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Current Undergraduate Students

There are many resources available within the CNRE and University to help you succeed as a student at Virginia Tech. Below you will find a list of common resources you will need as you move through the degree program. If you have questions, the CNRE Advising Center offers assistance with course selection and handles issues regarding registration and advising. Faculty are also here to offer guidance as you move through your degree program.


    Before registering for classes, student should meet with their academic advisor to discuss their progress and for help selecting courses.

  • Fish & Wildlife Conservation Checksheets

    University Checksheets are used for course selection and to make sure you meet the requirements for graduation. They allow for flexibility to tailor elective courses around your interests.

  • Timetable of Classes

    Use the timetable to plan your schedule.

  • Virginia Tech Academic Calendar

    Stay aware of important deadlines for course requests, registration, drop/add, and graduation.

  • Undergraduate Catalog of Courses

    Provides descriptions of classes offered across the university.

  • Changing Majors

    Virginia Tech students considering changing majors should speak with an academic advisor in the Academic Program Office (RM 138), before submitting a change of major/minor form.

Common Forms

Other Resources

  • University Clubs and Organizations

    GobblerConnect-Explore Student organization across Virginia Tech.

  • Scholarship Opportunities

    There are a number of scholarships available for students within the department and college. Most scholarships have need-based and/or merit-based restrictions with varying award amounts.

  • Career Services

    Recognizing that career development is a life-long process, the mission of Career Services is to educate and support Virginia Tech students as they discover and make optimal use of their interests, skills, strengths, values, and knowledge.

  • Frequently Asked Questions
    Provides answers to frequently asked questions related to advising, changing majors, enrollment, graduation and more.

Experiential Learning

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Experiential learning can prove transformational in the development of a student. The faculty of the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation requires students to access experiential learning within the context of an internship, undergraduate research, independent study, or study abroad course [Learn More]

The CNRE Study Abroad Program offers students the opportunity to gain international experience through courses taught in a wide variety of countries. For more information on current CNRE programs, please visit the CNRE STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM website.

The CNRE Leadership Institute selects 12 students (junior/senior standing) to participate in the Leadership Institute. Students selected for the program gain critical leadership experience through enrolling in a 3-credit course each semester for a year. During the semester break, students participate in a week-long trip to Richmond and Washington, D.C. to meet with policy makers and top leaders in natural resources.

Career Opportunities

Employment & Internship Opportunities in Fish & Wildlife Conservation:

Top 5 Employers
  • State fisheries and wildlife management agencies, especially the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and sister agencies of adjoining states,
  • Federal agencies, such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Geological Survey – Biological Resources Division, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildilfe Services, and the National Marine Fisheries Service,
  • State agencies with environmental missions, such as the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality,
  • The private sector, including environmental consultants, forest land management companies, and aquaculture companies, and
  • Public schools, teaching environmental science, biology, or natural resources.

Types of Positions held
  • Fisheries and wildlife managers work with fish and wildlife populations, habitat, and people to meet societal goals for fish and wildlife conservation
  • Fisheries and wildlife scientists perform research in support of fish and wildlife conservation, often by expanding our knowledge of individual physiology or ecology, population ecology or genetics, or landscape ecology.
  • Imperiled species recovery specialists perform research to promote understanding of factors driving species declines, manage processes driving such declines, or produce captive-bred individuals to augment imperiled populations.
  • Aquaculturists propagate aquatic species for purposes of human food production, supplementing fished populations, augmenting imperiled populations, or public display in aquariums.
  • Environmental consultants perform a range of tasks for clients including private landowners, public utilities, and government agencies, ranging from water quality monitoring, to land and population management, to development of environmental impact statements for proposed major projects. 
  • Wildlife control specialists at various private-sector entities contribute expertise to animal damage control, and nuisance animal removal.
  • Environmental educators transmit knowledge and encourage intellectual growth on environmental and natural resources-related issues, not just in young people, but also in a range of life-long learners. An undergraduate degree in fisheries or wildlife conservation is well targeted for teaching environmental science, as well as general biology and ecology, to the general public.
  • A subpopulation of our students takes a degree in fisheries or wildlife conservation in order to prepare for graduate education or a career not in our own field, but rather in environmental protection, law, medicine or veterinary medicine, genetics, physiology, or nutrition, or the military.
Job Hunting Resources

Get Involved

The Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation has active student chapters of both the American Fisheries Society and 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:



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


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


Stephanie Hart, Director
The Advising Center
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

Students in the News

Wildlife students win Steger Poetry Prizes

Gretchen Goeke Dee and Michelle Wright, wildlife conservation major students, placed in Virginia Tech’s 10th annual Steger Poetry Prize.

Wildlife conservation major captures writing award

Christina Nelson of Purcellville, Virginia, a freshman majoring in wildlife conservation, won first place in the annual Virginia Outdoor Writers Association/ Dominion Collegiate UG Writing Contest.

Ashley Lohr receives 2015 College of Natural Resources and Environment Outstanding Senior Award

Lohr received a bachelor's degree in wildlife conservation with a minor in entomology during the University Commencement ceremony May 15 in Lane Stadium.

UG Research Programs


The FLeDGE program facilitates reciprocal learning by pairing a graduate student or post doc (the mentor) with an undergraduate researcher conducting a senior thesis project in the Hopkins laboratory.

Fralin Surf Program

The Fralin SURF program is a 10-week training program designed to give motivated Virginia Tech undergraduates the opportunity to engage in full time research and related professional development activities.