College of Agriculture, Food & Environment

Wildlife Biology and Management Minor


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Wildlife Biology and Management Minor A minor is a structured group of courses that leads to considerable knowledge and understanding of a subject, although with less depth than a major. Some employers consider minors desirable, and the corresponding major requirements at the University may stipulate a minor. Some students choose to complement their major program with a minor in a related field or even in an entirely different field of interest. Students interested in pursuing an academic minor should contact their college dean’s office and the department responsible for the minor program for guidance and advising.

The Wildlife Biology and Management Minor compliments a variety of degree programs at the University of Kentucky.  The program is ideal for students planning to pursue careers in conservation, resource management, ecology, husbandry and more. 

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Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Zoologists and wildlife biologists study animals and other wildlife and how they interact with their ecosystems.

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Work Environment

Zoologists and wildlife biologists work in offices, laboratories, or outdoors. Depending on their job, they may spend considerable time in the field gathering data and studying animals in their natural habitats.

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Similar Occupations

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  • Agricultural and Food Scientists
  • Animal Care and Service Workers
  • Biochemists and Biophysicists
  • Biological Technicians
  • Conservation Scientists and Foresters
  • Environmental Scientists and Specialists
  • Microbiologists
  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Veterinarians

What You'll Study

Minor Prerequisites

  • BIO 148 Introductory Biology I (3)

Minor Requirements

  • FOR 101 Introduction to Wildlife Conservation (3)
  • FOR 370 Wildlife Biology and Management (4)
  • FOR 435 Conservation Biology (3)

TWO of the following courses:

  • FOR 510 Herpetology (4)
  • FOR 520 Mammals of the Eastern United States (4)
  • BIO 559 Ornithology (4)

Minor Electives*
ONE of the following courses:

  • BIO 303 Introduction to Evolution (4)
  • BIO 325 Ecology (4)
  • BIO 375 Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (3)
  • BIO 555 Vertebrate Zoology (5)
  • FOR 340 Forest Ecology (4)
  • FOR 400 Human Dimensions of Forestry & Nat. Res. (3)
  • FOR 530 Freshwater Ecology (3)
  • FOR 540 Urban Ecology (3)
  • FOR 550 U.S. Biodiversity Hotspots (3)
  • FOR/GEO 570 Landscape Ecology for Natural Resources (3)
  • NRE/LA 556 Contemporary Geospatial Applications for Land Analysis (3)

*Forestry majors may not select FOR 340 or FOR 400 to count towards the Minor Electives. Forestry majors must select one of the other courses listed under the Minor Electives.

Total Hours Required: Minimum 21 hours


Laura Lhotka

Laura Lhotka

Academic Coordinator

Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

College of Agriculture, Food & Environment


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