Bachelor of Science in Wildlife, Sustainability, and Ecosystem Sciences

A traditional program with a hands-on approach, our bachelor’s degree in wildlife, sustainability and ecosystem sciences meets the academic and professional needs of our undergraduate students in a diverse and ever-changing natural resources field. We prepare you to confront the environmental challenges of present and future generations by understanding, managing and conserving wildlife and natural resources that humans depend on.

Choose one of the following concentrations to connect your personal interests with your career goals:

What is Wildlife, Sustainability and Ecosystem Sciences?

Wildlife, sustainability and ecosystem sciences studies how to conserve wildlife and natural resources for future generations. With a focus on natural resource conservation, our undergraduate degree program helps you first understand the habitats of wildlife, followed by the way people interact with the environment.

Most careers in the natural resource conservation field are extremely competitive and require a bachelor’s degree and field experience. Our undergraduate program in wildlife, sustainability and ecosystem sciences offers both to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to be competitive in the job market.


Estimated Completion

120 Credit Hours (4 years)

Application Process


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What Can You Do With Your Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife, Sustainability and Ecosystem Sciences?

Successfully completing a bachelor’s degree in wildlife, sustainability and ecosystem science, our graduates are prepared for most graduate programs related to natural resources and conservation, including Tarleton’s Master of Science in Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. For pre-veterinary students, Tarleton has an agreement with the TAMU College of Veterinary Medicine, which admits up to five qualified students from Tarleton each year, in addition to those who get accepted through the standard admissions process.

Depending on the concentration you choose, you may also start your career with an entry-level job in wildlife management, fisheries management, habitat management, captive animal biology or horticulture, including plant propagation and landscape design. Our graduates have been successful in both public and private sectors of the conservation and natural resources field, including jobs with state or federal wildlife departments, conservation agencies, state and national parks and private lands. These are just a few examples of the many available jobs for wildlife, sustainability and ecosystem sciences majors.

  • Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Conservationists
  • Educators in Conservation
  • Zoo Manager or Handler
  • Wildlife Rehabilitator
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Park Superintendent
  • College Professors
  • Ecological Assistant

Why Major in Wildlife, Sustainability and Ecosystem Sciences?

At Tarleton, we build strong connections with our undergraduate students and focus on your learning and experience.

Tarleton Quail Restoration Research

In partnership with Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch, our wildlife, sustainability and ecosystem sciences program is working to reintroduce the Northern Bobwhite Quail into our region. Undergraduate students have opportunities to work alongside faculty and graduate students in this effort for field research experience.

What Classes Will You Take as a Wildlife, Sustainability, and Ecosystem Sciences Major?

Starting with fundamental principles of wildlife ecology and management, our program curriculum lays the foundation of knowledge in areas such as morphology, ecology and conservation management. As you progress through the program, you’ll study a wide variety of topics such as fisheries management, wildlife law and policies, pollinator ecology, wildlife diseases, human dimensions, insect identification and conservation using GIS spatial analysis software.

Classes, labs and field experiences connect course topics with current issues in the region. For example, you may explore ecology and management of large mammals in North America; construct small-scale aquaponics systems; study the art and science of composting waste; identify and classify trees, grasses and herbaceous plants; analyze wildlife population growth and its reaction to management system; and examine the ecological role of fire in natural systems.

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