This emphasis 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 which permits the inclusion of courses specifically required by graduate degree programs as well as schools of dentistry, law, medicine and veterinary medicine. Emphasis areas in this option include:
Pre-professional Emphasis. This emphasis provides flexibility which permits the inclusion of courses specifically required by schools of dentistry, law, medicine and veterinary medicine.
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Emphasis. The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology emphasis is 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 will prepare students for graduate studies as well as careers within governmental and nongovernmental agencies and environmental firms dealing with biological conservation.
Professor: Dr Kirk Winemiller
Office: 110D Wildlife, Fisheries, and Ecological Sciences Building Laboratory Building
Phone: (979) 862-4020
Quantitative Ecology Emphasis: This is a new emphasis area in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences for students who are interested in mathematical and statistical approaches to conservation of endangered species, management of exploited populations, and their habitats. The demand for professionals who can integrate quantitative methods and ecological concepts is rapidly increasing among government agencies, academia, and the private sector. The new QE emphasis has been created in order to respond to this increasing demand.
By successfully completing this emphasis, students will be equipped in basic ecological data analysis and modeling. Possible careers include entry-level assistant positions in fisheries management, wildlife management, environmental consulting, and research at conservation agencies. This emphasis is also suitable for students who plan to obtain a post baccalaureate degree (M.S. or PhD) in ecology and related fields later in order to pursue higher level positions.
A list of courses is shown here. If you are interested in finding more about the QE emphasis, please contact Dr. Masami Fujiwara by emailing to fujiwara (at) tamu.edu.
Vertebrate Zoology Option¹
|Biodiversity Electives 2||(3-3)||6|
|PHYS 202 College Physics II||(3-3)||4|
|CHEM 102 Fundamentals of Chemistry II||(3-3)||4|
|CHEM 228 Organic Chemistry II||(3-0)||3|
|CHEM 238 Organic Chemistry Laboratory||(0-3)||1|
|BICH 303 Elements of Biological Chemistry||(3-0)||3|
|Directed Electives 3||21|
- A total of 125 semester hours will be required for a B.S. degree
- Select two courses from WFSC 311 (Ichthyology), WFSC 315 (Herpetology), WFSC 401 (Mammalogy), or WFSC 402 (Ornithology).
- Directed electives should be chosen in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Emphasis or to meet prerequisite requirements for admission to professional schools.
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Emphasis:
See Advisor for list of approved courses for the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Emphasis
See Advisor for list of approved courses for the Pre-Professional Emphasis