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!

Watch what we do…

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

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

Undergraduate

Undergraduate

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.

More information about our Undergraduate Program

Graduate

Graduate

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

News

  • 2016-09-26T15:15:00 Michigan State University | Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

    When it comes to understanding how giant pandas pick habitat, researchers get a much better picture by watching their whole journey, not just the potty breaks.

    Vanessa Hull, a research associate at Michigan State University’s Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability spent two years working in the relatively uncharted waters of tracking wild pandas fitted with GPS collars. In the Sept. 14 edition of the journal PLoS ONE, she and colleagues fill in the gaps of understanding how pandas spend their days.

     

  • 2016-09-07T16:48:03 Michigan State University | Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

    The Michigan United Conservation Club (MUCC) has been awarded a $147,500 grant by the Cabela’s Outdoor Fund for its Gourmet Gone Wild program.

     

  • 2016-07-28T12:33:35 Michigan State University | Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

    College of Agriculture and Natural Resources researchers Mike Walters, Department of Forestry, and Gary Roloff, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, are teaming up to study ways to increase sustainability and diversity of Michigan’s valuable northern hardwood forests.

    The study is one of the largest in the country, with Walters and Roloff examining almost 150 30-acre forest stands on public and private land in the Upper and Lower peninsulas.

     

  • 2016-07-14T11:04:52 Michigan State University | Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

    There is no more exciting time to be in our nation’s capital than in a presidential election year.  This summer, a select group of students from Michigan State, Mississippi State and other universities are studying the intricacies of federal policymaking while working full-time in Washington, D.C.

     

  • 2016-07-08T04:00:20 Michigan State University | Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

    Spartan conservationists find creative solutions for protecting human livelihood while saving wildlife in East Africa.

     

More News »

Events

  • Date: October 4, 2016
    Location: The Eli and Broad Art Museum, 547 E Circle Dr, East Lansing, MI 48824

    Through scientific innovation and artistic and cultural inspiration, Water Moves Michigan State University to address the most important water problems facing societies across the globe. This 18-month initiative aims to inform and educate the campus and greater community about water-related research, creative work and cultural outreach and engagement happening at MSU. By creating channels for stewardship, we will also challenge our community to educate and empower individuals to alter their attitudes and behaviors when it comes to respecting life’s most precious resource.

  • Date: October 5, 2016
    Location: Room 338 Natural Resources Building

    The MSU Fisheries and Wildlife Graduate Student Organization is hosting Dr. Dan O’Brien, a wildlife veterinarian with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.  Dr. O’Brien will be providing an update on the status of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Michigan. 

  • Date: October 6, 2016
    Location: Breslin Student Events Center, 534 Birch Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824

    The Education Abroad Expo (formerly the Study Abroad Fair) is a comprehensive information event for anyone interested in learning more about the many exciting education abroad opportunities available at Michigan State University.

  • Date: October 12, 2016
    Location: 338 Natural Resources Building

    The MSU Fisheries and Wildlife Graduate Student Organization welcomes Dr. Howard Tanner, former director of the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Michigan DNR. 

  • Date: October 19, 2016
    Location: 338 Natural Resources Building

    The MSU Fisheries and Wildlife Graduate Student Organization welcomes Dr. Brian Pappas, associate clinical professor of law and director of the Conflict Clinic at MSU‘s College of Law.  Dr. Pappas will be presenting a workshop on essential negotiation and communication skills. 

More Events »