For those who prefer the practical use of theoretical discoveries, wildlife management, as applied ecology, offers a number of careers. Inaddition, wildlife biology has programs that are especially attractive to those who like to work outdoors. They may actively be employed in the management of wild game, natural resources, scenic reserves or recreational areas. Opportunities are available for ecologically trained curators and guides in museums and nature camps, zoos, nature reserves and state and national parks.
The mathematically-oriented person can choose systems analysis, setting up mathematical models of the life systems of particular species of animals and, with the aid of computers, learn how to predict or control populations.
The Bachelor of Arts Degree or the Bachelor of Science Degree can be attained in Wildlife Management. Core courses for a degree are General Botany, General Zoology, Anatomy and Physiology, Cell Biology, and Evolution and Genetics. Specific courses in wildlife biology include Plant Taxonomy, Ornithology, Mammalogy, Wildlife Management, Plant Ecology, General Ecology, Biometry, Wildlife Techniques, and Vertebrate Natural History.
Programs are tailored to the individual student and mat be oriented toward developing specializations with advanced management skills and research capability. Graduate research may be in habitat use by game and non-game species, habitat analysis, population dynamics, natural history, behavior, mammalian and avian systematics. Available programs lead to the Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Master of Education degrees.