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Forestry - Wildlife Habitat Management and Conservation, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #921 (BCR) Carbondale, IL, United States
The Forestry - Wildlife Habitat Management and Conservation program at Southern Illinois University helps students develop a heightened expertise in ecological principles and a keen appreciation of the myriad environmental factors influencing wildlife habitats.
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The exciting curriculum is accredited by the Society of American Forestry and incorporates the biological, physical, ecological and managerial sciences. Students learn to use this knowledge efficiently in the management and administration of natural resources and resource-based recreation activities in diverse geographic and natural settings.

What will I study?

The curriculum includes a strong core of forestry and wildlife biology-oriented courses.

Students take on challenging classes in forest ecology, ecological biology, wildlife techniques, silviculture, forest economics, forest management, watershed management, park wildlands management, mapping and G.I.S., natural resources inventory and more.

In addition to classroom instruction, students participate in summer field studies to observe natural resource management activities on location.

Career Opportunities

The cutting-edge academic Forestry - Wildlife Habitat Management and Conservation program at Southern Illinois University allows students to combine their interest in forestry, wildlife and habitat conservation with a desire for an exciting and rewarding career.

Students prepare for professional careers in management and administration and work for State or Federal conservation agencies, parks or nature centers and private industry.

Graduates of our program may be certified as wildlife biologists by The Wildlife Society or enter law enforcement training to become a conservation police officer or enforcement ranger.

Yet others pursue advanced graduate studies in forestry, wildlife, natural resources or parks/recreation management.

Job titles include:

  • Wildlife biologist
  • Forest resource managers
  • Park personnel
  • Managers of wildlife and habitat
  • Conservation officer
  • Park ranger
  • Forest biologist
  • Conservation police officer
  • Enforcement ranger
  • Environmental interpretation and educational services manager
  • Forest service interpreter
  • Interpretive naturalist
  • Forestry consultant
  • Wildlife consultant

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Ecology of North American Forests
  • Tree Identification Laboratory
  • Freshwater Angling
  • Bass Fishing Techniques
  • Forest Recreation
  • Water Resources
  • Social Influences on Forestry

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

Choose from our more than 200 undergraduate programs (Majors) in eight different colleges. Determine if you meet our minimum requirements to a Bachelor's (undergraduate) program for:

  • freshmen - fewer than 26 college credits
  • transfer - more than 26 college credits
Submit an application and $40 fee on-line along with:
  • Transcripts from high school and/or college

English Proficiency

A financial statement - showing a minimum of $40,000 within the last 6 months 

No SAT is required for admission, unless you want to apply for a merit scholarship award (minimum SAT score required)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1898 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1898 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    1416 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1416 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Carbondale

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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