What will I learn?

The Wildlife Conservation major focuses on the ecology and conservation of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians and their habitats. The program provides a comprehensive understanding of wild animal ecology, habitats, and human uses and values of wildlife. You’ll study a broad scope of issues, including disease, genetics, endangered species, invasive species, and the human dimensions of wildlife management. You’ll graduate prepared to take an active role in finding new and better ways to conserve, use, and sustain the world’s vital wildlife resources.

This major provides excellent preparation for graduate school. Students majoring in wildlife conservation take courses in the following core areas: natural resources and environment, population dynamics, human dimensions of fisheries and wildlife, evolutionary biology, legal foundations, public speaking and writing, chemistry, and statistics.

Additional major coursework is also required in wildlife biology, wildlife field biology, conservation, wildlife habitat, genetics, geographic information systems (GIS), ecology, biology, and physical science.

Career options

Biological science technician/wildlife technician
Environmental educator/conservation education specialist
Fishing and hunting guide
Game warden
GIS programmer/computer mapping specialist
Public affairs specialist
Urban wildlife specialist/animal damage control specialist
Wildlife biologist
Wildlife/environmental consultant
Wildlife refuge manager
Zookeeper

Which department am I in?

College of Natural Resources and Environment

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$30,867.00 per year
International Student Fee: USD $550

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected January, August 2022

Venue

Virginia Tech

925 Prices Fork Road,

BLACKSBURG,

Virginia,

24061, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must complete: 3 units of math (includes algebra I, geometry, and algebra II), 2 units of laboratory science (chosen from biology, chemistry or physics), additional academic units (foreign language is highly recommended). Some majors have other requirements, such as an additional year of advanced math or lab science. Most students who are selected for admission have completed more than the minimum requirements and have at least a B+ grade point average.

For international students

Before you can be considered for freshman admission, you must complete:

3 units of math (includes algebra I, geometry, and algebra II)
2 units of laboratory science (chosen from biology, chemistry or physics)
additional academic units (foreign language is highly recommended)

Some majors have other requirements, such as an additional year of advanced math or lab science. Most students who are selected for admission have completed more than the minimum requirements and have at least a B+ grade point average.

English Language Requirements:

Students taking the IELTS must obtain a score of at least 6.5, with no sub-score below 6.5 to be considered for admission to Virginia Tech. Students taking the PTE must obtain a score of at least 53. Depending on the type of TOEFL used, Virginia Tech expects students to have scores of: Internet-based test: at least 80, with no section sub-score less than 16; Computer-based test: at least 233; Paper-based test: at least 550. Application Deadline: Fall - January 15 (Regular Decision).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

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