Wildlife Enterprise Management
Wildlife Enterprise Management merges the fields of wildlife management and conservation, business, and hospitality and is ideal for those that have a desire to run a business focused upon hunting, fishing and eco-tourism.
For 25 consecutive years, Auburn has been a fixture on US News & World Report’s list of the top 50 public universities in the country. Auburn’s academic offerings are outstanding, and its students benefit tremendously from the university’s academic and social support. The university fosters a unique atmosphere and cultivates a connection between students and the campus community, a feeling that has been described as just like home for more than 160 years. Within the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment, students enjoy a low student-to-faculty ratio and are supported by dedicated professional advisors. Our world-class faculty members are committed to helping students build a solid foundation for a successful career with abundant opportunities to meet and connect with industry stakeholders and partners who actively recruit our students for internships and job positions.
Auburn’s Wildlife Enterprise Management (WLEM) degree is one of only two such programs in the United States. This cross-disciplinary degree program, founded on the basic principles of wildlife management, hospitality services, and business management, ensures that graduates are prepared for employment at any of thousands of hunting and fishing lodges, ranches, corporate retreat facilities, and other consumptive use facilities worldwide.
The degree is collaboratively taught by world-renowned faculty from the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment and the Colleges of Business and Human Sciences. With this program, students gain the necessary skill set required of graduates and access to a wide range of internship opportunities across the globe. This combination of innovative classroom instruction and real world experience assures graduates are able to take advantage of abundant career opportunities.
The College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment welcomes transfer students who wish to apply up to 60 semester hours of credit toward their degree program at Auburn University. The school has also forged cooperative transfer programs for students who are earning credit toward their degrees at University of West Alabama, and others.
If you have any questions about Auburn’s grade point requirements for transfer students, transferring or would like an academic advisor to evaluate your transcripts, please call our Student Services office at 334-844-1001 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about Auburn’s cooperative transfer programs.
The degree is collaboratively taught by world-renowned faculty from the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment and the Colleges of Business and Human Sciences. These faculty are not only educators, but are practitioners, researchers, and business leaders with expertise that transcends the classroom and brings the reality of the wildlife enterprise to the students.
The multi-disciplinary nature of the major assures graduates are qualified in a biological field such as wildlife management and possess the foundational knowledge of business management, marketing and hospitality to operate and manage client-focused, nature-based, for-profit businesses.
The College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment strongly recommends that students pursue internships to gain hands-on learning experiences prior to graduation. To assist our students, we have identified potential internship opportunities for Wildlife Enterprise Management majors to acquire field experience, foundational knowledge of business management, marketing and hospitality within enterprises such as:
- hunting lodges and shooting facilities
- guide and charter services
- fishing resorts
Learn more about available wildlife enterprise internship facilities!
As demand for unique sporting experiences and adventures provided by outdoor enterprise continues to grow in the U.S. and around the world, graduates who are qualified in a biological field such as wildlife management and possess the foundational knowledge of business management, marketing and hospitality will be sought after to operate and manage client-focused, nature-based, for-profit businesses in roles such as:
- hunting/shooting facility director
- guide service coordinator
- fishing resort manager
- outdoor sport/adventure promoter
Learn more about the exciting careers available with this major!