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Wildlife Biology Degree

Turn your passion for animals and the outdoors into a rewarding career.

Why Study Wildlife Biology at Keystone College?

Connect one-on-one with faculty, fellow students, and other professionals through classroom instruction, hands-on learning, and internships:

  • Conduct research, work with your peers and mentors, and learn first-hand the latest skills to succeed in wildlife sciences.
  • Engage with faculty and peers through research experiences, the senior seminar, and capstone research projects, and present your work at the annual research symposium and regional and national conferences.
  • Learn and explore using Keystone’s 170-acre Woodlands Campus with ponds, streams, wetlands, Lake Manataka Environmental Field Station, and Little Rocky Glen which provide unparalleled learning opportunities.
  • Gain experience in the field by completing internships for local businesses and industries.
  • Pursue careers in a variety of public service and private industry environments.

Receive personalized attention and top-notch instruction in a supportive environment:

  • Our Stairs to Success developmental plan for success will guide you through your time at Keystone.
  • 92% of students receive financial aid.
  • Over 150 scholarships are awarded yearly.

What can I do with a Wildlife Biology degree?

Graduates of the Wildlife Biology 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.

Career Options

  • Environmental Scientist
  • Ecologist
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Climate Change Risk Assessor
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Park Ranger

Employers

  • Bureau of State Parks
  • PA American Water Company
  • Pennsylvania Game Commission
  • USDA Forest Service
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Philadelphia Zoo
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Contact

Dr. Jessica Faux
Program Director of Wildlife Biology
570-945-8405
NSM@keystone.edu

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Successful Giant: Ty Sharrow '21

Ty SHarrow
Class of 2021 Outstanding Graduate Ty Sharrow has conducted research in the fields of conservation biology and ornithology and has presented his research at international conferences.  He is attending Arkansas State University for his master’s in Biology.

Exceptional experiences.
Giant outcomes.

13:1

Keystone student-to-faculty ratio

8%

increase in jobs over the next 10 years

94%

Keystone students employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation

$66,350

Median annual salary for wildlife biology careers

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Amazing opportunities—on campus and beyond

From internships and experiential learning opportunities to travel and conferences, you’ll have many opportunities to conduct real-world experiences, work with your peers and mentors in your chosen field, and learn first-hand the latest skills to succeed in the real world.

Research

Participate in a foundational experience focused in the wildlife sciences through extensive classroom instruction, guided laboratory experiences, and independent research experiences.

Internships

Connect with professionals through  hands-on learning and internships such as: US Fish and Wildlife Service and Philadelphia Zoo.

Erika Schwoyer
Wildlife Student With Lizard

Connections

Students in the Eco Club and Student Wildlife Society Chapter participate in individual projects and observe group demonstrations, and attend the American Chemical Society conference and other excursions.

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“Keystone College and my internship at the Philadelphia Zoo taught me the value of teamwork. I learned how to push myself to succeed beyond my comfort zone, and have confidence I never had thanks to
Keystone College.”

Erika Schwoyer ’20
Seasonal Wildlife Biologist Aide at Pennsylvania Game Commission

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Woodlands Campus

The 170-acre Woodlands Campus features a nature preserve, apiary, maple sugaring operation, streams, and several hiking trails. The outdoor classrooms and field stations provide unparalleled opportunities for outdoor discovery and learning opportunities.

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Howard Jennings Nature Preserve

The College dedicated a portion of its beautiful 170 acre Woodlands Campus as a nature preserve, that will not be developed in any way, to honor the years of dedication of Professor Howard Jennings.

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Sugar Shack

Keystone College is very fortunate to have its own small maple sugaring operation that includes a sugar shack with an evaporator and a sugarbush, where we have approximately 275 taps deployed.

Featured Faculty

Robert D. Cook, PhD, PG

Robert D. Cook, PhD, PG

Professor of Physical Science   
Kayleigh Delfino, MPH

Kayleigh Delfino, MPH

Laboratory Manager and Instructor of Biology and Public Health
Jessica Faux, PhD

Jessica Faux, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology; Program Director of Wildlife Biology, Environmental Biology, Environmental Science, and Environmental Studies
Joseph Iacovazzi, MS

Joseph Iacovazzi, MS

Assistant Professor of Biology
Erin Johnson, MPH

Erin Johnson, MPH

Laboratory Assistant and Instructor of Biology and Public Health
Youyu Phillips, PhD

Youyu Phillips, PhD

Professor of Mathematics  
Patrick M. Ratchford, PhD

Patrick M. Ratchford, PhD

Assistant Professor of Mathematics  
Vicki A. Stanavitch, PhD

Vicki A. Stanavitch, PhD

Associate Professor of Public Health and Chair of Biological and Physical Sciences and Mathematics

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