The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture is a comprehensive department, with teaching, research, and extension and outreach responsibilities. The department's mission is to provide information and train individuals for public agencies and private interests to manage wildlife and fish resources. Working to accomplish that mission, department faculty include wildlife scientists, wildlife extension specialists, fisheries and general aquatic scientists, fisheries extension specialists, aquaculture extension specialists, federal (U.S.G.S.) wildlife and fisheries scientists in the Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit, and seven aquaculture scientists. The department also has close ties with the USDA APHIS Wildlife Services, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Students can gain practical experience through internships, work study programs, and student wage positions, offered by the University, the CFR, and WF&A faculty. Student internships are especially diverse with numerous state and federal agencies. Students are encouraged to visit with faculty members to match employment experience and research interests with job opportunities.