Wildlife species and their habitats are impacted by human actions and demands on natural resources. At the same time, increasing numbers of Americans are participating in wildlife based outdoor recreation such as camping, hunting, fishing, birdwatching, picnicking, observing and photographing wildlife. Maintaining abundant and healthy wildlife populations and habitats requires an understanding of ecology, natural history, wildlife management, and human demands. These are the challenges facing wildlife biologists of today.
The wildlife undergraduate and graduate programs at Texas State University adhere to the North American model of wildlife management, as well as a strong reliance on research at the graduate and undergraduate level. The goals of our programs are to graduate students prepared to enter the wildlife profession as biologists, managers, and research scientists. The department has a Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society that is very active. Undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in it.