While, yes, you will need math in wildlife biology, I wouldn’t let that sway your interest in wildlife/conservation biology. You’re going to have to take math classes for most Bachelor of Science degrees (as well as biology and chemistry). You’d need math even if you pursued a business degree. I’ve been in the conservation field for over 30 years and I can assure you that most conservation biology jobs require basics math skills - counting animals and plants, making tables with spreadsheet programs, averaging things, figuring out the number of animals per square meter, hectare or kilometer. You have to maintain a project budget as well, but that applies to most careers. Some conservation biology jobs will require more advanced math skills, particularly if your in research where you have to use statistics to calculate how much confidence you have in estimates of animals or samples. And don’t under-estimate your abilities - if you’re able to do A or B work, even if it takes work, you’re in the mix with most other students. Heck, you may find that you like math better as a wildlife biologist where you can see, tough and appreciate the math work you’re doing.
John recommends the following next steps:
- Consider that you may be better at math than you think. It sounds like you’re doing better than average student.
- Take a look at some wildlife management books, see the kind of math they’re discussing. There may be a lot of statistics, since text books cite a lot of research, but realize while textbooks cite studies and research, most conservation jobs aren’t research.
- Look at other career fields and see if they require math also; there may not be a lot of difference compared to wildlife/conservation biology.