Wildlife Biology

B.S in Wildlife Biology
Bachelor of Science
The Unity College Bear Study Video 

The multi-year bear study involves both faculty and students and includes trapping, tracking, and in at least one case, the attachment of a video camera to a Maine black bear. Video by Unity College Students. 

The Wildlife Biology program immerses students into the depths of wildlife science. Students who are serious about researching the biology and habitats of our free-ranging wild mammals and birds receive a solid background of biological and ecological knowledge for sustaining populations in our ever-changing environment. 

Program courses include a full range of wildlife courses such as North American Wildlife and Wildlife Habitat and Assessment, plus advanced biological and ecological science courses such as Cell Biology, Comparative Animal Physiology, Evolution and Population Genetics, and Ecosystem Ecology.

Graduates of the Wildlife Biology program are qualified to pursue careers as wildlife biologists and technicians; however, they are encouraged to pursue further education in graduate degree programs to enhance their ability to be successful in the highly competitive field of wildlife research. 

Students wishing to pursue graduate studies should also consider completing the Graduate School Core for Biological Sciences in addition to their Wildlife Biology curriculum.


Rewarding research opportunities include: 

Unity College Bear Study - Work in the Field at Unity College

Monitoring black bears in the Northwoods

This ongoing study analyizes blood samples, DNA and the tracking of Maine black bears. Student researchers gain high level, hands-on research experience, working on what may be the only undergraduate bear study in the United States. Associate Professor George Matula says that the Unity College program, with permission from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW), is providing valuable data on Maine black bears in the Unity area, which is not one of the focus areas of the longstanding MDIFW bear study. Read more about the Unity College Black Bear Study

Wood Duck Nest Boxes at Unity College

Maintaining wood duck nest boxes

Unity College has collected information on wood duck nest boxes for decades. Having this long-term data set gives students insight into the natural history of the species. Maintaining nest boxes is an important connection to the wildlife profession, as wood ducks are a major conservation success story due largely to artificial nesting structures. Boxes are accessed in late winter when foot travel on streams and lakes is possible. Snowshoeing to investigate duck use, clutch size and hatching success is an important aspect of being a wildlife biologist. 

Wild Turkey Disease Surveillance - Undergraduate Research Experiences at Unity College

Conducting wild turkey disease surveillance

A group from the Wildlife Capstone class is working with Kelsey Sullivan of Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife and Peter Milligan of U. Maine-Augusta to obtain tissue samples from live turkeys as part of a disease surveillance project. The group is identifying the presence of Lymphoproliferative Disease Virus (LPDV) and its effects and potential implications in Maine. Students are locating potential trap sites, obtaining landowner permission, and maintaining bait stations. They then monitor remote cameras to identify turkey use patterns to schedule capture efforts.