Fish and Wildlife Ecology and Management Option

The option in Fish and Wildlife Ecology and Management is a professional degree program offered for those students who have an interest in employment in these fields. Study leading toward a bachelor's degree emphasizes basic principles of animal ecology, with considerable work in related fields. Students graduating with a bachelor's degree will be qualified for entry-level positions in natural resource management. However, the four-year option primarily provides prospective fish and wildlife biologists an adequate background for graduate work, which is required for most professional positions in natural resource agencies.

Freshman YearCredits
FallSpring
WILD 201 - Intro to Fish and Wildlife1  
BIOE 103CS - Environmental Science and Society3  
Choose one of the following:3  
COM 110US - Public Communication (Recommended)
CLS 101US - Knowledge and Community
BIOB 170IN - Principles of Biological Diversity4  
University Core and Electives 3-6  
CHMY 121IN - Introduction of General Chemistry (Level 2 math required)  4
BIOO 230 - Identification of Seed Plants  4
WRIT 101W - College Writing I (Semester assigned)*  3
University Core and Electives   3-6
Year Total: 14-17 14-17
Sophomore YearCredits
FallSpring
BIOB 160 - Principles of Living Systems4  
BIOO 310 - Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy4  
Choose one of the following:3-4  
ERTH 101IN - Earth System Sciences
ENSC 245IN - Soils
ENSC 272CS - Water Resources (Recommended)
GPHY 284 - Intro to GIS Science & Cartog (Recommended)
University Core and Electives 3-6  
CHMY 123 - Introduction of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry  4
M 161Q - Survey of Calculus
or M 171Q - Calculus I
  4
University Core and Electives   6-9
Year Total: 14-18 14-17
Junior YearCredits
FallSpring
BIOO 412 - Animal Physiology3  
BIOB 318 - Biometry
or STAT 216Q - Introduction to Statistics
3  
WRIT 201 - College Writing II
or WRIT 221 - Intermediate Tech Writing
3  
University Core and Electives6-9  
WILD 301 - Princ of Fish & Wildlife Mgmt  3
BIOB 375 - General Genetics
or BIOB 377 - Practical Genetics
  3
BIOE 370 - General Ecology (equiv to 270)  3
University Core and Electives  6-9
Year Total: 15-18 15-18
Senior YearCredits
FallSpring
Choose two of the following:0-6  
BIOO 475 - Mammalogy (Fall only)
BIOO 470 - Ornithology (Spring only)
BIOO 415 - Ichthyology (Spring only)
Choose one of the following:0-3  
BIOB 480 - Conservation Genetics (Fall only)
BIOE 405 - Behavioral and Evolutionary Ecology (Spring only)
BIOE 440R - Conservation Biology (Fall only)
BIOE 445 - Macroecology (Spring only)
Faculty advisor may approve an alternative course
Choose one of the following pairs:5-6  
BIOE 408 - Rocky Mountain Vegetation
& BIOE 455 - Plant Ecology
BIOE 428 - Freshwater Ecology
& BIOE 427RN - Research in Freshwater Ecology
University Core and Upper Division Electives3-6  
BIOB 420 - Evolution  3
WILD 401RN - Fish and Wildlife Capstone  4
Choose two of the following:  3-6
BIOO 470 - Ornithology (Spring only)
BIOO 475 - Mammalogy (Fall only)
BIOO 415 - Ichthyology (Spring only)
Choose one of the following:  0-3
BIOE 405 - Behavioral and Evolutionary Ecology (Spring only)
BIOE 440R - Conservation Biology (Fall only)
BIOE 445 - Macroecology (Spring only)
BIOB 480 - Conservation Genetics
Faculty advisor may approve an alternative course
University Core and Upper Division Electives  0-3
Year Total: 8-21 10-19
Total Program Credits: 120
*

Depending on first letter of the student's last name. Students are told at Orientation when to take WRIT 101W.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; at least 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above. The curriculum includes 35-39 credits numbered 300 and above, so an additional three to five credits must be selected. Additional upper division electives must be taken in biology, fish and wildlife, or a related field (ANSC, NRSM, ENSC, GPHY, and STAT). Students should consult with their advisor about the appropriateness of potential upper division electives taken outside the Biology set or WILD rubrics. This curriculum satisfies all except 12 credits of the University Core Requirements. Students are expected to be aware of all requirements for graduation and to ensure that they meet these requirements.

Requirements for Admission to Upper Division Courses in Biology

For admission to upper division (numbered 300 or higher) Biology (BIOB, BIOE, BIOO) and Fish and Wildlife Management (WILD) courses, students must have completed at least 45 total university credits with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 for all courses and have also earned a "C-"or better for any prerequisite courses.  Limited exceptions may be made by consent of instructor. Any student who obtains enrollment in an upper division biology course without satisfying these requirements will be required to withdraw from the course.Specific courses may have additional prerequisites.