Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Wildlife and ecology conservation students doing field research.

Get your feet wet and hands dirty.

Home to the longest running predator-prey study in the world. Study the places where humans and wildlife intersect, from endangered species prevention and mitigation to habitat protection and restoration.

Wildlife ecology and conservation is the study of animal populations in the context of land management decisions. Put your love for working outdoors and interest in the ecology and sustainable management of wildlife habitats to work as you assess environmental conditions of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and make land management decisions for wildlife habitat maintenance and protection of ecosystem composition.

Cast moose tracks. Digitize wolf howls. Study animal populations and work on real projects. After the first year of classes you qualify to find a summer job in your field. Learn how to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and be proficient in GPS, land measurement, and remote-sensing skills.

Be Ready for What Tomorrow Needs:

  • Participate in a 14-week field semester in our 4,609 acres of research forest.
  • Conduct undergraduate research with faculty mentors on the effects of forest fragmentation on endangered, native birds.
  • Use state-of-the-art equipment and technology for lab assignments, research, and projects.
  • Work alongside faculty through the Earn and Learn Assistantship, offered to all accepted College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science students.

Create the Future with Careers In:

  • Wildlife Biology
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Biology
  • Teaching

Huskies Get Hired By:

  • USDA Forest Service
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Department of Environmental Quality
  • Natural resources and environmental consulting firms
"I chose Michigan Tech because I fell in love with the area on my campus visit. There are a lot of opportunities within my concentration like the school having the Ford Forest for research purposes and because of the high placement rate after graduating." Lyndsey Johnston, Forestry, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Customize your Degree:

Minors available in:

  • Ecology
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Plant Sciences

You can also earn a master’s in one additional year through the Accelerated Master’s program.

Take Courses Like:

  • Ornithology
  • Mammalogy
  • Herpetology
  • Population Ecology
  • Forest Health

Learn more about wildlife ecology and conservation at Michigan Tech!