and internships at agencies and organizations.

Fisheries and Wildlife Biology Careers


Average annual salary for zoologists and wildlife biologists

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Anticipated job growth for zoologists and wildlife biologists

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With a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife, you'll be able to pursue a wide range of rewarding careers, including:

  • Conservationist
  • Environmental scientist or consultant
  • Extension agent
  • Fisheries and wildlife manager
  • Marine biologist
  • Ecologist
  • Natural resource manager
  • Park ranger
  • Wildlife biologist

A Fisheries & Wildlilfe Biology degree gives you the strategic skills you need, including:

  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Collections
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Environmental Science
  • Data Collection

UND Fisheries & Wildlife Biology Alumni

Fisheries & Wildlife Biology alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • Idaho Chapter of The Wildlife Society
  • Cabela's, Inc.
  • Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
  • Envoy Air, Inc.
  • Excel Engineering, Inc.

Fisheries and Wildlife Biology Courses

Learning to Lead

Students gain experience in the field when working with Ducks Unlimited to study nesting behavior.