All WFSC majors will graduate with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences with a concentration in one of three options: Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences, and Vertebrate Zoology.
WFSC Academic Requirements
WFSC requires all students to maintain at least an overall and major GPA of 2.0 or higher and earn at least a C or better in BIOL 111, 112, RENR 205, 215 and all WFSC courses.
University Core Curriculum (41 Hours)
This coursework provides students with a solid foundation for WFSC coursework. Students are required to complete two WFSC writing-intensive courses.
WFSC Core Curriculum (40 Hours)
This coursework provides a sound education in the wildlife and fisheries conservation professions.
WFSC Concentrations (39 Hours)
WFSC offers three concentrations within the WFSC major: Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences, and Vertebrate Zoology.
Concentration Degree Plans
Wildlife Ecology & Conservation
This concentration included three sub-concentrations: Wildlife and Fisheries Management, Wildlife Ecology, and Conservation Biology. It is designed for students interested in the research, management, and conservation of wildlife and the ecosystems that support it. This option provides considerable flexibility when designing a degree program and allows students to focus on both conservation and management terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Job opportunities are available with state and federal agencies; private land management individuals and companies; state, national and international organizations; environmental consulting firms; and various private enterprises.
This concentration is for students interested in understanding and managing both aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Courses taken in this emphasis can meet course certification requirements of both the American Fisheries Society and The Wildlife Society.
This concentration is for students interested in understanding and managing terrestrial habitats and animals, including game, non-game, and endangered species. The ability to be professionally certified is becoming increasingly important for employment. Courses taken in this emphasis can meet course requirements to be certified as an Associate Wildlife Biologist.
This concentration is for students interested in the conservation of the earth’s biodiversity. This concentration allows students to focus on various ecological environments and socio-economic aspects including urban and/or wetland conservation.
This concentration is designed for both students interested in the research and management of fish, other freshwater and marine organisms, and the ecosystems that sustain them, as well as controlled production of organisms in aquatic systems. For students interested in the controlled production of organisms in aquatic systems, courses in this concentration are structured to provide the scientific and technological basis of fish culture. Careers are available in state and federal resource agencies; fisheries management companies; nongovernmental conservation organizations; environmental consulting firms; and private consultation. In addition, careers may be available in supporting areas such as quality control, supply, marketing, distribution, finance, consultation as well as domestic and foreign resource development. This option meets American Fisheries Society requirements for certification as an Associate Fisheries Professional.
Vertebrate Zoology (pre-professional)
This concentration provides the rigorous training needed for careers in the fields of ichthyology, herpetology, mammalogy and ornithology, with disciplinary expertise in areas such as behavior, ecology, evolution, genetics, molecular biology, physiology and systematics. It is a flexible program that permits the inclusion of courses specifically required by graduate degree programs as well as schools of dentistry, law, medicine and veterinary medicine.
For students interested in biological diversity and the ecological processes and population interactions that sustain it, courses in this option are designed to provide a strong foundation in basic and applied organismal biology that prepares students for graduate studies as well as careers within governmental and non-governmental agencies and environmental firms dealing with biological conservation.
Students interested in mathematical and statistical approaches to conservation of endangered species, management of exploited populations, and their habitats will be equipped in basic ecological data analysis and modeling. The demand for professionals who can integrate quantitative methods and ecological concepts is rapidly increasing among government agencies, academia, and the private sector. Possible careers include entry-level assistant positions in fisheries management, wildlife management, environmental consulting, and research at conservation agencies. This is also suitable for students who plan to obtain a post-baccalaureate degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) in ecology and related fields later in order to pursue higher-level positions.