Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Bachelor's Degree


The fisheries and wildlife science program is a professional program designed to prepare qualified field and research biologists as well as provide a sound foundation for those students who intend to pursue graduate studies in wildlife biology, fisheries biology or field ecology. Through selection of elective courses, graduates are required to meet certification requirements of The Wildlife Society or the American Fisheries Society.

Field biologists are employed by various state and federal agencies concerned with natural resources management including the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, National Park Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Employment opportunities in the private sector are also available. Timber, mining and utility companies hire field biologists for advice and management of industrial lands. Environmental consulting firms, commercial fish and game farms, and nature centers require qualified researchers, technicians and educators.


HANDS-ON LEARNING opportunities

  • Fisheries and Wildlife Society student club, which conducts several hands-on service programs to benefit fish and wildlife resources
  • Several courses that have a laboratory component or in some cases are mostly field-oriented.
  • Summer internships that involve direct work with field biologists
  • Weekly lab experiences learning the most common and current techniques for studying fish and/or wildlife.



  • We outline six learning objectives within our program including: communication, ecological concepts, management principles, quantitative/analytical skills, field skills and professionalism.
  • We expect our graduates to be well-rounded professionals who can think for themselves, communicate their ideas, be well-versed in current technology and conduct themselves in an ethical and professional way.

Students living in states bordering Arkansas receive in-state tuition.

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. The Arkansas Tech University school code to use on the FAFSA is 001089.

Payment Options:

  • Financial Aid
  • Payment Plan
  • Graduate Assistantships

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You could work as a(n):

  • Conservation Biologist
  • Fisheries Biologist
  • Wildlife Area Manager
  • Wildlife Biologist

Alumni of our program work at:

  • Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

View the links below to better understand the courses, the course timeline, and who your faculty will be when you enroll as an ATU student.

Credentials that stack with this degree:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences


Point of Pride

ATU has the only Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Science in Arkansas.


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