Minors and Certificates (optional):
All NRM majors are encouraged to complete a minor or certificate that complements their coursework in the NRM major. Examples include the biology minor, environmental studies minor, or geographic information systems technology certificate. Students may also complete additional NRM courses as electives.
Associate Wildlife Biologist Certification
Students who intend to pursue a career in wildlife biology and management are encouraged to complete the necessary coursework for certification by The Wildlife Society (www.wildlife.org) as an associate wildlife biologist. This coursework will also prepare students for entry-level positions in wildlife biology/management or entry into graduate school.
The curriculum is designed to provide a skill set based on a broad scientific knowledge, understanding of natural resource management principles, and communication skills. This base along with the hands on skills learned in classes prepares students for a successful career as wildlife professionals. A sampling of wildlife career options can be found at www.wildlife.org/.
Wildlife Society certification is a professional track rather than an academic emphasis. For the most up to date requirements and a recommended schedule of courses to complete the certification, please refer to the NRM program website (www.gvsu.edu/biology/nrm).