Academics

Photo: student with birdThe Wildlife curriculum focuses on APPLIED VERTEBRATE ECOLOGY. That is, student learning is directed toward understanding the distribution and abundance of species (ecology), with a special emphasis on mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians (vertebrates). This information is in turn applied to real-world issues to help inform conservation and management decisions for species and their habitats.

The class room curriculum is augmented by the facilities available at Humboldt State, including the newly renovated Wildlife and Fisheries Building with state-of-the-art labs. Humboldt’s wildlife students also benefit from living close to the ocean and forests; students frequently take field trips for hands-on, outdoor learning.

Humboldt’s Wildlife graduates do well as: wildlife biologists, wildlife refuge mangers, biological consultants, park rangers, conservation scientists, fish and game wardens, forestry technicians, range conservationists, and agricultural planners.


Photo: students tagging microtus Undergraduate Program

Our undergraduate program is nationally recognized, as evidenced by the outstanding record of our “conclave team”, which has won 21 out of the 33 years it has competed in a regional competition with schools from other western universities. The Wildlife faculty is comprised of ornithologists and mammalogists with expertise in population ecology, animal behavior, wildlife-habitat relationships, disease, environmental ethics, animal energetics and community ecology.

Undergraduate Degree Requirements

First Year Advising


Photo: student with ratGraduate Program

The Wildlife graduate program prepares students in applied vertebrate ecology through a curriculum founded on scientific principles, with an emphasis on the natural history of terrestrial vertebrates. The curriculum stresses a rigorous mix of laboratory, field and computer exercises based on the application of ecological theory to management and conservation issues. Students gain significant quantitative skills by completing additional coursework in biology, biometry, math, natural resources and other disciplines, depending on their research interests. In addition, students must conduct independent research and complete a thesis under the supervision of their graduate advisor. Students that are interested in enrolling in the graduate program are encouraged to visit the web sites of Wildlife faculty to obtain more information about their research interests. For more information about applying to the graduate program, contact:

Natural Resources Graduate Program
College of Natural Resources and Sciences
Humboldt State University
Arcata, CA 95521
Forestry Building, Room 101
Pat Comella
(707) 826-3256
Master's Degree Requirements

Graduate Application Procedures