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Wildlife Ecology & Management

Whether it be working with endangered species, with farmers to help mitigate agricultural depredation by wildlife, or with the CDC to understand the role of wildlife populations as carriers of disease, the Wildlife Ecology and Management degree program provides a broad biological education that is specifically designed to meet the needs of students interested in careers involving wildlife ecology, management, and conservation.

During their four years at Auburn, students are exposed to field experiences through outdoor labs and work opportunities.  For a hands-on introduction to field work, students in the wildlife program spend a portion of the summer between their third and fourth years at our summer practicum program where they have the opportunity to work hands-on with a number of wildlife species that have included white-tailed deer, wild pigs, southern flying squirrels and other small mammals, as well as reptiles and amphibians.

Our students are trained to address issues involving free-ranging wildlife populations and are sought after by state and federal agencies due to their high level of technical ability. Others carve their niche as youth education specialists, thereby ensuring the next generation understands and appreciates the natural world. Whatever their ultimate destination, wildlife ecology and management graduates are making an impact.