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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.

Wildlife Biology B.S. Degree

Wildlife Biology degree 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

Semester 1                

  • Science Lit Elective 
  • Gen Chemistry I                      
  • College Writing I                      
  • First Year Seminar                   
  • Speech Communications                     
  • Critical Reading 0/2                 

Semester 2                

  • Gen Biology II                           
  • Gen Chemistry II                     
  • Field Biology                              
  • College Writing II                     
  • Tech Elective                             

Semester 3                

  • Botany                         
  • Organic Chemistry I                
  • GIS/GPS                      
  • Envir Policy & Management               
  • Field Biology                              

Semester 4                

  • Arts and Humanities Elective
  • Organic Chemistry II                              
  • Quantitative Elective                             
  • Gen Ed Elective                        
  • Field Biology                              

Semester 5                

  • Moral Reasoning                     
  • Ecology                        
  • Physical Geology                     
  • Genetics                     
  • Environmental Chemistry                    

Semester 6                

  • Arts and Humanities Elective
  • Environmental Law                
  • Environmental Internship Prep                         
  • Gen Ed Elective                        
  • Comparative Anatomy                         
  • Field Biology                                              

Semester 7                

  • Field Biology                              
  • Wetland & Riparian Ecology                
  • Biology Seminar & Research                               
  • Wildlife & Fisheries Biology                 
  • Social and Cultural Elective
  • Free Elective 3000+                

Semester 8                

  • Field Biology                              
  • Capstone or 3000+ Curricular                             
  • Conservation Biology                            
  • Social and Cultural Elective
  • Evolution                    

Updated: October 2017

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 Career Services 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

Semester 1     

  • College Writing I
  • Social & Cultural Elective: General Psychology or Inro to Sociology
  • General Biology I
  • First Year Seminar
  • General Chemistry
  • Critical Reading 0/2

Semester 2  

  • General Chemistry II
  • General Biology II
  • College Writing II
  • Speech Communication
  • Field Biology
  • Field Biology

Semester 3    

  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Introductory Ecology
  • Quantitative: Calculus I
  • Tech Elective: (PC Office Applications Recommended)
  • Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Semester 4  

  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Physical Geology
  • Arts & Humanities Elective: (U. S. History I Recommended)
  • Scientific: (Global Change Recommended)
  • Field Biology
  • Field Biology

Updated: October 2017

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 Career Services 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
Our wildlife biology graduates have gone on to pursue graduate or doctorate studies in ecology, environmental toxicology, veterinary science, and biodiversity and conservation at universities such as The University of Clemson, Drexel University, and Iowa State University

Our graduateshave careers with the Environmental Protection Agency, Fish and Game Commission, and hold positions such asPark Ranger Part Naturalist for Ocean County Parks and Recreation, full-time zookeeper at Claws N’ Paws Wild Animal Park, resident director and naturalist at the Unexpected Wildlife Refuge in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey and Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator/Lab Technician at Cargill.

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.

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.

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