Bachelor of Science - Wildlife Ecology & Conservation
The Wildlife Ecology and Conservation major is offered through the Department of
Natural Resources and Environmental Science (NRES). The curriculum provides a solid,
multidisciplinary foundation for science-based decision making in wildlife ecology
and conservation biology. Students acquire a strong background in basic science
(e.g., biology, chemistry, and mathematics) as well as courses addressing critical
issues in management, restoration and conservation of wildlife and other biological
resources. This major is designed for students interested in pursuing careers focused
on the ecology and management of wildlife and other biota. Course-work will
develop skills needed to evaluate impacts of human activities on natural and managed
- Extensive research opportunites
- State-of-the-art equipment and computers
- A dedicated teaching faculty
- Small class sizes
- Couse work that engages students in field work
Graduating seniors are prepared for graduate study or may enter the work force directly.
Wildlife ecology and conservation biology are growing areas of
state, regional and national priority. Hence, the employment outlook is extremely
promising for students interested in working for state and federal agencies, private
consulting firms, and non-profit organizations. The curriculum can be designed
to assure qualification as a federal wildlife biologist and/or certification by
The Wildlife Society. Students interested in qualifying under the federal
US Office of Personnel Management Standards should notify their advisor and consult
the website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/sec-iii/a/0400-ndx.htm
What kind of salary do wildlife ecology grads earn?
In 2006, the median annual income nationwide for
zoologists and wildlife biologist was $53,300 (Bureau of Labor Statistics). In the
Federal Government in 2007, general biological scientists earned an average salary
of $72,146; microbiologists, $87,206; ecologists, $76,511; zoologists, $110,456;
and botanists, $67,218.
What kind of salary do conservation grads earn?
In 2010, the median annual income nationwide for
was $59,310. In 2010, the average Federal salary for
foresters was $62,200; for
soil and plant scientists, $77,510 and for
wildlife biologists $77,030 (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
What kind of classes should I be taking in high school?
High School students interested in wildlife ecology
and conservation biology should take at least three years of science
including biology and chemistry, and four years of mathematics. Students taking
calculus in high school may receive credit for the university calculus requirement.
English courses that emphasize writing skills are strongly recommended. Any deficiencies
in preparatory classes must be remedied during the first year at University of Nevada,
What kind of classes will I take?
Students will emphasize the core University requirements
during their first two years of study. These include English, Mathematics through
Calculus I, General (Inorganic) Chemistry, the Social Sciences, Fine Arts, and Western
Traditions. Also included will be a number of Major (NRES) requirements such as
Biology, Statistics, and introductory courses addressing general issues in conservation
and biodiversity, wildlife, and natural resource management, and environmental pollution.
The third and fourth years of study will consist of classes especially relevant
to wildlife ecology and conservation biology, e.g., Wildlife Ecology, Conservation
Biology, Animal Behavior, Genetics, etc.). Internships, fieldwork, laboratory
activities, and capstone courses round out the curriculum.
Who do I contact for more information about Wildlife Ecology & Conservation?
Dr. Jim Sedinger, Professor, Faculty Advisor
Phone: (775) 784-6556
Office: 133 Knudsen Resouce Center, 1000 Valley Road, Reno
Page last updated: 7/8/2011