Wildlife & Forest Conservation

  • Bachelor of Science

In-Person Plus at:

  • Castleton, VT
  • Johnson, VT
  • Lyndon, VT

In Person Plus programs are In Person with options for cross-campus classes and flexibility for remote study.

Explore your passion for conservation and forests, wildlife, biodiversity, and soils in Vermont State University’s wildlife and forest conservation program. This B.S. prepares you to be a policy maker, researcher, and change maker. As a student, you’ll take courses in biology, ecological science, and public policy, which will provide you with a strong foundation to analyze and manage these natural systems for long-term sustainability. 

Why Study Wildlife & Forest Conservation at Vermont State?

  • Financial stability: The average salary for conservation scientists is $63,750.* 
  • Small class sizes: You’ll benefit from small class sizes taught by expert faculty, which allow you to be a leader in the classroom and get personalized attention from your teachers. 
  • A unique program: Our program is the only one of its kind in Vermont and one of the few colleges for forest and wildlife conservation in New England.  
  • A landscape made for learning: Vermont’s vast, varied topography gives you incredible access to a number of natural areas. You’ll also make connections through a diverse network of local organizations dedicated to land stewardship and conservation.  
  • A blend of classroom and hands-on learning: Learn about geographic information systems (GIS), forest and wildlife surveys, and policy writing – then put what you’ve learned to practice in the lab or field.   

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 

Financial Aid for Wildlife & Forest Conservation Students

Vermont State University is providing a high-quality, affordable degree in wildlife and forest conservation to students across Vermont and beyond. More than 80 percent of Vermont State students are awarded financial aid, including new students, transfer students, international students, out-of-state students, and first-generation students. Our financial aid team is here to help you explore all your options.

Internships & Jobs in Wildlife & Forest Conservation

At Vermont State, you’ll gain leading-edge skills for wildlife and forest conservation jobs through internships, co-ops, career coaching, and more. Our internship placements are guaranteed to grow your professional network.

Students have taken advantage of a wide variety of experiential learning opportunities available, including completing restoration projects alongside the State of Vermont and earning their chainsaw certification through the Game of Logging.  

High School Teaching Option

Are you interested in pursuing secondary education licensure in the sciences? If so, the Natural Science major is designed to prepare students for teaching high school science in a variety of areas with courses in biology, chemistry, physics, geology, and environmental science. Students would pair this major with a second major in the Inclusive Adolescent Education program (BA). This will allow them to pursue a license to teach science at the secondary level (grades 7-12).

Minors Available in the Wildlife & Forest Conservation Program

Interested in adding a minor to your degree program? See minors available in the Wildlife & Conservation program below.

  • Natural Resource Conservation