Wildlife Science

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife offers graduate work leading to the Master of Agriculture, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees (and participation in the MAg and MAIS degree programs) with majors in wildlife science.

The wildlife graduate program in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife includes wildlife research concerning interaction of wildlife with land uses, migratory waterfowl, upland game birds, forest bird communities, endangered species, population dynamics, and conservation biology.

The Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit has active research programs funded in part by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and U.S. Geological Survey. The Agricultural Experiment Station, the Sea Grant program, Forest Science Laboratory and other organizations fund major research projects. The department maintains extensive collections of vertebrate species, which are curated by Doctors Sidlauskas (fish), Epps (mammals), and Dugger (birds).


Graduate Areas of Concentration

Animal-habitat relationships; behavior; biology of big game and small mammals; conservation biology; community studies; ecology of avian and mammalian predators; ecology of waterfowl and upland gamebirds; effects of parasites, diseases, and environmental contaminants; nutrition; population; population dynamics; reproductive biology; toxicology of pesticides; wildlife ecology; wildlife-forestry interactions; wildlife science

Learning Outcomes: 


  • Students will demonstrate that they conducted research or produced some other form of creative work.
  • Student demonstrate mastery of subject material relevant to their thesis topic.
  • Students will learn to conduct scholarly or professional activities in an ethical manner.
  • Upon completion, a student will have produced a well written thesis that placed their work in proper context and used correct style and grammar to effectively communicate major findings.  
  • Each student will learn and demonstrate the capacity to deliver a well-organized and easy to follow defense seminar.
  • Student will learn and demonstrate good oral communications skills during the closed defense with their committee.
  • Students will display evidence of critical thinking skills during the oral defense.

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Learn more: 

Our Department's decision for admission is not the date of application but your acceptance by a faculty advisor. Please review more information on How to Apply prior to submitting an application. Visit our department website for more information.

Wildlife Science
Master of Science (M.S.)
Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (M.A.I.S.)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences
Class Location: 
Corvallis Campus
Contact Us: 

For more information, visit http://fw.oregonstate.edu, or contact:

Email: fw.gradadvising@oregonstate.edu
Graduate Program Coordinator,
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife,
Nash Hall 104
OSU, Corvallis, OR 97331-3803