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This is an intercollegiate, non-thesis professional degree program co-administered by the College of Natural Resources, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and College of Veterinary Medicine. No minor is required.

Past Master of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology candidates have explored such fisheries and wildlife topics as:

Morgan Elfelt handling a captured coyote as part of a project at Ft. Bragg, NC.

Morgan Elfelt handling a captured coyote as part of a project at Ft. Bragg, NC.

  • Effects of different fishing practices on species harvests
  • Status of nutria (Myocastor coypus) in North Carolina
  • Migratory, habitat selection and growth patterns of various fish and wildlife species
  • Ghost crab distribution and depredation on loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings on Onslow Beach, NC
  • Non-invasive methods to estimate coyote density
  • Practitioner’s insights on wildlife translocation and reintroduction

Please note that this is an interdisciplinary degree program. Students who pursue specific aspects of fisheries, wildlife, and conservation biology are supervised by FWCB Program faculty from several departments, and reside in the department of their major professor.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology degree requires a minimum of 36 credits, including four to six hours of special problems and one to two hours of seminars. A professional paper is also required. Further requirements may be imposed by a student’s advisory committee.

All Master of FWCB students, regardless of the department in which they reside, are required to take FW 602 at least once. Substitutions and/or additional seminar requirements must be approved by the student’s graduate committee. Students can take FW 602 a maximum of two times for credit, and additional times without credit.