Wildlife Management

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Embrace the Great Outdoors

Do you want preserve and protect natural habitats? Your classroom and lab experiences will prepare you for a career as a wildlife biologist, conservation officer or game warden. Our campus is in the picturesque James River Valley, and gives you the opportunity to study river, lake and plains ecosystems, all within only a short commute.

What can you do with a wildlife management degree?

  • Wildlife biologist
  • Conservation officer
  • Fishery biologist
  • Manager of game farms
  • Zookeepers

Are you thinking about becoming a conservation officer? Our emphasis in wildlife law enforcement will put you on the right track.

Wildlife Management Courses

You might take:

  • Comparative Zoology
  • Animal Development
  • Ornithology
  • Limnology

Find more of the classes you will take in our academic catalog.


Students intern with the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks; the National Parks Service; and the South Dakota Department of Health. Former students have worked on projects involving habitat management, conservation, goose depredation and research involving West Nile Virus. Talk to your adviser about the Hughes Grant-in-Aid and other scholarship programs to find support for your internship or research.


Your senior year will include a capstone course. Conduct advanced independent research using the biological methods you have learned through your coursework. Pick a research topic with the help of your professors and adviser. This research will prepare you to put together data and information in your wildlife management career, and prepare you to conduct research in your continuing education.

Get to Know Your Professors

Learn how to care for our world from our teachers! Our low student-to-teacher ratio offers valuable one-on-one interaction with professors.

Any Questions?

Contact us anytime! Call admissions at 605-995-2650, or email us at admissions@dwu.edu.

We would love to share information with you via email, or we will mail it right to your front door.