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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. 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 8 credits in Physics. The remaining credit hours will be completed with courses from the general education offerings, including several courses in math and communication.

Students are expected to earn a C grade or better in core biology and chemistry courses before moving on to subsequent courses.

General Education39
Wildlife Science Core66
Designated Electives **12
Senior Capstone Internship3
Total Credits120

Suggested Program of Study

Freshman Year
FallCredits
BIO 104 Foundations of Biology I 4
BIO 220 Wildlife Management 3
CHM 105 General Chemistry I 4
COM 122 English Composition 3
UNIV 101 College Success (1)
 Credits Subtotal14.0
Spring
BIO 105 Foundations of Biology II 4
CHM 106 General Chemistry II 4
Lower-Level Humanities (HU 14X) 3
MA 241 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I 4
 Credits Subtotal15.0
Sophomore Year
Fall
BIO 200 Genetics 4
BIO 309 Principles of Ecology 4
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
CS 118 Fundamentals of Computer Programming 3
 Credits Subtotal14.0
Spring
BA 201 Principles of Management 3
BIO 240 Natural History of the Region 4
PS 113 Introductory Physics I 3
PS 113L Introduction Physics I Laboratory 1
SS 210 Introduction to Sociology 3
Introduction to Psychology
WX 210 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
 Credits Subtotal17.0
Junior Year
Fall
BIO 420 Wildlife Management Techniques 3
COM 219 Speech 3
PS 114 Introductory Physics II ***4
SS 110 World History 3
 Credits Subtotal13.0
Spring
BIO 312 Plant Identification 3
BIO 315 Ornithology 4
EC 200 An Economic Survey 3
MA 222 Business Statistics 3
SIS 200 Introduction to the U.S. Legal System 3
 Credits Subtotal16.0
Senior Year
Fall
BIO 313 Riparian Ecology 3
SS 320 Government of the U.S. 3
SS 360 Environmental Law 3
Designated Elective 6
 Credits Subtotal15.0
Spring
BIO 318 Mammalogy 4
HU 330 Values and Ethics 3
BIO 490 Senior Seminar 3
Designated Electives 6
 Credits Subtotal16.0
 Credits Total: 120.0

Designated Electives

Complete 12 credits from the following list, at least 6 credits must be upper level:12
Public Administration
Microbiology
Environmental Consulting
Wildlife and Airports
Molecular and Cell Biology
Forensic DNA Analysis
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Biochemistry
Environmental Economics and Policy
Calculus and Analytical Geometry II
Calculus and Analytical Geometry III
Differential Equations and Matrix Methods
Advanced Geographic Information Systems
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 University 101 is taken in excess of degree requirements.

**

The Designated Elective requirement may be substituted with a minor.

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Students must enroll in the co-requisite zero credit lab PS 114L.