WELCOME to the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University.  We strongly believe that our natural resources and environment are vital to our future, thus the faculty, staff and students in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife strive to meet the global challenges that threaten the sustainability of our ecosystems. We empower our students and our stakeholders with the knowledge needed to ensure our natural heritage and a high quality of life. We accomplish this through our renowned and distinguished education, research and outreach programs.

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife has been serving the needs of MSU,
Michigan, the U.S. and the globe for the past 65 years!

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Who will make a difference for the rivers, the lakes, the land?
For the fish, the wildlife, the environment?

Become a part of making this difference.
Become a part of our Fisheries and Wildlife family today!



The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife offers a Bachelor of Science degree with 6 concentrations: Conservation Biology; Fisheries Biology and Management; Wildlife Biology and Management; Water Science; Fish and Wildlife Disease Ecology and Management; and PreVeterinary Medicine.

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The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife offers both Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs, with focus areas in Wildlife Ecology and Management; Limnology; Fisheries Science and Management; Conservation Biology; Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Management; Ecological Genetics and Physiology; and Biometry and Ecological Modeling.

More information about our Graduate Program


  • Sustaining a Sssssspecies

    Sustaining a species, snake photo

    To help ensure a healthy planet today and tomorrow, Spartan researchers work across the globe to study and preserve wildlife habitats—from pandas in China to hyenas in Africa and, in Michigan, the eastern massasauga rattlesnake. With Michigan the last stronghold for the snakes, MSU’s work to track them and collect and share data is important to preserving the habitat crucial for the survival of the species.

    Watch the video.


  • FW Sophomore earns nationally competitive Udall Award

    Ashley Archer

    Ashley Archer, a Michigan State University Honors College sophomore majoring in fisheries and wildlife in Lyman Briggs College, has earned the nationally competitive Udall Scholarship.


  • Howard and Lili Camden Endowed Teacher/Scholar Award

    From left: Drs. Kelly Millenbah, Amber Peters, George Smith and Patrick Cudney

    Amber Peters is a fixed-term faculty member in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife who has taught in the department for 10 years. Through her teaching and mentoring efforts, Dr. Peters influences freshmen to seniors, science majors to art majors. A dedicated, innovative instructor, she finds ways to reach students in classrooms with 35 students to one with almost 200.

    She is the  2016 recipient of the Howard and Lili Camden Endowed Teacher/Scholar Award.


  • CANR Outstanding Student Leadership Award

    CANR Outstanding Student Leadership Award nominees

    Nominees for the Outstanding Student Leadership Award have shown service and leadership in the college, department or school and through their university activities. By tradition, the winner of this award is asked to represent the graduating seniors as class speaker at the CANR Commencement ceremony.

  • MSU water scientist awarded world’s top water prize

    Michigan State University professor Joan Rose is the 2016 recipient of the Stockholm Water Prize, announced today at the United Nation’s World Water Day celebration in Geneva. The Stockholm Water Prize is the world’s most-prestigious water award. Rose is a professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.


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