Wildlife biology is about the biology, ecology, and behaviour of vertebrate animals, especially mammals, birds and fishes. This specialization focuses on the management and conservation of wildlife species and their habitats, recognizing that wildlife species are important in ecosystems and are important to society.
Many of the courses in the specialization are ‘hands on’, and will take students into a field setting to study wildlife in their natural environments. The specialization focuses on the most recent techniques and findings in wildlife research, and how they have and can be applied to real world problems in conserving wildlife and minimizing human-wildlife conflicts.
Macdonald Campus is an ideal location to study wildlife biology. Students are surrounded by a number of opportunities for hands on experiences, including: The Lyman Museum, Canada’s largest arboretum (Morgan Arboretum), a full-scale bird observatory (McGill Bird Observatory), the Ecomusem Zoo and field courses to Africa, Barbados, Panama and the desert.
THIS SPECIALIZATION MAY BE TAKEN WITH THE FOLLOWING MAJORS: Environmental Biology
For questions about the Wildlife Biology Specialization, please contact the bsc-advisor.agenvsc [at] mcgill.ca (student advisor).
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
To view the list of courses:
Bachelor of Science (Agricultural and Environmental Sciences) (B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.)) - Wildlife Biology (24 Credits)
Offered by:Natural Resource Sciences
Degree:B SC Agricu and Environm Sc
This specialization focuses on the ecology of vertebrate animals, their biological and physical environment, and the interactions that are important in the management of ecological communities and wildlife species. Students have access to local wildlife resources including the Avian Science and Conservation Centre, the McGill Arboretum, the Stonycroft Wildlife Area, the Molson Reserve, and the Ecomuseum.
For information on academic advising, see: http://www.mcgill.ca/macdonald/studentinfo/advising
Required Courses (16 credits)
Complementary Courses (8 credits)
Note: A 2-credit course may replace one of the complementary courses with permission of the advisor.
For more information, see Programs, Courses and University Regulations.
CAREER PATHS CAN INCLUDE:
Wildlife Biologist; Conservation Biologist; Government Research Scientist (e.g. Canadian Wildlife Service, Parks Canada, Provincial Environment/Natural Resource Departments); Environmental Consultant; Wildlife Enforcement; Wildlife Veterinarian; University Researcher; Zoo Careers; Wildlife Education
For more career paths, please visit the Career Planning Service (CaPS) website.