Wildlife Biology

Bachelor of Science | College of Science and Health Professions
Edinboro University

Become certified as an Associate Wildlife Biologist.

Answer the call of the wild and become a wildlife biologist, where you will study the habits and habitats of animals as they interact with their ecosystems. The Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology program will put you on the right track. It is specifically designed to help you gain certification as an Associate Wildlife Biologist through the Wildlife Society.

Our broad-based curriculum is founded on evidence-based science. You’ll gain a fundamental knowledge of botany, zoology, genetics and ecology, as well as the management and conservation of wildlife. All lectures and labs are taught by faculty members, not graduate assistants. The classes are small, so you’ll have the opportunity to work closely with faculty experts, participate in their research and present at local, regional or national meetings.

After graduation, you’ll have the skills you need to succeed in graduate school or obtain a meaningful job as a federal biologist, zookeeper, state biologist, naturalist, or consultant at a private firm.

Expert Faculty

Accomplished faculty instruct, guide, and inspire Edinboro students to achieve and lead. EU faculty are recognized for their commitment to student success and creating a personal and engaging academic environment.

Experiential Learning

The Edinboro experience extends well beyond the classroom. EU students prepare for careers and life through opportunities for hands-on learning, collaborative research with faculty, global travel, and internships.

Modern Facilities

Fighting Scots live, work, and play in state-of-the-art facilities on EU’s picturesque 585-acre campus. Located just 20 miles south of Erie, Pennsylvania’s fourth-largest city, Edinboro is bustling with exciting activities.

Discover the relationship between biology and the environment.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts jobs will increase 11% for environmental occupations by 2026.

Why choose Edinboro?

If you know you want to be a wildlife specialist, Edinboro’s program leads you to certification. But if you’re open to other environmental careers, we provide plenty of options. At Edinboro, you’ll be held to high standards and well prepared to work as a wildlife biologist or continue your education in graduate school. As a Wildlife Biology major you will:

Take at least one research intensive course and complete a capstone experience to make certain you have practical hands-on experience.

Have the opportunity to present your research at local, regional or national meetings.

Have the opportunity for an internship with environmental organizations such as wildlife rehabilitation centers, DCNR, PA Fish and Game Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, nature centers, zoos, aquariums, aviaries and state parks.

Get hands-on experience at summer field classes at the University of Pittsburgh’s Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology.

Network with successful alumni working in a variety of environmental occupations.

Where do you go from here?

Graduates from our program find immediate employment working as zoo keepers, aquarists, naturalists, consultants or biologists. Many also go on to graduate school, pursuing advanced degrees in areas such as:

Animal Behavior

Conversation Biology


Environmental Biology

Fisheries Biology

Wildlife Biology


Prepare for a rewarding career.


Dr. Nina Thumser, Department Chair
Email: nthumser@edinboro.edu
Phone: 814.732.2529

Edinboro University

219 Meadville St, Edinboro, PA 16444
Phone: 814.732.2000