Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology (M.S.)


CSU’s Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology is one of the top programs in the U.S., and over 2,400 of our alumni are working to resolve natural-resource related issues. The Department assists individuals, communities, and agencies to solve complex environmental problems and was one of the first to emphasize the importance of incorporating public input and implementing two-way communications in decision-making regarding wildlife policy.

Master of Science (M.S.) in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology

Areas of Study

  • Animal behavior
  • Applications of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis to fish and wildlife issues
  • Applications and development of computer software
  • Aquatic ecology
  • Conservation biology
  • Conservation genetics
  • Early life history of fishes
  • Ecology and management of fishes, birds, and mammals
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Endangered species management
  • Environmental and conservation education
  • Fish and wildlife habitat management
  • Fish culture
  • Fish physiology
  • Fish systematics (salmonids and endangered fishes)
  • Fishery science and management
  • Geometric morphometrics
  • Human dimensions of wildlife management
  • Human impacts on aquatic ecosystems
  • Human-wildlife conflict management
  • Ichthyology
  • Landscape ecology
  • Molecular ecology
  • Molecular systemics
  • Pond and reservoir ecology and management
  • Population dynamics and modeling
  • Public relations and education
  • Quantitative biology and statistical analysis methodologies
  • Wildlife and recreation management on private lands
  • Wildlife management

Next Steps


Coursework, credit requirements, and more information is available in the Colorado State University general catalog. Please contact your department representative with program-related questions.

Student Employment

Graduate students interested in employment positions (GTA, GRA, GSA appointments and hourly positions) should contact their advisor and their departmental graduate coordinator for the process to apply.

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