Students with a Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences (WFSC) major will complete 120 hours of coursework to obtain the Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. Of these hours, 41 come from the University’s Core Curriculum which acts to enrich and broaden the University’s tradition of providing excellence through preparation in each student’s academic major. Another 40 hours are required of all WFSC majors as part of the core curriculum of the WFSC department. These courses provide students with a solid scientific and ecological base for their chosen degree option. There are three degree options in the following areas: Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences, Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, and Vertebrate Zoology. In addition, students are able to choose from a variety of emphasis areas that will allow them to customize their program for a specific area of interest. The option and emphasis include an additional 39 hours of course work. Students must always refer to the catalog under which they entered Texas A&M for their specific curriculum requirements. Students should review the University Catalog and Academic Calendar for requirements, dates, and deadlines.
WFSC Academic Requirements
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences requires all students to maintain at least an overall and major GPA of 2.0 or higher. Students who entered the program (fall 2012 and after) will be required to receive at least a C or better in BIOL 111, 112, RENR 205/215 and ALL WFSC courses.
University Core Curriculum (41 Hours)
These courses have been hand-picked by the WFSC department to provide students with a solid foundation for the departmental core and degree option coursework. Student must take two Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences approved Writing Intensive courses.
WFSC Core Curriculum (40 Hours)
WFSC requires a “core” of courses necessary for a sound education in the wildlife and fisheries conservation professions. Students in the Vertebrate Zoology option will need to follow the footnotes for additional requirements.
WFSC Degree Options (39 Hours)
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences offers three Concentration areas within their major of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences: Fisheries, Aquaculture, & Aquatic Sciences/Wildlife Ecology & Conservation/Vertebrate Zoology. After consultation with an advisor, each student will choose a course of study from among the options within the department. To find more information on the degree options visit the section on Degree Options.
Students are responsible for staying up to date on the Texas A&M University Student Rules, WFSC website, and the TAMU Undergraduate Catalog for updated information on the university and departmental guidelines.