B.S. in Wildlife Science

The Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Science (WS) will provide a solid foundation in science, which will be achieved through courses in biology, chemistry, and physics . All courses have accompanying hands-on laboratory components and an internship/co-op is highly recommended between junior and senior years. Upon completion of the program, students will have all of the necessary coursework to become accredited wildlife biologists through The Wildlife Society. According to The Wildlife Society, “Holding one of these certificates places you in a category distinct from other wildlife professionals due to the integrity of the organization and the high standards of the certification process. You earn credibility and respect, which offers you an added advantage when applying for jobs, in public forums, and in legal proceedings.”

 Students will also have all of the prerequisites to continue their education in graduate or veterinary school.

Degree Requirements

The Wildlife Science program requires 120 credits to complete. Students in the program will complete 40 credit hours in biology, 8 credit hours in chemistry, and 7 credits in Physics. The remaining credit hours will be completed with courses from the general education offerings, including several courses in math and communication.

Suggested Program of Study

Freshman Year
BIO 104 Foundations of Biology I 4
BIO 105 Foundations of Biology II 4
CHM 105 General Chemistry I 4
CHM 106 General Chemistry II 4
COM 122 English Composition 3
HU 14X Lower Level 3
MA 220 Quantitative Methods II 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
UNIV 101 College Success *(1)
 Credits Subtotal28.0
Sophomore Year
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
BIO 200 Genetics 4
BIO 201 Microbiology 4
BIO 220 Wildlife Management 3
COM 222 Business Communication 3
Technical Report Writing
IT 109 Introduction to Computers and Applications 3
Fundamentals of Computer Programming
PS 113 Introductory Physics I 3
PS 114 Introductory Physics II 4
SS 110 World History 3
 Credits Subtotal30.0
Junior Year
BIO 309 Principles of Ecology 3
BIO 312 Plant Identification 3
BIO 315 Ornithology 4
BIO 318 Mammalogy 4
COM 219 Speech 3
MA 222 Business Statistics 3
SIS 200 Introduction to the U.S. Legal System 3
Open Elective 6
 Credits Subtotal29.0
Senior Year
BA 408 Airport Management 3
BIO 400 Molecular and Cell Biology 4
BIO 403 Wildlife and Airports 3
HU 330 Values and Ethics 3
SIS 411 Procedural Laws and Evidence 3
SS 320 Government of the U.S. 3
Designated Electives 9-12
Open Electives 0-3
 Credits Subtotal28.0-34.0
 Credits Total: 120

Designated Electives

Choose 3 of the following:9-12
BIO 142Intro to Environmental Science3
BIO 240Natural History of the Region4
CHM 200Organic Chemistry I4
CHM 201Organic Chemistry II4
SS 360Environmental Law3
WX 321Atmospheric Environmental Studies3

 University 101 is taken in excess of degree requirements or meets open elective credit