List of the Best Wildlife Biology Schools and Programs

Read about the country's best wildlife biology schools and programs, through which students can learn about wildlife populations in their native habitats. Find brief overviews of the programs offered by three universities, as well as a list of other schools that provide training for wildlife biologists.

School Information

Wildlife biology programs, such as those offered by the three schools highlighted below, prepare students for careers as wildlife managers or recreation planners. A wildlife program might include the study of fish ecology and physiology and lead to a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree in wildlife biology or fisheries and wildlife biology.

Best Wildlife Biology Schools and Programs in the U.S.

1. University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND

The University of North Dakota (UND) is a research university that made The Princeton Review's list of the 'Best 376 Colleges' in the nation for 2012. UND's College of Arts and Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology program that prepares students for careers in federal and private fisheries and wildlife organizations. Students take courses in evolution, animal behavior, ornithology and mammalogy. Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs with a specialization in wildlife biology are also offered for students interested in teaching and research positions.

2. University of Montana in Missoula, MT

The University of Montana (UM) is a public university that ranked 92nd on the U.S. News & World Report list of best graduate schools for biological sciences in 2010. At UM, students can earn an M.S. in Wildlife Biology or a Ph.D. in Fish and Wildlife Biology. The 36-credit master's degree program offers a thesis or non-thesis option and includes a graduate seminar in wildlife biology. The graduate seminar and a dissertation are required for the Ph.D. program.

3. Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS

Kansas State University (KSU) is a public university that U.S. News & World Report ranked 73rd on its list of top public schools for 2012. KSU offers a Bachelor of Arts or a B.S. in Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology through the College of Arts and Sciences. Students take courses in physics, ecology and chemistry, as well as 11 credits of electives, such as mammalogy and entomology.

List of Ten Good Wildlife Biology Schools in the U.S.

School NameDistinctionLocation
Brigham Young UniversityFounded by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsProvo, UT
Kansas State UniversityOffers more than 475 student organizations Manhattan, KS
Northern Arizona UniversityHas several satellite campuses throughout ArizonaFlagstaff, AZ
Prescott CollegeOffers a summer program for high school studentsPrescott, AZ
Texas State University, San MarcosProvides an ecologically diverse setting for research in wildlife biologySan Marcos, TX
Colorado State UniversityOffers three concentrations for fish, wildlife and conservation biology majorsFort Collins, CO
University of Michigan - FlintLarge international student bodyFlint, MI
University of Montana Located a few hours from Yellowstone National ParkMissoula, MT
University of North DakotaWide variety of academic programs are offeredGrand Forks, ND
University of VermontCourses in wildlife and fisheries biology program focus on applied ecologyBurlington, VT

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