The BSc Wildlife and Fisheries degree at UNBC is administered by the Ecosystem Science and Management Department and is one of very few degrees of its kind in Canada.
The degree provides students with a solid foundation in wildlife and fisheries biology with considerable indoor and outdoor laboratory experience. It also exposes students to an integrated approach to resource issues that confront today's professionals. A student graduating from this degree has a sound theoretical and practical background for pursuing post-graduate studies as well as embark directly into the Wildlife or Fisheries professions.
Graduates of the Wildlife and Fisheries program at UNBC have gone on to a variety of careers and advanced degrees.
The relatively small class sizes in upper-division courses provide an ideal learning environment. Faculty teaching the courses for this degree are of extremely high calibre – many of them have won UNBC teaching and research awards. Students benefit from taking courses from faculty who are actively engaged in cutting edge research as well as the practice of managing and conserving wildlife and fish populations within British Columbia and beyond. Faculty bring that knowledge and those experiences to the classroom and lab.
Learning does not stop in the classroom. UNBC has a Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society (TWS), and the only Student Chapter of TWS that emphasizes fisheries as well as wildlife. The UNBC Fish & Wildlife Student Chapter of TWS exposes students to issues and activities related to wildlife and fisheries that go beyond course learning.
Currently, a student taking all of the courses needed to complete the BSc Wildlife and Fisheries at UNBC should meet the education requirements for eligibility as a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio) in BC, The Wildlife Society of North America's Certified Wildlife Biologist Program, and the American Fisheries Society's Professional Certification Program.