Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree Fisheries and Wildlife Biology Concentration

About Fisheries and Wildlife Biology

Be ready to meet the growing need for fisheries and wildlife management professionals.

You have always been passionate about the outdoors and the work to serve and preserve the natural world. You can fulfill your dream of a meaningful career with the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies at California University of Pennsylvania. This bachelor's degree program offers a broad core of courses in biology and ecology, supplemented with courses in chemistry, physics and mathematics. And you can specialize in fisheries and wildlife biology as your concentration.

The environmental studies curriculum provides essential field opportunities through internships and undergraduate research projects in the environmental and conservation sciences. This core content is enhanced by the breadth of the University's general education requirements. 

Learn, specialize and prepare for professional certification.

The fisheries and wildlife biology concentration in the environmental studies program at Cal U provides a broad-based curriculum that introduces you to the various techniques and philosophies of fisheries and wildlife management. Almost all courses include a laboratory portion where you'll study the practical application of scientific theories and learn about scientific instruments and various organisms.  

Our undergraduate curriculum includes those courses identified by the Wildlife Society and the American Fisheries Society as critical for a premier education and for preparation to become certified by either society upon graduation. This undergraduate program also incorporates many applied education experiences so students can network with future employers and develop professional contacts. Many of our graduates continue their studies in graduate school, while others enter the workforce.


Concentrations: You'll develop intellectual and analytical skills to understand and solve environmental problems through the curriculum for the bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies. Cal U's challenging and interdisciplinary programs foster your expertise in environmental studies, along with in-depth study of specific interests with one of these five concentrations:

Solid foundation: An interdisciplinary field, environmental studies applies knowledge from many fields to the study and management of the environment. The curriculum focuses on developing an understanding of the physical sciences, chemistry and physics, and a working knowledge of mathematics and statistics. Students study such topics as ecology, ecosystems and human impacts upon them, biodiversity, pollution, energy, and sustainability. You'll be equipped to design, analyze and interpret environmental information and data.

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Student-to-faculty ratio at Cal U.
Credit hours for the bachelor's degree in environmental studies, which can be completed in eight semesters or four years.
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Degree Benefits

The environmental studies degree concentration in fisheries and wildlife biology offers you the flexibility to focus on a specific content area leading tocertification by the American Fisheries Society or the Wildlife Society, if desired.  The objectives for this concentration are to:

  • Develop knowledge of biological processes and structures occurring in fisheries and wildlife
  • Provide laboratory and field experiences that promote scientific inquiry and experimental methods in the environmental sciences and ecology.
  • Create opportunities for student research projects.
  • Assist students with course selection that will enhance their chosen career
  • Set the necessary foundation for continued professional growth in graduate school.
  • Teach skills required for entry-level career positions with industry and governmental organizations.
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Graduate Outcomes

A steady demand exists for wildlife and fishery biologists among private industry (e.g., consulting firms) and by state (e.g., the Pennsylvania Game and Fish commissions) and federal organizations such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Some students also choose to go on for master's or doctoral degrees. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more zoologists and wildlife biologists will be needed to study the impact that human population growth and development has on wildlife and its natural habitats. Increased demand for outdoor recreation and open space, as well as fish for the table, has also resulted in a steady increase in the need for qualified aquatic ecologists and fisheries scientists. As energy demands intensify, fisheries and wildlife biologists will be needed to better manage the nation's renewable natural resources.

Environmental Studies (B.S.) Conservation Ecology Concentration
Cal U professor takes students outside for field work in environmental studies.

Vital Resources

Students take classes in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, which is housed in a building equipped with a computer lab, , animal rooms, greenhouse, herbarium and vertebrate teaching museum. Cal U students also benefit from various academic societies and clubs: Beta Beta Beta is the national honor society for biological sciences. The student chapter of the Wildlife Society connects students with the professional community to study, manage and conserve wildlife and their habitats worldwide. Open to all interested students, the Biology Club explores career opportunities, offers behind-the-scenes tours of zoos and museums

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Professional Connections

Cal U graduates in environmental studies hold positions at a wide range of employers, including Greene County (Pa.) Soil and Water Conservation District, National Park Service, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, JRJ Energy Services, Pittsburgh City Parks, Murray American Energy and U.S. Forest Service. Program alumni also are engaged in graduate studies at locations such as the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in California and Ohio University.

Statewide Cooperative

Based at Cal U, Partners for Fish and Wildlife is a cooperative effort among many agencies throughout Pennsylvania. The program works to restore habitat for wildlife on agricultural and other lands by constructing stream bank fencing, stream crossings, wetlands, grasslands and border-edge cuts. Partners for Fish and Wildlife works with landowners to improve water quality and wildlife

Through its relationship with the Interdisciplinary Center for Environmental Studies (ICES), Partners for Fish and Wildlife makes internships available for Cal U students.


B.S., Environmental Studies Courses

Through your curriculum, you'll develop intellectual and analytical skills to help understand and solve environmental problems, while developing expertise in conservation ecology.

Course Examples
  • General Zoology
  • General Chemistry
  • General Botany
  • Introduction To Cellular And Molecular Biology
  • Calculus
  • General Physics
  • General Ecology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Principles Of Wildlife Management
  • Forest Ecology And Dendrology

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B.S., Environmental Studies - Concentrations and Minors

  • Environmental Studies (Minor)

Environmental Studies Faculty

Dr. David G. Argent


Dr. Summer Arrigo-Nelson
Associate Professor


Dr. Carol Bocetti


Dr. David Boehm


Dr. Paula Caffrey
Assistant Professor


Dr. Chadwick Hanna
Associate Professor


Dr. Sarah Meiss
Associate Professor


Dr. Louise Nicholson
Associate Professor


Dr. Brian Paulson


Dr. Mark Tebbitt
Associate Professor


Dr. Robert S. Whyte


Dr. Ed Zuchelkowski