Wildlife and Fisheries Science Minor

A hands-on wilderness adventure awaits.

A minor in Wildlife and Fisheries Science gives you an understanding of the principles and practices of wildlife and fisheries conservation, research, and management. Spend time in terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Help sustain and manage our biodiversity and ecosystems for future generations.

Career paths: train to meet your outdoor career ideals.

A Wildlife and Fisheries Science minor complements other academic programs that help prepare you for a rewarding career related to natural resources research, conservation, and management, and lays a solid groundwork for advanced academic studies.

A Wildlife and Fisheries Science minor is a great option if you are:

  • concerned about society’s impact on biodiversity and ecosystems
  • passionate about protecting wildlife
  • excited about the conservation and management of wildlife and fish species
  • happiest working outdoors


For details on program requirements, suggested academic plan, and more, see the University Bulletin.

Required courses

  • Conservation Biology
  • Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation 

Sample additional courses

  • Amphibians and Reptiles
  • Ecology of Fishes
  • Fishery Management 
  • Fisheries Science 
  • Ichthyology 
  • Limnology
  • Mammalogy 
  • Ornithology 
  • Wetland Conservation 
  • Wildlife Behavior
  • Wildlife Management 

Get started.

Students may apply for admission to the Wildlife and Fisheries Science minor through LionPATH. For more information, please contact Ellen A. Rom

Studying the differences between racoons, beavers and other semiaquatic rodents at Penn State.
Penn State Wildlife and Fisheries students testing river water quality.
Students examining a deer's antlers in the field.

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