The FWCB major provides students with a broad science background emphasizing the biological and environmental sciences and other coursework needed for careers in fisheries, wildlife, conservation biology, and other natural resource and environmental careers.
Through careful choice of restricted electives, students completing the FWCB can also fulfill the requirements for minors such as Wildlife Care and Handling, Marine Biology, Park and Protected Areas Management, Water Science, Sustainability Sciences, and Forest Ecosystem Management and Conservation. FWCB offers two minors that are well-suited to students in many programs, such as Animal Science, ESPM, and Ecology.
All students complete the core curriculum and an approved professional experience, which can consist of an approved study abroad capstone course, an internship, or an independent research project. Students must also complete one of the following specializations.
Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences
This specialization prepares students who wish to pursue careers in fisheries and aquatic resource science, management, and administration; fish hatchery management; aquaculture, aquatic education, and aquatic environmental assessment. The curriculum meets the education criteria for the Certified Fisheries Professional designation established by the American Fisheries Society, the major professional organization for fisheries scientists and managers in North America.
This specialization prepares students for careers in wildlife science, management, and administration; zoo biology; terrestrial ecology; environmental assessment; and education. With proper selection of electives, students can meet the education criteria for the Certified Wildlife Biologist designation established by The Wildlife Society, the major professional organization for wildlife scientists and managers in North America. Find more information on how to obtain the TWS certification. (PDF)
This specialization prepares students for careers dealing with a broad range of conservation issues in aquatic or terrestrial habitats. Positions typically focus on the protection of endangered species and management for biodiversity. Careers as environmental educators or naturalists are also options.
The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (D.V.M.) is a rigorous four-year professional program preceded by three to four years of pre-professional study. This specialization is one of four primary U of M majors that prepares students for a rigorous four-year professional program.