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Biology and Wildlife Undergraduate Programs

The Biology and Wildlife Department at UAF offers opportunities to pursue studies in either Biological Sciences or Wildlife Biology and Conservation. Three undergraduate degrees are offered:

  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biological Sciences
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biological Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Wildlife Biology and Conservation

The Biological Sciences program provides students with broad training in fields from cell and molecular biology to global ecological processes. The Wildlife Biology and Conservation program trains students in applied wildlife biology and prepares graduates for careers in agencies responsible for the management and conservation of wildlife populations.

Biological Sciences

The Biological Sciences BS and BA degree programs are built around a set of core courses that provide a foundation of biological knowledge emphasizing the connection of processes at molecular, organismal, and ecosystem levels. For more detail, see the Intended Learning Outcomes. These courses are designed to be a springboard for the development of a personalized study plan allowing you to pursue your own interests and professional goals. While the BA degree allows greater opportunity to explore the arts, humanities, and social sciences, the BS degree focuses more on the natural sciences. Both programs are augmented by courses in chemistry and biochemistry, natural resources and agricultural sciences, marine biology, and fisheries. There are over 300 students currently enrolled in our undergraduate biological sciences programs.

Wildlife Biology and Conservation

The Wildlife Biology and Conservation BS degree program provides training in the principles, methods, and tools of wildlife research, management, and conservation. It is designed for students seeking careers in private, state, and federal agencies, providing graduates with the qualifications necessary for certification as a wildlife biologist by The Wildlife Society. The curriculum also lays a solid foundation for advanced graduate study. Faculty members within our program often hire undergraduate students for summer field work, providing great opportunities to gain job experience and to make professional connections. The program is allied with the Department of Resources Management and the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Fisheries Program. There are about 75-80 undergraduates currently enrolled in our wildlife program.


Bruce Medhurst, a graduate student and teaching assistant in the B&W department, works with students in an introductory biology laboratory. Photo Credit: Todd Paris

Biology major Jeff Wells prepares to measure the weight of a duck. Photo Credit: Todd Paris

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