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Captive Wildlife Care and Education

Bachelor of Science

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Keep wildlife wild

Rescue and rehabilitate injured animals. Explore and protect their habitats. Stop human exploitation of wild species.

Unity College’s Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Care and Education will prepare you to for work with zoos, aquariums, animal rehabilitation centers, and wildlife protection agencies, or set you up to continue your education and become a veterinarian.

Learn to make a difference in the lives of animals—apply to Unity today and start your journey.

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Number of zoologist and wildlife biologist jobs in the U.S., 2018.


Median pay for zoologists and wildlife biologists, 2018.


Estimated growth for zoologist and wildlife biologist jobs through 2028 in the U.S.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unity College cannot guarantee employment. Salary data represents averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience.

How to become a wildlife rehabilitator

Work to stop the suffering of millions of animals worldwide. Wildlife rehabilitators are needed to help communities prioritize animal safety and health in response to climate change, consumer demands, and other pressures. Earn your B.S. in Captive Wildlife Care and Education and you can go on to work as an educator, advocate, rehabilitator, or conservationist.

To become career-ready, you’ll study animal welfare, environmental enrichment, population management, and the ecological influences on animal behavior. You’ll gain experience working with animals in our on-campus animal room and livestock barn. You can even participate in internships at organizations in locations like Israel and Africa.

Learn from expert faculty. Network with your peers and begin to make career connections. Unity has been preparing future wildlife rehabilitators like you for over 50 years.

Get ready for a rewarding career protecting animals. Apply to Unity.

Degree requirements and sample courses

The captive wildlife care and education bachelor’s requires 120 credits, with 30 credits at the 3000 level or above. You’ll need a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above to graduate.

In your Unity program, you’ll take courses in biology, chemistry, math, wildlife, psychology, and communication. This will provide you with a well-rounded perspective of how to address captive wildlife issues.

Captive Wildlife Care and Education Sample Courses

  • WF 1003 North American Wildlife

    Gain knowledge of the distribution, natural history, and identification of the major game species of North America. Learn the taxonomy of big game, small game, furbearers, and waterfowl. The course also emphasizes the positive and negative societal values, along with general management considerations. You’ll take part in a lab portion, where you’ll identify specimens in-hand and in-field simulated images.

  • WF 2003 Animal Training

    Understand the theory supporting animal training through the exploration of operant conditioning. Gain an introduction to various practice and techniques that form the art of animal training. The knowledge and skills learned in this course can be applied to the training of domestic and exotic animals for medical procedures, animal husbandry, and animal handling needs.

  • BI 3323 Conservation Biology

    Learn about the biological and human dimensions of protecting biodiversity globally. Here we’ll investigate the value of biodiversity, threats to biodiversity, and practical approaches for conservation of ecosystem diversity, species diversity, and genetic diversity within species. Discover how to use a solution-based framework to address complex, multifaced problems. We’ll cover other topics such as minimum viable populations, extinction patterns, habitat fragmentation, habitat restoration, and prioritizing conservation areas.

For a closer look at the courses you’ll take, view our course catalog.

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