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Wildlife Biology and Conservation Major

Wildlife Biology and Conservation

Admission Requirements

Protecting Organisms in Our Ecosystems

 Help Preserve At Risk Species

Gain an understanding of ecological and evolutionary factors impacting the sustainability of species and an understanding of how to manage natural systems and/or species that are at risk or invasive.

 Tackle Contemporary Wildlife Issues

Assess the complex interplay between science, socioeconomic factors and public opinion in the forging of public policy decisions and the value of interdisciplinary approaches to understanding complex problems in wildlife biology.

 Gain Hands-on Experience

Take advantage of opportunities for hands-on experience in the field working with plants and animals in a variety of ecosystems, building on core program themes of ecology, evolution and conservation.

Why Wildlife Biology and Conservation?

As a truly unique program, there is currently no other major in Canada that explicitly integrates ecology, evolution, and conservation into a 4-year major, building on the University of Guelph’s long-standing reputation in the areas of biology and natural resources management.

This degree empowers you to explore the relationship between ecosystems and organisms, from the molecular level to populations, as well as how we can preserve at-risk species through natural system management and interdisciplinary approaches through the lens of ecology, evolution, and conservation.

Students in the Wildlife Biology and Conservation (WBC) major at the University of Guelph might also be interested in studying Animal Biology, Animal Science, Biodiversity, Marine and Freshwater Biology, Zoology, or other majors.

What You Will Learn

Semester 1
  • Discovering Biodiversity
  • General Chemistry I
  • Elements of Calculus I
  • Physics for Life Sciences
Semester 2
  • Biological Concepts of Health
  • Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • General Chemistry II
  • Physics for Life Sciences II

Semester 3
  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Foundations in Molecular Biology and Genetics
Semester 4
  • Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Biostatistics for Integrative Biology

Semester 5
  • Laboratory and Field Work in Ecology
Semester 6
  • Methods in Evolutionary Biology
  • Populations, Communities and Ecosystems
  • Conservation Biology

Semester 7
  • Ecological Methods
  • Wildlife Conservation and Management
Semester 8
  • Natural Resource Policy Analysis

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Gain Valuable Experience Through Co-op

The Wildlife Biology and Conservation co-op is a five-year program with four co-op work terms. This co-op prepares students for their work terms by helping them develop professional attitudes and skills expected in the workplace as well as helping to build a toolkit of resume and cover letter writing as well as interview skills.

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