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Wildlife, B.S.

Cal Poly Humboldt's nationally-recognized Wildlife program provides a rigorous curriculum that includes field experience in nearby natural habitats. Our goal: instill a sense of responsibility, appreciation, and expertise, giving students a deeper understanding of managing and conserving wildlife and ecosystems.

Why this Program

Where You Learn

With access to nearly five million acres of forests, parks, and public wilderness lands, the opportunities to study wildlife, ecology, and management are endless.

Future Careers

Our graduates are well-trained and in high demand—more than 80% are employed after graduation.

Personal Attention

Whether you’re in the classroom, the lab, or in the field, you’ll work closely with faculty who are committed to your success.

Arcata Marsh - Jeff Black, Shadee Kohan, and Alex Jamal

Academics & Options

The Bachelor of Science in Wildlife focuses on ecology, conservation, and management. That means you’ll study the distribution, abundance, conservation, and management of species, with an emphasis on mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.

Did you Know?

First-time freshmen will join the Klamath Connection, in which they will explore the relationships between science, traditional ecological knowledge, the environment, and Native American communities all through the lens of California’s second largest river, the Klamath.

Wildlife students have a long history of winning the Quiz Bowl, The Wildlife Society’s annual national competition that pits undergrads from around the country against each other.

Wildlife faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students are among the leaders at Cal Poly Humboldt and the Cal State system in their record for attracting external grant funding and publishing applied and basic research in peer-reviewed journals.

Raptor field study


Wildlife students graduate with the knowledge and field research skills to pursue several meaningful careers. Many go on to work as wildlife biologists for state and federal natural resource agencies. Others join conservation organizations, private businesses such as ecological consulting firms and timber companies, and zoos and wildlife rehabilitation centers.

  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Wildlife Refuge Manager
  • Wildlife Program Specialist
  • Wildlife Manager
  • Special Agent - Wildlife
  • Fish & Game Warden
  • Shooting Preserve Manager
  • Fish & Wildlife Assistant
  • Wildlife Technician
  • Animal Biologist
  • Animal Handler
  • Animal Keeper
Wildlife, Ecology and Management of Wetlands

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