The Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife (FFW) major uses basic biology to create sustainable solutions for ecosystems, habitats, and plant and animal species that are affected by human use of the environment. Forestry, wildlife, and aquatic specialists address the biological, economic, and social aspects of managing forest lands, freshwater and coastal ecosystems, and fish and wildlife, and look for ways to incorporate landscape restoration and habitat conservation into their practices. The FFW major provides coursework that is required for certification by the following professional societies: the Wildlife Society, Society of American Foresters, and the American Fisheries Society.
There are 3 different tracks a student can focus on within the Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife major:
Forestry- This specialization focuses on the ecology and management of forest ecosystems. Students graduating from this specialization will be prepared for careers involving the management of private and public forest lands, pulp and timber operations in the industrial sector, domestic or international consulting, wildland firefighting, research, or teaching. The specialization track provides the necessary credentials to become a certified forester through the Society of American Foresters. The two Forestry curriculums are accredited by the Society of American Foresters.
Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences- Through this specialization, students study aquatic organisms and ecosystems, explore the sustainable use of aquatic resources, and understand how to apply science to a broad range of conservation and environmental issues. This specialization offers a dynamic learning environment where students actively engage in classroom, laboratory, and field activities in streams, rivers, wetlands and lakes. Students will be prepared for career pathways ranging from conservation and management of fisheries and aquatic resources, to aquaculture and ecosystem restoration, to environmental consulting. Additionally, many of our students continue on to receive graduate or professional degrees. Students completing the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences specialization are eligible for certification through the American Fisheries Society.
Wildlife- This specialization emphasizes managing ecosystems and populations so that all components remain healthy and balanced. Wildlife specialists play an important role in determining size and health of wildlife populations for improved management. Students following this specialization could find employment in the private sector with an environmental consulting firm, such as West, Inc, or a non-profit organization, such as the Nature Conservancy or in the public sector with a federal agency, such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, or a state agency, such as the Ohio Division of Wildlife. , Students will be prepared for careers as wildlife biologists, wildlife managers, conservation law enforcement officers, environmental educators, and researchers. This specialization provides the necessary credentials to become an Associate Wildlife Biologist through the Wildlife Society.
Students may choose one of the following combined-focus options that are designed for, but not limited to, students that expect to seek professional employment upon graduation:
-Forestry and Wildlife
-Fisheries and Wildlife
Students may select one of the following more disciplinary-intensive and science-based options that are designed for, but not limited to, students that expect to attend graduate or professional school:
- Forest Ecosystem Science and Management
- Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
- Wildlife Science
- Wildlife and Pre-Veterinary Sciences
View Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife major requirements here.