This option 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. Emphasis areas in this option include:
Wildlife Ecology Emphasis: The wildlife ecology emphasis 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 meet course certification requirements of The Wildlife Society.
Wildlife & Fisheries Management Emphasis: This emphasis is for students interested in understanding and managing both aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Courses taken meet course certification requirements of both the American Fisheries Society and The Wildlife Society.
Conservation Biology Emphasis: This emphasis is for students interested in conservation of the earth’s biodiversity. This emphasis allows the student to focus on various ecological environments and socio-economic aspects including urban and/or wetland conservation.
Animal Behavior Management Emphasis: This emphasis prepares students to manage behavioral interactions between humans and wildlife in a variety of settings. Understanding animal behavior is essential for a career in animal care positions, at nature centers, zoos, aquaria, captive breeding centers, rehabilitation centers, and protected natural areas on public or private lands. Possible career opportunities include animal damage control/wildlife service specialist, interpretive naturalist, or animal trainer.
Natural Resource Collections & Museums Emphasis: Humans have a fascination with the world around them and enjoy visitations to centers which bring them closer to their world and to their heritage. Such is the intent of museums, nature centers and zoological gardens. Students in this option are prepared for careers in natural history and science museums, botanical gardens, nature centers, zoological parks, and wild animal breeding institutions. Students will receive instruction in program development and presentation, curation and display of museum collections, and the administration of public science educational facilities.
Professor: Dr Doug Slack
Office: 311 B Wildlife, Fisheries, and Ecological Sciences Building Hall
Phone: (979) 845-5777
Wildlife Ecology & Conservation Option1
|iodiversity Electives 2||(3-3)||6|
|Policy Elective 3||(3-3)||3|
|Earth Science Elective 4||(3-3)||4|
|Directed Electives 5||29|
- A total of 125 semester hours will be required for a B.S. degree
- Select two courses from WFSC 315 (Herpetology), WFSC 401 (Mammalogy), or WFSC 402 (Ornithology).
- Select from WFSC 303 (Wildlife and Fisheries Laws and Administration), RENR 420 (Natural Resource Law), RENR 470 (Environmental Impact Assessment), or FRSC 406 (Forest Policy).
- Choose from AGRO 301 (Soil Science), WFSC 414 (Limnology), GEOL 101 (Principles of Geology), or OCNG 251 (3 credit hours, Oceanography)/OCNG 252 (1 credit hour, Oceanography Laboratory).
- Directed electives to be chosen in areas related to wildlife management, conservation, animal behavior, or natural resource collections and museums.
Wildlife & Fisheries Management Emphasis
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Wildlife Ecology Emphasis
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Conservation Biology Emphasis
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Animal Behavior Management Emphasis
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Natural Resource Collections & Museums Emphasis
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