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Student Information

Welcome to the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation! Ranked one of the top programs in the nation, the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation offers educational and research programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students specialize in either Fish or Wildlife Conservation.

Overview

Undergraduate Program

The Fish Conservation Major is for students interested in research and management of aquatic animals and ecosystems, including shellfish, endangered species, sport fish, and aquaculture fish.  Most graduates work for state or federal conservation agencies, environmental consulting firms, or public utilities. Options are offered for both freshwater fisheries conservation and marine fisheries conservation. Because many jobs in this field require a master’s degree, the program emphasizes preparation for graduate school.

The Wildlife Conservation Major is for students interested in research and management of terrestrial species; game birds and mammals; and other nongame birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Most graduates work for state or federal conservation agencies, environmental consulting firms, or private land management companies.

All students completing undergraduate degree requirements receive a Bachelor of Science in Fish and Wildlife Conservation.

Graduate Program

We offer M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Fish and Wildlife Conservation. Students specialize in either Fish or Wildlife Conservation. Coursework is tailored to the interest and needs of the students in consultation with the student's graduate committee.

Faculty specialties include behavioral ecology, population dynamics, physiology, ecotoxicology, disease ecology, human-wildlife conflicts, human dimensions of natural resource conservation, marine ecology and habitat-population interactions.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Undergraduate

For more information on Virginia Tech's admission requirements & to apply, please visit The Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Graduate Students

Students should speak with faculty to determine if openings are available before submitting an application to the Graduate School.

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    The College of Natural Resources and Environment offers information sessions on Monday and Friday at 11:15 a.m. in 138 Cheatham Hall. These sessions are designed to give parents and students a brief overview of the college and departments.

Student Organizations

The Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation has active branches of both the Virginia Tech Chapter of the American Fisheries Society and the Virginia Tech Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society. Student organizations provide students with opportunities for community outreach, connecting with fellow classmates, networking, and serving in leadership roles. Find out more:

CONTACT US:

GENENRAL INFORMATION:

Dana Keith
Assistant to Department Head
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Cheatham Hall, RM100, Virginia Tech
310 West Campus Drive (MC0321)
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Phone: (540) 231-5573
Fax: (540) 231-7580
Email:fishwild@vt.edu


GRADUATE PROGRAM:

Dr. Sarah Karpanty 
Graduate Program Coordinator 

Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Cheatham Hall, RM150, Virginia Tech
310 West Campus Drive (MC0321)
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Phone: (540) 231-4586
Fax: (540) 231-7580
Email: karpanty@vt.edu


UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM:

Stephanie Hart, Director
The Advising Center
CNRE
Cheatham Hall, RM138, Virginia Tech
310 West Campus Drive (MC0321)
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Phone: (540) 231-5482
http://cnre.vt.edu/students Email: cnre_students@vt.edu