UND Wildlife Program
The UND Fisheries and Wildlife Biology (FWB) program first prepares students as biologists and second as Fisheries and Wildlife Biologists. Our students go on to work for state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, and other conservation organizations. Our alumni have moved into roles such at the Superintendent for Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Chief of the Wildlife Division of ND Game & Fish, Chief of the Fisheries Division of ND Game & Fish, Director of ND Game & Fish, and a former Director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Agencies such as North Dakota Game and Fish and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are an integral part of the program, providing guest lectures, hosting many field trips for upper division classes, and providing internship experience for our students.
We have a newly adopted curriculum in 2013 for our FWB program that provides students with early planning about how to make the most of their UND FWB degree (Biol 121 - Introduction to Fisheries and Wildlife Biology Seminar) and requires our students to get field experience through an internship or cooperative education experience (Biol 397 - Cooperative Education). Furthermore, with recognition of the increasing need and applications in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), UND FWB students are now required to take a course in GIS (Geog 474/474L) from the UND Geography Department.
Information for Current & Prospective Students
UND Wildlife Society
Students pursuing a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology are encouraged to become members of this student organization. It is a chapter of the National Chapter of The Wildlife Society (TWS), a wildlife and conservation professional organization. UND students attend the North Dakota State Chapter of The Wildlife Society Conference, providing them with important opportunities to learn about the issues facing wildlife professionals in the state and region, as well as opportunities to network with future employers.
In 2013, the UND Student Chapter celebrated its 25th year as a chapter of The Wildlife Society! In Spring of 2015 and 2017 the organization earned "UND Outstanding Student Organization" at the annual Leadership Awards Ceremony.