Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Science in Wildlife EcologyStudent holding a bear cub

Students in our undergraduate program take a core series of wildlife ecology and management courses along with courses in the basic sciences, natural resource management, mathematics, and liberal arts to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology. Our curriculum is designed to provide students the options of meeting course requirements for certification as a wildlife biologist or fisheries biologist by The Wildlife Society or American Fisheries Society.   We place high priority on-field activities in our curriculum and use the variety of ecosystems in Maine for teaching and demonstration. While most students in our program aspire to be wildlife or fisheries biologists, ecologists, conservation biologists, or natural resource managers, students also can pursue other individual interests by choosing elective courses in concentration areas such as environmental education, forestry, and international conservation.  Undergraduates also can undertake wildlife research under the advisement of a faculty member by participating in the University of Maine’s Honors Program or through independent study programs in our department.  Also, the faculty strongly believes that field or professional experience enhances career development, and the Department actively assists students in obtaining internships or other employment opportunities. The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology has an active wildlife research program, which exposes students to the cutting edge of wildlife ecology and management and provides many opportunities for undergraduate student employment or experience with wildlife research.

The Department welcomes transfer students to the program.  A high proportion of students in the undergraduate program are transfer students from other universities and colleges or from other programs at UMaine.  Our curriculum is flexible to accommodate transfer students.  See Frequently Asked Questions for Transfer Students.

Links at the top and right of the page provide more information on the undergraduate curriculum, courses, scholarships, and the faculty in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology. If you would like additional information or application materials, please call, write, or email us.