Fisheries and WildlifeCollege of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

What you will learn

Fisheries and wildlife professionals are responsible for the conservation, protection, regulation, and management of our nation's fish and wildlife resources. Their management strategies provide for both consumptive (hunting, fishing) and non-consumptive uses (bird watching, non-game species enhancement, threatened and endangered species protection, and others). Students in the Fisheries and Wildlife major receive hands-on training with active demonstrations, problem-based exercises, community-based service learning opportunities, and experiential learning.

Students who successfully fulfill the requirements in the Fisheries and Wildlife major are prepared to enter postgraduate programs as well as competitively enter the work force. The curriculum reflects minimal civil service requirements of the federal government for wildlife and fisheries biologists and incorporates course requirements for certification in professional societies. By selecting one of the major's career-related options, graduates can also meet requirements for a variety of positions. The breadth of the curriculum prepares graduates to address complex environmental issues and to interact professionally with a multitude of natural resources disciplines to develop solutions to problems. Typical careers for graduates of this major include fisheries or wildlife biologists with private consulting firms and zoos, as well as with governmental resource management agencies at the local, state, federal, or international level.

Career Opportunities

With a professional degree in fisheries and wildlife, careers are possible in fisheries research and management, wildlife research and management, wildlife damage management, city planning and policy, refuge management, geospatial information services, marine biology, endangered species management, private lands habitat management or as a conservation officer, water quality specialist, park ranger, environmental educator or zoo keeper.

The NEBRASKA difference

The Fisheries and Wildlife major is designed to produce professionals who will manage wild populations of fish, birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Fisheries and wildlife management involves management of people, habitats, and animals, so our students are provided backgrounds in natural sciences, communication, decision-making, and resource policy. Students in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Fisheries and Wildlife major will learn to apply basic concepts in real-world situations. Our curriculum is designed to meet requirements for professional certification for The Wildlife Society, American Fisheries Society, or the Society for Conservation Biologists, as students select from 11 career-related options within our major.

Fisheries and wildlife education at UNL has a long and proud history of preparing students to meet the challenges of a world that is increasingly responsive to preserving fisheries and wildlife habitat, protecting threatened and endangered species and the thoughtful management and conservation of natural ecosystems. UNL students also benefit from being in close proximity to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and other governmental agencies focused on wildlife and the environment. This association helps provide additional opportunities for internships, temporary and seasonal work and other activities.

Internships / Clubs

The UNL Wildlife Club is a student subunit of The Wildlife Society. This group provides guidance and further knowledge about specific wildlife, promotes and stimulates interest in wildlife, provides for the cultural and social development of members, provides opportunities to develop leadership, furthers cooperation with organizations concerned with wildlife, and acquaints interested students and faculty members with the wildlife field.

The UNL Student Subunit of the American Fisheries Society is for undergraduate and graduate students interested in the fisheries profession. The purpose of the AFS Subunit is to promote professional development in the field of fishery and aquatic resource science, encourage exchange of regional fisheries and other technical information, and address issues that affect Nebraska's aquatic resources. Annual activities include co-hosting the Midwest Fisheries Student Colloquium with the Iowa State University Student Subunit, hosting a fishing tournament for members of the subunit and Nebraska Chapter AFS, and assisting the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission fishery biologists with management activities at Bowling Lake in Lincoln.

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Alumni / Faculty

Faculty working with the Fisheries and Wildlife program have diverse expertise allowing students to gain knowledge from experts in their fields of study. The faculty assists with student advising as well as teaching and research. Get more information on each faculty members.


The School of Natural Resources is located in Hardin Hall, a state-of-the-art facility located on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's East Campus. The complex houses three lecture rooms, two teaching laboratories, three teaching computer labs, a student computer lab, a student services center, and numerous research labs. Get more information on the Hardin Hall facilities.