This major builds the foundation in ecological sciences and natural resource management required to understand conservation priorities for both protected areas and lands managed for multiple values. Students are exposed to the competing demands on natural environments and the challenges in developing integrative approaches towards wildlife and habitat conservation. The program places an emphasis on understanding, planning, and managing the complex ecological relationships of natural environments and strategies aimed at securing their biological integrity and sustainability. Graduates are prepared for careers with government and nongovernment agencies concerned with land management and wildlife and fisheries issues on managed lands or protected areas, as well as advanced degrees in the fields of wildlife ecology and conservation. Employment opportunities also exist with industry and consulting firms.