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Biology - Area 3: Wildlife and Natural Resource Conservation BS

A Passion for Wildlife and the Outdoors

Whether you love to hunt, hike, fish, take pictures, watch birds, or engage in some other activity that connects you with nature, you possess a passion for the outdoors and an interest in the proper conservation and management of our natural resources.

The University of Central Missouri's Biology - Wildlife and Natural Resource Conservation curriculum encompasses the science and art of studying, managing, conserving, and protecting wild animal populations and the ecosystems on which living things depend; you will learn to apply ecological knowledge to aid in managing natural resources. If you have the desire to work towards the future health of our wildlife and the land it lives on, then this is the program for you.

What you will learn

As a biology student at the University of Central Missouri, you will  study living organisms, focusing on;

  • Conservation
  • Natural history
  • Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Cellular and molecular processes
  • Organismal physiology and morphology

Program study will also include aspects of;

  • Biochemistry
  • Botany
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Zoology
  • Other natural sciences

Learn How to Work with a Team!

Knowing how to work well with a team is an essential skill for any career. Being in a student organization teaches you how to do this by putting you in situations where you are required to take advice from others, as well as give your own. You have several opportunities to become an active member or leader of one of our biology organizations.


Unique Learning Opportunities

Chances are, the organization you choose to participate in will include a diverse group of people — you’ll be faced with the same situation in the working world! Learning how different people respond and react to certain situations will help you develop your skills in presenting and implementing ideas.

Students may also choose to expand their network and boost their resume by participating in organizations such as:


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Career Choices

You will gain analytical and scientific skills that prepare you for exciting careers in a variety of STEM-related fields. Our students have been successful in gaining employment in private industries related to;

  • The Missouri Department of Conservation
  • The Department of Natural Resources

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Salary Expectations

The salary expectation for careers with this degree is $22,000 - $47,000.*

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Job Market growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of conservation scientists and foresters is projected to grow five percent from 2019 to 2029.*

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  * Job market growth and salary statistics provided by the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics,



Program Coordinator

Jennifer Mittelhauser, M.S.
WC Morris 230 C
Tel: 660-543-8877
Fax: 660-543-4355


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