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Wildlife Conservation

Bachelor of Science

Next start date is February 22. Applying is easy and free!

Study and save wild species

Protect wild animals and their habitats. Address social, economic, and environmental pressures on wildlife. Strike a balance between human needs and nature.

With a Unity College Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Conservation, you’ll graduate ready for work as a wildlife biologist or conservation scientist or with a strong foundation for graduate school. Blend online study with hands-on field work.

Start your journey into the wild—apply online.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are students saying?

“Dr. Washburn offered some constructive criticism early in this course, which at first I took personally, however, as I came to my senses I realized her guidance was led by her experience and expertise and every bit of her criticism was offered to help me polish my assignments and hone my skills. I started paying attention to her comments, taking them to heart and following her advice. I am so very appreciative to her for challenging me each step along the way in this course, offering guidance when asked, or when needed, and for being not just an amazing educator, but a mentor”. 

“This has been the most challenging course I have taken, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Every assignment and discussion post I was pushed to do more and was given tips on how to do so”.

“This course used tools that will be very beneficial for the future in my education as well as career in conservation”.

“I enjoyed the use of documentaries and case studies to view the different stakeholder views. Putting it in practice helped to reinforce the readings”.

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


Median U.S. zoologist and wildlife biologist pay in 2018.


Estimated U.S. job growth for zoologists and wildlife biologists through 2028. 

*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.

What to expect as a wildlife conservation major

Put your love of animals and passion for sustainability into action. Earn a completely online wildlife conservation degree from Unity. With eight start dates throughout the year, you’ll have the flexibility to start your studies when you’re ready.  

As a wildlife conservation major, you’ll benefit from:

  • Field work. Conduct research capstone projects to study wildlife issues. You’ll graduate with practical, relevant experience. 
  • Professional advising. Receive one-on-one academic support every step of the way.
  • Schedule flexibility. Study where you want, when you want. Rolling admissions let you pick a start date most convenient for you.
  • Relevant concentrations. Add a concentration in Environmental GIS or Sustainable Business to increase your marketability.
  • Career resources. Browse our online job board and use free tools through our career services department.  
  • Multiple start dates. Begin your program on your time. Choose from eight year-round start dates. 
  • Recognized courses. Unity College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.

If you’re ready to begin protecting endangered animals, apply online today.

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Wildlife conservation sample courses

  • WCON 201 Wildlife Plant Identification: Wildlands and Wildlife Habitat

    This course centers around the identification and life history of groups of plants important as habitat components of wildlife species. Students will learn major plant groups and species in forest, rangeland, grassland, agricultural, and desert environments that influence wildlife species. Students will explore life history of these plants with the goal of understanding how habitat management activities, human land use, and other activities influence populations of wildlife through changes in food and cover.

  • WCON 301 Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conservation

    Wildlife managers influence wildlife species using three ‘levers’: habitat, populations, or humans. This course addresses the human dimension of wildlife management. During the course students explore social, political, and economic concepts that are involved in effective wildlife management. Students will learn common forms of wildlife governance, the role of stakeholders, concepts from sociology, ethics, economics, management and decision-making as they relate to wildlife management.

  • WCON 405 Population Management for Wildlife and Fisheries

    Wildlife managers influence wildlife species using three ‘levers’: habitat, populations, or humans. This course addresses the population dimension of wildlife management. Students will explore how wildlife biologists measure and monitor demographic parameters of populations, including field techniques and analysis methods, with a focus on understanding strengths, weaknesses, and appropriate use of each technique. Students will consider ecological concepts and management techniques used to manipulate wildlife populations including sustainable harvest, management of threatened and endangered species, and control of overabundant species.

Degree requirements and courses

The wildlife conservation degree requires 120 credits. You may transfer in up to 90 credits from outside institutions. For more requirements, view the  Wildlife Conservation checksheet. View our full course catalog for a better look into your program. Then apply online for free to get started.