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:
- Sustainable Agriculture and Agroecology
- Fisheries Science
- Food and Nutrition
- Horticultural Management
- Horticultural Science
- Natural Resource Ecology
- Pre-Veterinary Medicine
- Wildlife Science
- Zoo Animal and Confined Wildlife Biology and Management
- Sustainable Food Systems
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.
120 Credit Hours (4 years)
- Some online courses are available
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
- 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.
Internships are not just part-time jobs. They are designed to provide you with valuable work experience in a field that best fits your interests and career goals. Internships may be applied toward course credit, and they may be paid.
Study abroad to gain perspective on different cultures and how local governments and communities address conservation in their respective regions. In past years, our program has led study abroad trips to Nepal, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, Poland, Cuba, Australia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Educational requirements for certification from professional societies is built into the program course work. After earning your bachelor’s degree in wildlife, sustainability and ecosystem sciences, you can apply to the appropriate organization for certification as a wildlife biologist, fisheries professional, ecologist, rangeland professional, ecological restoration practitioner, professional soil scientist or crop adviser.
With strong field ecology backgrounds, most of us have a general background in ecology and conservation. On top of that, we have a wide range of specialties, including entomology, habitat management, large carnivore ecology, avian ecology, big game ecology and management, fire ecology, horticulture science and management and soil science.
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.
View all required classes for the wildlife, sustainability and ecosystem bachelor’s degree.
How Do You Get Started on Your Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife, Sustainability and Ecosystem Sciences?
Take the next step toward earning your bachelor’s degree in wildlife, sustainabilty, and ecosystem sciences. We have the resources to help you get started.
We have dedicated labs for horticulture, entomology, soil science and wildlife ecology, including a research aviary for upland bird care and state-of-the-art greenhouses. We also co-operate or share resources in the Turfgrass Field Laboratory and Greenhouse and native prairie demonstration site along the Bosque River Trail.
For more educational, social and networking opportunities, join one or more student organizations, such as The Wildlife Society, The Entomological Society, The American Fisheries Society, Intercollegiate Plant Identification Team, Turf Grass Society, Environmental Society, Entomology Club, Food Fanatics, Linnaean Games, Wildlife Quiz Bowl Team and The Prairie Oaks Master Naturalist.
Under the guidance of a faculty member, students majoring in wildlife, sustainability and ecosystem sciences learn the research, analysis and presentation process, often while working alongside graduate students. Research projects can be immensely rewarding and provide valuable experience, especially if you’re interested in graduate school.