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Wildlife Biology

Wildlife biology is a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of wild animals and their habitats.

The wildlife biology program at Keystone College is enhanced by field biology courses in fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, plant identification, and stream ecology. We provide a wonderful learning atmosphere utilizing our unique location in northeast Pennsylvania. We have a 170-acre Woodland Campus with ponds, streams, wetlands, Lake Manataka Environmental Field Station, and Little Rocky Glen which provide unparalleled learning opportunities in Wildlife Biology.

Natural Science – Wildlife Biology Concentration B.S. Degree

Wildlife Biology concentration at Keystone College is an environmentally-focused program that integrates zoology, botany, ecology, geology and chemistry.

This major is designed to provide students with a foundation in cellular biology, whole organism, evolutionary biology and environmental science, ecology as well as in chemistry and mathematics.

Wildlife Biology A.A. Degree

At Keystone College, the Wildlife Biology program is an environmentally-focused program designed to meet the educational needs of students interested in zoology, botany, ecology, geology and chemistry.

Real World Experiences for Wildlife Biology Majors

Hands-on Opportunities

What an experience: Professor Jerry Skinner, Ph.D., and members of his wildlife biology class traveled to nearby LeRaysville in Bradford County to get a glimpse of the seldom-seen snowy owl. The bird is native to the Arctic Tundra and is known to travel south in the winter, just not this far south.

Observation and Analysis

Field experiences are focused on understanding ecosystems including exposure to a wide variety of habitats, field observations, and collection and analysis of data.

Identification

Students are expected to be able to identify flora and fauna of an area and learn collection, observation, and census techniques.

International Field Work Opportunities

Wildlife Biology students also have the opportunity to participate in field work abroad to study subjects such as humming birds in locations like Belize or Costa Rica.

Your Future in Wildlife Biology

Graduates of the Wildlife Biology B.S. program will be grounded in the fundamentals of natural science and prepared to enter graduate programs in fields such as biology (ecology & evolution, genetics, etc.), environmental science, public health, or public policy. Students will also be prepared for careers in fields such as public policy, conservation, science education, and public health.

The Wildlife Biology A.A. degree will prepare you to transfer into a bachelor’s program at Keystone or choose career opportunities for wildlife biologists that are with state and federal agencies or consulting firms. Most jobs require the application of biological concepts to the management of the wildlife resource for the public good.

Curriculum Guide

Curriculum Guide for the Wildlife Biology B.S. Degree
First Year 

First Semester

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  • General Biology I
  • College Writing I
  • General Chemistry I
  • First Year Seminar
  • Critical and Analytical Reading or Critical and Analytical Reading exempt

Second Semester

  • Field Biology
  • General Biology II
  • General Chemistry II
  • College Writing II
  • Calculus I
Second Year 

First Semester

  • Field Biology
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Speech Communications
  • GIS / GPS
  • Environmental Policy & Management
  • Health and Wellness Elective

Second Semester

  • Art and Humanities Elective (Area 1)
  • Field Biology
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Natural Science Elective or Math Elective
  • Global Change
Third Year 

First Semester

  • Introduction to Ecology
  • Ethics Elective (Diversity)
  • Physical Geology
  • American National Government or State and Local Government

Second Semester

  • Arts and Humanities Elective 2,000+ level
  • Field Biology
  • Field Biology
  • Environmental Internship
  • Statistics
  • Natural Science Elective or Math Elective
 Fourth Year 

 First Semester

  • Field Biology
  • Genetics
  • Biology Seminar and Research
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Statistics and Research
  • Natural Science Elective or Math Elective

Second Semester

  • Field Biology
  • Capstone Research Project
  • Natural Science Elective or Math Elective
  • Natural Science Elective or Math Elective
  • Social and Behavioral Science Elective 2,000+ level

Disclaimer: The courses listed above are a sampling for marketing purposes only. Students should consult the College catalog and their academic advisor for course selection and degree progress. Students will work closely with an academic advisor to select courses and/or academic minors that fit their interests, as well as with the Career Development Center for career goals. While the academic advisor assists the student in planning his/her curriculum, the student is ultimately responsible for meeting the requirements of the curriculum selected.

Curriculum Guide for the Wildlife Biology A.S. Degree
First Year 
First Semester

  • U.S. History I or U.S. History II
  • General Biology I
  • General Chemistry I
  • Speech Communications
  • College Writing I
  • First Year Seminar
  • Critical and Analytical Reading or Critical and Analytical Reading exempt
Second Semester

  • Arts and Humanities Elective (Area 2)
  • Field Biology
  • Field Biology
  • General Biology II
  • General Chemistry II
  • College Writing II
  • Calculus I (Math Elective)
Second Year
First Semester

  • Field Biology
  • Introductory Ecology
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • General Physics I
  • Science Elective
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective (Discipline 1)
Second Semester

  • Field Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Experiential Learning
  • Health and Wellness Elective
  • Western Civilization
  • General Physics II or Organic Chemistry II or Calculus II
  • General Psychology or Introduction to Sociology (Social and Behavioral Science Elective Discipline 2

Disclaimer: The courses listed above are a sampling for marketing purposes only. Students should consult the College catalog and their academic advisor for course selection and degree progress. Students will work closely with an academic advisor to select courses and/or academic minors that fit their interests, as well as with the Career Development Center for career goals. While the academic advisor assists the student in planning his/her curriculum, the student is ultimately responsible for meeting the requirements of the curriculum selected.

College Catalog

See the official college catalog for all course descriptions and degree requirements.

Our Successful Graduates

Wildlife Biology B.S.  Alumni
Alumni have gone on to graduate study in ecology, and veterinary science, and careers with the Environmental Protection agency, Fish and Game Commission, Park Ranger, and wildlife rehabilitation

Wildlife Biology A.A. Alumni
Wildlife Biology A.A. graduates have secured positions with the following companies/agencies: Bureau of State Parks, Ducks Unlimited, Earhtbox, Inc., Garden Path, Inc., New Jersey State Parks, PA American Water Company, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Pennsylvania Game Commission, Quantum Analytical & Environmental Laboratories, Sullivan County Conservation District, USDA Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Validation Technologies, Inc., YSM Landscape Architects, pollution abatement companies, and consultation firms.

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Hands on Experience

Study Abroad

You can explore your academic goals in an international setting and global environment. The experience of living in a new country will build your self-confidence, add valuable skills to your tool box, and will alter how you view yourself, the world, and your own country.

Internships and Field Experiences

Not all education happens in the classroom. Internships and other field experiences give students the opportunity to learn through direct hands-on experiences outside of the classroom with a real world experience in the field.

Undergraduate Research

The process of research and discovery while working with a faculty mentor enriches the learning process and creates positive attributes which will last a lifetime. Undergraduate research encompasses both traditional research and creative endeavors.