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Professor Ben Sedinger teaches students telemetry skills during an outdoor lab.

College of Natural Resources Wildlife Ecology Degree

Major, Minor

Work at the Interface of Wildlife Species, the Environment, and Humans

A Wildlife Ecology degree pairs well with the following minors: 

  • captive wildlife, focusing on managing wildlife in zoos, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and other captive wildlife facilities
  • conservation biology, featuring courses in ecology and invasive species
  • conservation law enforcement, combining criminology, law, and ethics with specialized training in environmental enforcement

Why study Wildlife Ecology at UW-Stevens Point?

Practical, real-world experiences and an integrated resource management focus are at the heart of our wildlife ecology and management degree. You will gain relevant, hands-on experiences in the classroom and the field.
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WHAT TO EXPECT

Courses focus on the problem-solving and scientific skills you need to understand the ecological interactions affecting wildlife management, including game, non-game, endangered, and invasive species. In addition, we offer practical, hands-on experiences inside and outside the classroom. Our program also qualifies you for a wildlife biology certification by The Wildlife Society. 

Wildlife ecology and management graduates typically work in federal, state, and private management organizations with positions such as: 

  • Wildlife Refuge Manager
  • Habitat Manager
  • Waterfowl Biologist
  • Endangered Species Manager
  • Non-game Biologist
  • Game Biologist
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Habitat Restoration Professional
  • Biologist
  • Wildlife Rehabilitator
  • Zookeeper
  • Migratory Bird Coordinator

GET INVOLVED ON CAMPUS

Discover your passions, build your resume, and make friends along the way! Whether it is joining a student organization, working at one of our centers, or participating in research at one of our three field stations, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved.

  • Read the CNR Reporter, a weekly newsletter, for information on upcoming presentations, student organization meeting times, and other important happenings on and around campus.

GAIN EXPERIENCE OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

Prepare for your career with additional hands-on experiences in all areas of natural resource management during a required summer field experience. You can choose between our six-week, hands-on summer field experience held at our Treehaven field station or on-campus, or take part in our European Environmental Seminar and learn how European natural resource management compares to the United States.

Summer internships and jobs are another great way to build your resume. We make them easy to find through our partnership with Handshake.

MEET YOUR FACULTY AND STAFF

The faculty members within the Wildlife discipline bring a wide array of knowledge and experience to our indoor and outdoor classrooms at UW-Stevens Point.
Shelli Dubay

Shelli Dubay

  • Professor of Wildlife
  • Faculty Adviser for the Wildlife Society Gray and Flying Squirrel Projects
715-346-4178
Scott Hygnstrom

Scott Hygnstrom

  • Professor of Wildlife
  • Director of the Wisconsin Center for Wildlife
  • Extension Wildlife Specialist
  • Douglas R. Stephens Chair in Wildlife
715-346-2301
Marie Perkins

Marie Perkins

  • Assistant Professor
  • Wildlife
  • College of Natural Resources
715-346-2755
Jason Riddle

Jason Riddle

  • Gerald and Helen Stephens Professor of Wildlife
  • College of Natural Resources
715-346-3224
Cady Sartini

Cady Sartini

  • Assistant Professor
  • Wildlife Ecology
  • College of Natural Resources
715-346-4546
Ben Sedinger

Benjamin Sedinger

  • Kennedy-Grohne Chair in Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation
  • Assistant Professor of Wildlife
  • College of Natural Resources
715-346-2529
Christopher Yahnke

Christopher Yahnke

  • Professor of Wildlife
  • Coordinator of Wildlife Discipline
  • Curator of Birds and Mammals, UW-Stevens Point Museum of Natural History
  • College of Natural Resources
715-346-2455