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Butterfly by lakeConservation and Field Biology – Wildlife Dual Degree

This program allows undergraduate science students to attend the University of West Alabama for approximately three years and then transfer to the School of Forestry at Auburn University. On completion of the requirements of the two institutions, the student receives a Bachelor of Science in Conservation and Field Biology from UWA and the Master of Natural Resources with a certified Wildlife Biologist concentration from Auburn. This preparation is ideal for the student who is at home in the natural environments of Alabama and the South. The background in field and conservation biology acquired at UWA provides a solid foundation in biological and ecological principles, while the wildlife biology training received at Auburn prepares the student to step into a job-rich field working with the tremendous diversity of wildlife in the region.

Detailed curriculum information can be found in the catalog.


  • Strong background in Plant, Animal, and Microbial Diversity
  • Molecular/Cell Biology and Genetics
  • Dedicated Field Courses in Zoology and/or Botany
  • General and Organic Chemistry
  • Graduate Coursework in Surveying and Harvesting
  • Data Analysis and Presentation Skills
  • Career Preparation Skills

Extra-curricular activities

  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities
  • Hands-on Learning Experiences
  • Field Work in Natural Habitats in Alabama
  • Fellowships and Summer Internships
  • Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society
  • Exciting Field Classes

Career Preparation

The dual degree program in Conservation and Field Biology/Wildlife produces students prepared to step into leadership roles in conserving and managing natural wildlife populations with an eye toward sustainability. It provides opportunities for science students to grow through close contact and interaction with outstanding faculty. The field is growing rapidly, and offers a tremendous variety of management career opportunities in both the public and private sectors.

Contact Information:

College/Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics contact Dr. Jeffery Merida at 205-652-3414.

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