The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and, Aquaculture is comprehensive and dynamic, meeting the changing needs in natural resources teaching, research, outreach, and extension throughout Mississippi and beyond. Faculty and staff within the department strive to provide information and train individuals for public agencies and private interests to manage wildlife and fish resources. Working to accomplish that goal are faculty and staff with diverse expertise including: wildlife scientists and extension specialists, fisheries and general aquatic scientists and extension specialists, aquaculture scientists and extension specialists, youth conservation educators, and federal (U.S.G.S.) wildlife and fisheries scientists in the Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit. The department also has close ties with USDA APHIS Wildlife Services, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In addition, the department boasts more than seven specialized laboratories including: Agricultural Ecology, Carnivore Ecology, Human-Wildlife Conflicts, Human Dimensions, Deer Ecology and Management, and Water Quality.
Undergraduate curricula is designed to prepare students for national-level wildlife biologist certification through The Wildlife Society. Students enrolled in the department will gain practical experience through hands-on laboratories, internships, work study programs, and undergraduate research offered through 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.
Vision: Our vision is sustained and thriving fish and wildlife for all people.
Mission: Our mission is to develop and provide leadership in the conservation of fish and wildlife.