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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, BS

Program Description

Increased interest in conservation of natural resources and the environment and demand for seafood products has resulted in these areas becoming increasingly technical and requiring highly qualified wildlife and fisheries biologists. Greatest demands for graduates are in the areas of management, research, survey, and regulatory positions with state and federal agencies; industrial research and quality control laboratories; conservation, recreation, and other public service agencies; and private enterprises.

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology provides a solid foundation for many careers in the sciences. The curriculum is strong in basic and applied sciences, communication skills, and the social sciences. In addition, three credit hours are available for field training with appropriate natural resource agencies. Students may satisfy coursework requirements for professional certification by the Wildlife Society and/or the American Fisheries Society.

For students interested in conservation biology, water, and natural resources, the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation also administers the Environmental and Natural Resources: Conservation Biology Concentration, BS  and Environmental and Natural Resources: Natural Resources Management Concentration, BS  within the Environmental and Natural Resources degree program.

Combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science Degree Program

Under this plan, students may reduce the time necessary to earn both degrees by applying graduate credits to both undergraduate and graduate program requirements. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements for the dual degree from the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation as early as possible in their undergraduate program, as a number of required courses have prerequisites not normally taken by Wildlife and Fisheries Biology majors. Enrollment guidelines and procedures can be found under Academic Regulations in this catalog.

Program Requirements

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

First Semester

Credit Hours: 15

Second Semester

Credit Hours: 16

Junior Year

First Semester

Credit Hours: 16-17

Credit Hours: 16-17

Senior Year

Credit Hours: 12-13

Second Semester

Credit Hours: 17

Total Credits: 122-128


1 BIOL 1030  and BIOL 1040  require the completion of BIOL 1050  and BIOL 1060 , respectively. Students who select BIOL 1100  and BIOL 1110  must enroll concurrently in BIOL 1101  and BIOL 1111 , respectively.

2 General Education Requirements . Six of these credits must also satisfy the Cross-Cultural Awareness and the Science and Technology in Society Requirements. (Note: Social Science Requirement must be in an area other than economics or applied economics.)

3 Select from AGM 3010 , AGRB 3570 , AGRB 4750 , BIOL 3020 , BIOL 3060 , BIOL 3070 , BIOL 4100 , BIOL 4110 , BIOL 4170 , BIOL 4420 , BIOL 4430 , BIOL 4640 BIOL 4680 , BIOL 4700 , BIOL 4710 , BIOL 4750 , BIOL 4760 , BIOL 4860 ENR 4130 , ENR 4290 , ENR 4500 ENT 3000 , ENT 4690 , FNR 4660 , FOR 4060 , FOR 4150 FOR 4160 , FOR 4330 , WFB 4150 , WFB 4720 , WFB 4770 , or any 3000- or 4000-level WFB course(s) not already used to meet another requirement. Students considering AFS Certification, which requires 15 hours of physical sciences, should enroll in GEOL 1010 /GEOL 1030  or PHYS 2000 /PHYS 2001 . Note: The same course(s) may not be used to satisfy both the Approved Requirement and the Policy and Law Requirement.

4 Select AGRB 2020 ECON 2000 , ECON 2110 , or ECON 2120  

5 Select COMM 3070 , ENGL 3140 , or ENGL 3150  

6 Select BIOL 4640 WFB 4680 , WFB 4720 , or WFB 4770 

7 Select AGRB 3570 , AGRB 4750 , ENR 4290 , ENR 4500 , or FOR 4160 . Note: The same course(s) may not be used to satisfy both the Approved Requirement and the Policy and Law Requirement.