Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences - BS, Aquatic Ecology and Conservation Option

Graduates are well equipped for post-baccalaureate study in many life science fields (graduate school programs and human and veterinary medicine) or for direct entry into professions such as wildlife management, fisheries management, environmental impact assessment, aquaculture, natural history museum education, zoological park collection management, public school teaching and urban wildlife management. Employers of recent graduates include state and federal resource agencies, scientific foundations, ranches, hunting and fishing clubs, fish farms, environmental consulting firms, museums and secondary schools.

Wildlife ecology, aquatic ecology, and vertebrate zoology curriculum options lead to the Bachelor of Science degree. At the end of the sophomore year, and after consultation with his or her advisor, each student will choose a course of study from among the options within the department’s curricula. The chosen option is enhanced by a common departmental “core” of courses necessary for a sound education in the wildlife and fisheries conservation professions.

Students are encouraged to develop an emphasis area within their degree option. To build this emphasis area, students will choose directed electives, from related disciplines, in consultation with their academic advisor and faculty members.

This option (Aquatic Ecology & Conservation Option which will soon be called the Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences Option) is designed for 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. 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.

Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences Core Courses 1
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 222Elements of Organic and Biological Chemistry3
CHEM 242Elementary Organic Chemistry Laboratory1
ENGL 210Technical and Business Writing3
GENE 301
GENE 312
Comprehensive Genetics
and Comprehensive Genetics Laboratory
PHYS 201College Physics4
RENR 205Fundamentals of Ecology3
STAT 302Statistical Methods3
WFSC 101Introduction to Wildlife and Fisheries1
WFSC 302Natural History of the Vertebrates3
WFSC 304Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation3
Select one of the following:4
Principles of Animal Physiology
Biomedical Physiology I
Field Herpetology
Field experience3
Select one of the following:
Field Studies
Directed Studies
Aquatic Ecology and Conservation Option
WFSC 311Ichthyology3
WFSC 414Ecology of Lakes and Rivers4
WFSC 417Biology of Fishes4
Human dimension elective3
Select one of the following:
Fundamentals of Environmental Decision-Making
Managing People in Organizations
Law, Politics and Policy
Environmental Impact Assessment
Environmental Sociology
Fish and Wildlife Laws and Administration
Directed electives 225
University Core Curriculum
BIOL 111Introductory Biology I4
BIOL 112Introductory Biology II4
COMM 203Public Speaking3
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric3
MATH 131Mathematical Concepts—Calculus3
or MATH 142   or Business Calculus 
PHIL 240Introduction to Logic3
or MATH 141   or Finite Mathematics 
RENR 215Fundamentals of Ecology--Laboratory1
American history electives 36
Creative arts elective 33
Government/Political science electives6
Language, philosophy and culture elective 33
Social and behavioral science elective 33
Total Semester Credit Hours120

Students currently enrolled at Texas A&M who wish to transfer to a Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences major must have achieved a grade of C or higher in introductory biology and mathematics courses required in the University Core Curriculum. Enrollment in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences (WFSC) option courses will be restricted to students who have achieved a grade of C or higher in prerequisite courses.


Directed electives to be chosen in areas related to fisheries, aquaculture and related topics.


The Graduation requirements include a requirement for 6 hours of international and cultural diversity courses. A course satisfying a Core category, a college/department requirement, or a free elective can be used to satisfy this requirement.

Students are required to make a C or better in all WFSC and RENR 205/RENR 215 courses.

A total of 120 semester hours will be required for a BS degree.