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 Woodlands 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.
Wildlife Biology Internships
Along with classroom instruction and laboratory analysis, Keystone stresses fieldwork as a way to prepare students for the real world challenges that face those entering the workforce in wildlife biology. Keystone College Wildlife Biology majors also gain experience in the field by completing internships for local businesses and industries. Examples of past internships and experiential learning opportunities included the Philadelphia Zoo, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Wildlands Conservancy, and the Thomas Darling Preserve.
“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.”
Class of 2020
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.
Keystone College’s 170-acre Woodlands Campus features a stream, seven miles of hiking trails, and meadows and is home to a nature preserve and maple sugaring operation. The outdoor classrooms and field stations provide unparalleled opportunities for outdoor discovery and a wonderful learning atmosphere for our environmental education courses and workshops.
Learn more about our community resource and the Keystone College Environmental Education Institute where you can discover and explore nature in this video by FOX56.
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.
“I feel really fortunate to be able to obtain a job in my field so quickly after graduation. I’m working outdoors and getting some great experience that will help me as I continue my career. Dr. Val Titus and Dr. Jerry Skinner were really great professors and they helped prepare me for my first job.”
Class of 2020
Major: Wildlife Biology
Real World Experience
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.