Wildlife Resources

Wildlife Resources

Forestry Degree/A.A.

About the program:

The program will prepare students to complete their B.S. Degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources at the WVU Davis College of Agriculture and Natural Resources School of Natural Resources.  The Wildlife and Fisheries Resources Program at West Virginia University is a fully accredited program with undergraduate, M.S., and Ph.D. programs that can lead to professional certification as wildlife or fisheries biologists. This curriculum focuses on both wildlife and fisheries; preparing students for careers or graduate education in both fields, in the area of management, biology, and ecology.

The program provides the foundation for continued education in Wildlife Resources.  Students receive personalized attention in small classes to prepare them for future academic endeavors.  Other transfer opportunities also exist.  Few students are able to enter the field without completing their studies at a 4-year institution.

What can you do with this degree:

After completing a B.S. degree students have found jobs primarily with local, state and federal resource management agencies.  Although, private opportunities do exist.

What can you earn with this degree:

According to www.bls.gov, wildlife biologists in West Virginia in the lower 10% earn, on average, $26,950/year while those in the 90% earn, on average, $77,220/year with a mean annual wage of $47,300.  Nationwide, the mean annual wage for this occupation is $64,230.

Alumni Spotlight: Derek Alkire

Derek Alkire; Saltillo, MS
Conservation Field Manager
National Wild Turkey Federation

“For a college freshman, leaving home and being on your own for the first time can be intimidating.  However, the small class sizes at Potomac State facilitated great discussions and made the transition much smoother.  The professors within the Forestry program were not only great teachers, but they took the time to get to know you on a one on one basis, and became friends.  My time at Potomac State laid the foundation for my career in the wildlife/forestry field and I credit the professors for taking the initiative to ensure that each student left Potomac State with the skills needed to succeed in the work force.”

Requirements for Graduation

In order to earn an Associate of Arts Degree in Forestry with a major in Wildlife Resources, a student must complete a minimum of 60 credit-hours of required and elective course work

Students wishing to enter the science option in the Wildlife and Fisheries program at West Virginia University should complete MATH 150. Students not entering the science option may substitute CHEM 111-112 for CHEM 115 and 116 and BIOL 101-104 for BIOL 115 and 117.

Note: FOR 101 replaces WVUe 191 as a first-semester requirement.


Degree Program:

Wildlife Resources

Degree Designation:

Associate of Arts

Jeff Jones