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B.S. in Wildlife, Sustainability, and Ecosystem Sciences


The Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife, Sustainability, & Ecosystem Sciences is designed to prepare you for careers in both public and private sectors of the industry. This degree lays the foundation in areas such as morphology, ecology, conservation and management, while creating and providing opportunities for you to gain field experience through applied learning experiences and internships. Tarleton State University offers several different concentrations in which you may emphasize to connect your unique interests with your career goals. These concentrations include:

Designed With You in Mind

The Department of Wildlife, Sustainability, & Ecosystem Sciences is dedicated to understanding and managing the earth's ecosystems upon which human society depends. Our mission is to prepare students to confront the environmental challenges of present and future generations by managing the Earth’s natural resources and reducing the impact of human society on the natural environment, through multidisciplinary undergraduate and graduate teaching, experiential learning, and research.


Related Programs

Not what you were looking for? Tarleton State University offers over 100 different degrees and certifications that may be of interest to you, including:

Plan Your Future

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Career Opportunities

Graduates with a B.S. in Wildlife, Sustainability, & Ecosystem Sciences have several career options in both public and private sectors of the industry, such as:

  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Ecological Assistant
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Government organizations
  • Private ranches

And much more!

Turfgrass lab

Tarleton Turfgrass Field Laboratory and Greenhouse

This facility has 4 putting greens and 12 species of turfgrass managed at various mowing heights and levels of input. During laboratories, students take care of business at the turf plots to gain practical hands-on experience.

Career Service

Career Services

Career Services offers students a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • Resume assistance
  • Business etiquette dinners
  • Job fairs
  • Mock interviews
  • Handshake

And much more!

Program Objectives

We place emphasis on student engagement in the learning process so that each student attains personal fulfillment, success, and respect as a professional in their chosen occupation. We strive to serve and support the students' recognition of each other as individuals; each with their own unique history, talents, and goals.

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
WSES 2112 Soil Morphology
WSES 2309 Biotechnology and Sustainability
WSES 3307 Systems Thinking
WSES 3309 Aquaponics
BIOL 4401 Ecology
AGRI 1319 Introductory Animal Science

For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.

Facilities and Features

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Student Organizations

We strongly encourage students in our program to get involved in any of the following organizations:

  • Tarleton Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society
  • Agricultural Resources Organization
  • Tarleton Turf Grass Society
  • Environmental Society
  • Entomology Club
  • Intercollegiate Plant Team
Permaculture Research & Demonstration Site

Permaculture Research & Demonstration Site

Located at the Texas AgriLife Research Station, this facility is used to study the resilience of diverse agricultural practices and demonstrate ecological processes within agricultural systems. 

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Timberlake Ranch

Located on the banks of the Colorado River south of Goldthwaite in Mills County, Timberlake Ranch and Biological Field Station provide an outdoor classroom for Tarleton students. Straddling the intersection between the Cross Timbers and Edwards Plateau regions of Central Texas, this ranch supports a unique variety of biological species and a diversity of ecosystems.