Wildlife Biology | Hastings College

Wildlife Biology

Why Major in Wildlife Biology?

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 even 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.

Go further with a Hastings education

Most Hastings College students complete their degree in four years, and our four-year guarantee is here to back it up. This means you’ll work closely with your advisor to chart a course in your major. Study abroad, do a service project or lead a club—there’s time, support and a plan for everything.

Want to see how you can graduate in four years? Check out our semester-by-semester degree plan.

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.

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.. Some students expand their understanding of the world by studying abroad. Many take advantage of January Term (J-Term) to gather 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.

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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 and test scores. Plus talent scholarships for everything from speech (forensics) to the arts to athletics are available.

First employers for recent graduates

  • Blank Park Zoo
  • Calamus State Recreation Area
  • Rydell National Wildlife Refuge
  • Great Lakes Research Center
  • U.S. Meat Animal Research Center

Success in Wildlife Biology and Biology

Jordan Johnson, a senior music major with a biology minor, spent her summer developing organizational, promotional and social media skills while being exposed to the music industry. As an intern for Hear Nebraska in Grand Island, Johnson worked for... more
As a junior in college, biology major Grant Jerabek is already taking steps to improve modern cancer technologies. Jerabek’s internship this summer with San Diego, California-based Biocept Inc. takes him into the lab, immersing him in experiments... more
An Omaha native and Hastings College wildlife biology major, senior Ashlyn Ocander dreams of rescuing and rehabilitating marine mammals. Her passion for marine biology blossomed when she was 13 and witnessed newborn sea turtles returning to the Gulf... more
Sophomore biology major Alex Stogdill traveled to Nevada for January Term, or J-Term, to shadow a professional dermatologist. After nearly a month of observing the trade, Stogdill would leave the silver state and return to the Nebraska good life... more
Two internships are better than one. Or in sophomore biology major Geena Piper’s case, two internships during a single January Term. Piper has raised the bar and has already started preparing herself for a career after graduation. For the first half... more