I want to have a career involving wildlife and environmental conservation. doing something like protecting the environment or endangered species.
what major should I pursue to work in that field ? and what graduate degree should i try and get ?
and what colleges are good for that ?
I live in california , I wold like to go to college in california or arizona.
please and thanks.
For an undergrad degree I would recommend Conservation, Wildlife Biology, or Ecology. Law & Policy is another possibility, but it won’t give you as many grad school options as the others. Some programs offer more specific concentrations, like Conservation Ecology, but if you plan to go to grad school, I’d just go with whatever you’re most comfortable with and do the best you can.
When it comes to choosing an undergrad university in preparation for grad school, the name of the university isn’t nearly as important as how hard you work while you’re there (GPA as well as volunteering, working related summer jobs and internships, etc). As a grad student myself, I suggest saving as much money as possible until you get into graduate study. Trust me, you’ll need it. Personally, I went to a small school south of Pittsburgh, PA and worked my butt off in a setting that was very one on one when it came to faculty, and I loved it. I’m not familiar with the universities in the region, but UC Davis, Arizona State, Humboldt State (<-personal rivals of mine), U of Arizona, SDSU and USC come to mind.
When looking at a school, look into their student clubs and organizations as well as their academics and faculty. Also, try to do some undergraduate research, if possible.