Opportunity at Tech
Tech's Fisheries and Wildlife Science faculty have a well established record of productivity in teaching, research, and professional service. Our quality education record is manifested in high placement rates of students and in high student evaluations of instructors and courses. Our record of grantsmanship, research (faculty and students), and publication is very strong, and our students frequently author or co-author scientific papers and give presentations at professional meetings or symposia.
Tech's Fisheries and Wildlife Biology Program has the largest number of fisheries and wildlife undergraduates in the state, it offers the greatest diversity of fisheries and wildlife courses, and there are abundant opportunities for hands-on learning. The location of ATU, on the Arkansas River between the Ouachita and Ozark mountains, is ideally suited to this program. The ecosystems serve as a huge outdoor laboratory that encompasses fish and wildlife habitats that range from lowland swamps to mountain tops, and from mountain streams to large rivers and reservoirs. These factors coupled with our excellent working relationships with natural resource groups and an ideal location make TECH a good choice if you are interested in pursuing a career in natural resource management.
The program has placed about 60% of its students (nearly twice the national average), which is a remarkable record, considering that many of our students come from small, rural schools, with limited science backgrounds. Despite rigorous competition for graduate admissions, many of our undergraduate student's have enrolled in M.S. programs, at high quality graduate institutions across the nation. The degree programs are typically fisheries/aquatic science, wildlife science, or zoology at prominent universities such as Auburn, Mississippi State, New Mexico State, Tennessee Tech, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Arkansas State, South Dakota State, University of Oklahoma, University of Tennessee, University of Arkansas, Texas Tech, and University of Wyoming. Our graduates work for a variety of employers including: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, commercial aquaculture producers, environmental consulting firms, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Corp of Engineers, U.S. Geological Survey, and other natural resources agencies. Because of our successful past and our very promising future, we hope that you will consider Tech's Fisheries and Wildlife Biology Program for your education, and we wish you luck in making the best personal choices for your education and career.