With a Wildlife Biology degree from Hastings College, students find careers as wetland scientists, conservation directors, animal care specialists at zoos, endangered species biologists or park rangers. This major covers a broad range of study — while still being able to hone in on your specific area of interest.

Do challenging, valuable work

Through a sequence of courses, you’ll build upon the basic biology major by examining diverse organisms and biological phenomena. This will equip you for a career in wildlife management at a state or national park, in research at a laboratory or in resource management on a farm. You’ll have knowledge of the details and of the broader picture of wildlife in society.

Create your future

See for yourself how we tailor your education to your talents and your goals. Schedule a visit and we’ll demonstrate how Hastings will inspire you to reach your potential, or if you’re a high school senior, apply today.

Go further with a Hastings education

Thanks to our small class sizes (most have fewer than 20 students!), and a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1, you’ll work closely with faculty and your advisor to complete your degree in four years. In fact, most students who graduate from Hastings do so in four years!

Our block-style semester structure means you’ll take just one or two classes at a time — which really lets you focus more intently on each class. It also lets faculty devote more time to every student because they’re only teaching one or two classes in a block!

Graduate with experience

At Hastings College, Wildlife Biology majors get internship opportunities at local and regional wildlife centers that open doors and help you build a supportive network likely to produce your first job or result in the perfect recommendation for graduate school. Many take advantage of additional experiences and insight that help advance career options. Every biology major completes a research presentation to demonstrate what you have discovered. What does all this mean? You’ll graduate from Hastings ready to succeed.

Along your path, you’ll appreciate the stepping stones of teaching, counseling, inspiring, supporting and guiding from our engaged faculty. It’s an experience that’s true to Hastings College, and you won’t find it anywhere else.

Your experience matters

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Maximize scholarships — Yes, you’ll get an academic scholarship. But you’ll also get a “plus one” scholarship from the group, team or area you’re part of. It’s a great way to help pay for school — but also to find your people.

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We’ve thought a lot about the ways students learn and built a four-year plan to help you navigate it all. From finding your place and in Year 1, to showing the world you’re ready for what’s next four years later.

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Your transition from college to a career begins your first semester. Every class, internship, research study and activity adds up. We love to celebrate all the ways you shine — your experience matters!

Get involved beyond the Biology classroom

  • Beta Beta Beta (Biology honor society)
  • Alpha Chi (Academic honor society)

In addition to these biology-related groups, there’s always something to do at Hastings College. Student clubs, service learning, Greek life, recreation and more make Hastings a great campus for student life.

Find scholarships for Wildlife Biology majors

Your high school achievements can both fuel and fund your success at Hastings. We offer a range of generous and renewable academic scholarships based on your GPA. Then there’s “plus one” scholarships — an additional scholarship for participating in anything from athletics to the arts to media (it’s a long list!).

It all adds up to making Hastings an great choice for you and your family.

First employers for recent graduates

  • Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center – Key Largo
  • Calamus State Recreation Area
  • Rydell National Wildlife Refuge
  • Thunder Bay Bird Observatory
  • U.S. Meat Animal Research Center
  • Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

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Success in Wildlife Biology

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