The fauna and flora are also part of a country’s heritage, the product of millions of years of evolution centered on that time and place and hence as much a reason for national concern as the particularities of language and culture.

– E.O. Wilson, The Diversity of Life 

Wildlife ecologists work at the interface of wildlife species, the environment and humans. This requires knowledge and skills in biology, ecology and statistics as well as a firm understanding of the role of political, social and economic forces.

Majors (options) and Minors

You can find a sample planning sheet, for each major, by clicking here. The planning sheets outline suggested coursework by semester for each of the majors. You can also learn more by visiting the UW-Stevens Point course catalog.
Tim Ginnett
Discipline Coordinator
Trainer Natural Resources Building
Phone: 715-346-4191 

 Research & Management

The Wildlife Research and Management major focuses on problem-solving and scientific skills needed to understand the ecological interactions that impact wildlife management, including game, non-game, endangered and invasive species. A Master’s degree will greatly increase employment potential and job responsibilities.

 Information & Education


The Wildlife Information and Education major emphasizes scientific skills along with interpersonal relationships necessary to understand social influences and ecological interactions that impact wildlife management.

(Please note this major will no longer be available under the wildlife ecology discipline. If you are interested in a wildlife education option please contact Brenda Lackey)


 Wildlife Ecology Minors

  • ​Captive Wildlife
  • Conservation Biology
  • Environmental Law Enforcement
  • Wildlife

Certification Opportunities

The Wildlife Ecology program academically qualifies students for certification by The Wildlife Society as a Certified Wildlife Biologist.