Career Spotlight

Wildlife Biologist

Wildlife biologists are instrumental in understanding and conserving animal species, analyzing population dynamics, and identifying factors that influence their well-being. Grand Valley State University (GVSU) offers a comprehensive Bachelor of Science program in Wildlife Biology, designed to prepare students for a fulfilling career in studying and managing wildlife populations. As a wildlife biologist, you'll have diverse career options, including opportunities in conservation, wildlife management, research, and the study of non-game and endangered species. You have the opportunity to collaborate with government agencies, environmental organizations, and educational institutions to develop and implement effective strategies for maintaining sustainable wildlife populations.

GVSU's Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology program provides the necessary knowledge and skills to excel in this field. There are many opportunities for practical experiences to equip students with a strong foundation in wildlife biology. Through internship opportunities with organizations like the U.S. Forest Service, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and Binder Park Zoo, students can gain valuable hands-on experience. GVSU believes in fostering student engagement and providing a supportive community. Join student organizations such as the Student Environmental Coalition, Soil and Water Conservation Society, Seidman Sustainability, Cage Free, and Neighbors for Justice to connect with peers who share your passion for wildlife conservation.

Contact us at (616) 331-7610 to schedule an appointment with an advisor. 


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Environmental Studies

Environmental and sustainability studies encompass a broad range of disciplines including physical and life sciences, economic and policy studies to tackle environmental challenges. The field emphasizes a solutions-oriented approach to address issues such as sustainable food systems, energy, water resources, and the general environment. Career options in this field include roles like environmental specialist, technician, science teacher, biologist, chemist, microbiologist, consultant, and engineer.

There are many employment opportunities including careers with the federal government, Department of Agriculture, and agricultural and environmental consulting firms. To enter the field, a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree is typically required. Grand Valley State University offers programs such as a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, a minor in the same field, and an undergraduate certificate in Sustainable Food Systems. 

To enhance student engagement and involvement, GVSU offers several student organizations focused on environmental and sustainability issues, including the Student Environmental Coalition, Soil and Water Conservation Society, Seidman Sustainability, Cage Free, and Neighbors for Justice. These organizations provide platforms for networking, collaboration, and activism in environmental initiatives. There are many internship opportunities at organizations such as Kalamazoo Nature Center, Leila Arboretum Botanical Gardens, and West Michigan Environmental Action Council, allowing students to gain practical experience.

For more information, please call us at (616) 331-7610 to schedule an appointment with an advisor. 


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How can we help?

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Sara Reed, Career Navigator at BCROC, brings with her over 14 years of experience helping people discover their career and educational goals. She and the staff at the GVSU Battle Creek Regional Outreach Center (BCROC) have access to countless professionals across a wide range of different career fields and tools to help guide you along your path. They can help you find the information that you need to be successful at any educational institution, including assistance with career exploration, college and career-related questions, and scholarship applications.

Connect with Sara, or another member of our team, by emailing us at [email protected] or calling us at (616) 331-7610.

Page last modified September 25, 2023