Wildlife and Fisheries Biology (B.S.)


Conservation and management are two very important words when it comes to the wildlife and fish that inhabit this world. Wildlife populations that struggle with declining populations need professionals who oversee plans to protect them as a species, while populations with the opposite problem of overwhelming numbers are equally reliant on professionals to intervene in managing their numbers. Each faces health, environmental and ecology risks. As a wildlife and fisheries biology major, you’ll learn about practices and policies that affect the animals of this world. With this major, a graduate degree is extremely important for pursuing jobs with federal and state agencies as well as with private industry. To help our students get their graduate degrees sooner, Clemson offers qualified students the opportunity to begin graduate-level work in their senior year.


  • Clemson students recently placed second at the Southeastern Wildlife Conclave sponsored by The Wildlife Society.
  • Qualified students have an option to pursue our five-year bachelor’s/master’s degree program.
  • Your classroom is the forestland and freshwater that surround Clemson.
  • Within walking distance of campus are 17,500 acres of Experimental Forest dedicated to education, research and recreation.
  • Our students are encouraged to pursue graduate studies in order to be competitive for careers with both public and private industry.
  • Our graduates may find themselves in hip-waders in a stream collecting samples for research or in a business suit lobbying for policy protecting our wildlife.


Clemson is home to more than 17,500 acres of forestland and 56,000 acres of freshwater — and this is where our students study! Freshmen complete entry-level course work in biology, chemistry and mathematics, and then the doors to the outside world fling wide open. Course work quickly migrates to topics such as wildlife biology, wildlife damage management, herpetology, conservation biology and freshwater ecology.

Throughout your classes, you’ll learn about the careful balance of protecting our wildlife and ecosystems while also understanding human demands on our environment. In this program, you’ll be given the flexibility to choose from approved classes to create a curriculum that fits with your specific career goals. You may choose to take classes that explore the nutritional needs of wildlife, or you may be more interested in exploring the policies and laws that protect the natural environment.

Combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science Plan
Get a jump-start on your graduate degree with our five-year bachelor’s/master’s degree program. You can take up to 12 hours of graduate credit that counts toward both your Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in wildlife and fisheries biology.

Popular Minors

  • Animal Science
  • Biological Sciences
  • Crops and Soil Environmental Science
  • Forest Resource Management
  • Park and Protected Area Management
  • Political Science


Whether for academics or recreation, there are opportunities for you here in Clemson’s backyard.

Wildlife conclaves provide students a chance to compete for their schools in an academic quiz bowl focused on wildlife management and conservation. Events also include shooting sports, archery, and tree and plant identification.
Join Clemson’s relatively new shotgun club team. In 2011 they won first place in the sporting clays event at the Association of College Unions International National Collegiate Shotgun Championships.
Students have a number of opportunities to get engaged in Creative Inquiry, our undergraduate research program. An ongoing project at Clemson has been looking at methods for managing urban wildlife populations.



Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It's about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of our most recent students.


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  • 21-40%
  • 11-20%
  • 0-10%


  • Fisheries Biologist/Technician

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Senior Conservation Biologist

    Audubon Texas
  • Wildlife Biologist/Technician

    S.C. Department of Natural Resources
  • Wildlife Biologist

    Collins Pine Company
  • Groundfish Observer

    Alaskan Observers, Inc.
  • Extension Associate

    Clemson Extension
  • Agricultural Educator

    Toombs County Middle School, Ga.


  • Master of Agricultural Education

    Clemson University
  • D.V.M.

    Royal Veterinary College, University of London
  • Master’s

    Mississippi State University
  • D.V.M.

    Auburn University
  • Master’s

    University of Georgia
  • M.S. Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology

    NC State University


  • Fish and Wildlife Management
    • Scientist
    • Biologist
    • Technician
    • Facilities Management
    • Law Enforcement
  • Parks, Recreation and Tourism
    • Recreation Specialist
    • Environmental Educator
    • Park Administrator, Naturalist or Superintendent
  • Management and Conservation
    • Consulting
    • Research and Conservation Biologist
    • Land Use Planning and Analytics
    • Real Estate
    • Education
  • Policy and Planning
    • Administration
    • Planning and Compliance
    • Policy and Law
    • Lobbyist
    • Economist
    • Consulting
  • Science and Biotechnology
    • Research and Development
    • Regulatory and Toxicology
    • Field, Lab or Research Technician
  • Wildlife Communication and Education
    • Technical Writing
    • Public Relations and Journalism
    • Tourism
    • Political Action and Lobbying
    • Teaching (Traditional and Nontraditional)

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