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Biology Comprehensive - Wildlife Emphasis

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The Wildlife curriculum at the University of Nebraska at Kearney includes the study of applied vertebrate ecology. Student learning is directed toward understanding the distribution and abundance of species (ecology), with a special emphasis on mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians (terrestrial vertebrates). This information will be applied to real-world issues by the students when doing their own independent research their senior year.

In this program a student will be provided the educational requirement to eventually become a Certified Wildlife Biologist (five years of on-the-job experience is also required). Certification is an advantage to obtaining a job as a wildlife professional.

For more information contact:

Dr. Keith Geluso
Professor of Biology


  • Conservation educator
  • Environmental researcher
  • Wildlife manager
  • Game warden
  • Field biologist
  • Wildlife forensics
  • Wildlife biologist
Ashley Leitner

“I chose to study biology because I have a passion for learning about all different forms of living organisms and seeing them coexist in their natural habitat. Even though I am most interested in Marine Biology and UNK is landlocked, I have still been able to further my knowledge in the subject through research projects conducted abroad. Through UNK I have been to Puerto Rico twice and it has been more educational than any class that I could take because of the hands-on experience.”

Ashley Leitner