Why study Wildlife at Humboldt State?

Cal Poly Humboldt's nationally-recognized Wildlife program provides a rigorous curriculum, plus field experience in nearby natural habitats. Our goal: instill a sense of responsibility, appreciation, and expertise, giving students a deeper understanding of managing and conserving wildlife and ecosystems.

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Wildlife focuses on applied vertebrate ecology. That means you’ll study the distribution and abundance of species (ecology), with an emphasis on mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians (vertebrates).

You have two program options—both are academically rigorous and include ample field research opportunities under the guidance of faculty who are experts in multiple disciplines.

  • Wildlife Management & Conservation
  • Conservation Biology/Applied Vertebrate Ecology

The Master of Science degree focuses on applied vertebrate ecology, as well. With a curriculum founded on scientific principles, the program emphasizes the natural history of terrestrial vertebrates.

Featured Alumni Profile

Preston Taylor, 2014

Ungulate Specialist, Yurok Tribe

The majority of my job consists of managing feral cattle throughout the Reservation, and working to improve native elk and deer populations and their habitat. I also contribute to the Tribe's Wildlife Department goal to re-introduce condors by conducting non-lead ammunition outreach.

Career Options

Cal Poly Humboldt Wildlife students graduate with the knowledge and field research skills to pursue several meaningful careers. Many go on to work as wildlife biologists for state and federal natural resource agencies. Others join conservation organizations, private businesses such as ecological consulting firms and timber companies, and zoos and wildlife rehabilitation centers.

Here are a few examples of possible career fields.

  • Wildlife Biologists
  • Wildlife Refuge Managers
  • Biological Consultants
  • Park Rangers
  • Conservation Scientists
  • Fish and Game Wardens
  • Forestry Technicians
  • Range Conservationists
  • Agricultural Planners