Online degree programs in fish and wildlife management are rare, since this is a hands-on career field. However, there are a couple available programs at the bachelor's degree level. Additionally, at least one natural resource management bachelor's degree program, which teaches many of the same skills, is available online.
Fish and wildlife management degree programs may be completed fully online or through a blend of online and campus-based courses. For example, students may need to complete laboratory requirements at the home university. Some programs also require an internship, providing students with practical experience. Online students will need to use Microsoft Office, Adobe Flash and Acrobat Reader, as well as possibly needing access to a media player or webcam.
Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife
Through this online bachelor's degree program, students learn how to care for fish and wild animals living in natural or man-made environments. They study practical care techniques that keep natural environments thriving. Eligible students must have at least a high school diploma or the GED equivalent. This degree is intensive to the sciences; courses include biology, physical studies, ecology and related courses. There are not many online degree programs available in fisheries and wildlife, but related programs in natural resource management and wildlife conservation are available.
Information and Requirements
The online bachelor's degree in fisheries and wildlife takes about four years to complete. The program is available entirely online at some schools, but at others, only certain courses are available. There are no on-campus requirements with the exception of some science labs, which can be completed at a local college or university. Some schools may also require completion of an internship. Students log onto Web-based applications to access the online program, such as E-campus or Blackboard. These allow students to view video lectures online, complete assignments and interact with other students.
Students taking online courses must have a working computer and reliable Internet access. Required computer software programs may include Microsoft Office, Adobe Flash and Acrobat Reader. In some cases, a media player or webcam could also be required.
List of Common Courses
The online degree program allows students to take courses on a flexible schedule, with or without due dates for assigned class work.
Conservation and Wildlife Ecology
Through this course, students learn the basic principles of wildlife conservation. They learn how to care for wildlife and the importance of managing and tracking diversity in an ecosystem.
Great Plains Wildlife Habitat
Students study the principles of managing wildlife, natural habitats and programs that keep them running effectively. They study the types of plants and animals commonly found on the Great Plains and how to care for them.
Through this course, students learn how to prevent different plant or animal populations from overtaking an individual ecosystem.
Students examine forests around the world to learn about the types of plants and animals commonly found in each.
Career Information for Graduates
Upon completion of a bachelor's degree in fisheries and wildlife, students can pursue a variety of career opportunities. Graduates may find careers working in zoos, aquariums or state parks. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov), conservation scientists made a median salary of $61,110 in 2015, while animal (non-farm) caretakers made $21,010. During the same year, foresters made a median annual wage of $58,230.
Continuing Education Information
Although only undergraduate programs in fishery and wildlife are available online, graduate programs are available in natural resource management, environmental science, forestry and conservation. Master's and doctoral degree programs in natural resource management and environmental science are also available online.
Students in online Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife programs will study forest ecology, conservation and other wildlife management techniques to prepare for careers as conservation scientists or animal caretakers. Online graduate programs in related fields are available for interested graduates.