About Us


We are the only program in Colorado to offer comprehensive undergraduate and graduate education in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology.  We have about 550 undergraduates and 60 graduate students enrolled in our Department.  Over 2,400 alumni are working to resolve natural-resource related issues. We contribute to the economic and ecological health of our state by assisting many individuals and agencies to solve complex environmental problems.  The Department of Fish, Wildlife, & Conservation Biology is the only program in Colorado to offer comprehensive undergraduate (bachelor of science degree) and graduate (masters and doctorate degrees) education in fisheries, wildlife, and conservation biology.

According to the Colorado Division of Wildlife Annual Report for 2007, fishing and hunting recreation are a $1.8 billion industry in Colorado.  This level of economic activity supports an estimated 21,000 full-time jobs in Colorado.  (source)


One major with 3 concentrations (wildlife biology, conservation biology, and fisheries and aquatic science) and one minor (fishery) is offered for careers in fish or wildlife biology, management, conservation, administration or research. Careers can include conservation biologist, field or lab technician, fish and wildlife law enforcement, fish hatchery manager, fishery biologist, toxicologist, wildlife biologist or wildlife rehabilitation specialist.

The department was the first in natural resources to emphasize the importance of incorporating public input and to implement two-way communications into planning and decision-making regarding wildlife policy. Students’ professional contributions range from conservation and management of game and non-game species, to computer modeling and analysis of habitat suitability and global patterns of migratory wildlife.

Students are taught to think critically about environmental issues and become ecologically literate citizens with the training to be successful in graduate school and in careers with natural resources agencies, firms and non-government organizations.

Kathryn E. Stoner serves as head of the department.

Our Graduates Find Rewarding Careers

  • Conservation biologist
  • Consultant
  • Field or lab technician
  • Fish and wildlife law enforcement
  • Fish hatchery manager
  • Fishery Biologist
  • Private fish or wildlife manager
  • Professor
  • Refuge manager
  • Research scientist
  • Toxicologist
  • Wildlife biologist
  • Wildlife manager
  • Wildlife rehabilitation specialist