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Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology

Partner Across Colleges to Understand and Solve Real World Challenges

The Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology program at NC State University is a leader in fish and wildlife science and takes an interdisciplinary approach to education and research. We employ cutting-edge research and work with a variety of partners to ensure common fish and wildlife species remain common, and threatened and endangered fish and wildlife species are saved. Students and faculty work across colleges and disciplines throughout NC State University to gain knowledge and conduct innovative research that identifies and solves challenges to conserving animal species around the world.

The Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology undergraduate degree focuses on fish and wildlife ecology and sustainable management of wild animal populations and their associated habitats. Our master’s and Ph.D. programs are intercollegiate and co-administered by the College of Natural Resources, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and College of Veterinary Medicine. Graduate students address basic and applied science questions about fish and wildlife ecology, including population biology and modeling, health and disease, and habitat use and management, on scales ranging from individuals to ecosystems and from local to international. Our research leverages cutting-edge methods, including citizen science, quantitative ecology, and conservation genetics, while also considering the human dimensions needed to effect change.

Undergraduate Program Graduate Program

#2 in Wildlife Research

As the second best Fish and Wildlife Research Program in the country, our students assist with research projects focused on habitat management, citizen science, human dimensions, wildlife health, adaptive resource management, and quantitative ecology.

Answer Key Questions Facing our Society

The mission of the Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology program is to advance the scientifically-based conservation, including sustainable harvest when appropriate, of fish and wildlife. Faculty and students work together to conduct cutting edge research ranging from fundamental scientific inquiry to applied, management-oriented problems.

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