College or University: University of Delaware
Type of degree: B.S.
Brief overview of program: The ever-increasing pressure of human activity has taken its toll on wild things. Approximately 1,850 species—from fish to ferns, arachnids to amphibians—are currently on the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Threatened and Endangered Species list; hundreds more are already extinct. Understanding wild species, recognizing the problems they face, and developing conservation efforts from an ecological perspective will help to ensure that future generations will enjoy the wonders of the wild.
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For the students that enter the workforce, what are the most common occupations that they pursue with this degree or certificate? Career paths for Wildlife Conservation majors lie in research, management, regulation, enforcement, communication, consulting, and education. These opportunities occur in government agencies, conservation organizations, nature centers, museums, consulting firms, schools and universities. Graduate degrees greatly increase the chance for advancement, and qualified students from our program have gone on to pursue graduate degrees in ecology, wildlife biology, conservation, entomology, and environmental law.
Many career-preparation programs are held throughout the year, and cover topics such as resume writing, interviewing, networking, and graduate school. Career Fairs are held each year, allowing students to mingle with prospective employers. We encourage all students to participate in these events; to seek related experience through internships; to develop their communication skills; and to learn to network with prospective employers. This, in addition to doing well academically, greatly enhances post-graduate opportunities.
Program Point of Contact: Frank Newton
Institution address: 700 Pilottown Rd.