Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences - BS, Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences Track

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. Each student will choose a course of study from among the options within the department’s curricula after consultation with the academic advisor. 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 (previously known as the Aquatic Ecology and Conservation) 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 degree option can also prepare students for grad school. 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
Natural History of the Invertebrates
Biomedical Physiology I
Field Herpetology
Field experience3
Select one of the following:
Field Studies
Directed Studies
Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences Emphasis
WFSC 311Ichthyology3
WFSC 403Animal Ecology3
WFSC 404Aquatic Ecosystems3
WFSC 410Principles of Fisheries Management4
WFSC 425Marine Fisheries3
WFSC 444Aquaculture I: Principles and Practices4
WFSC 447Aquaculture II: Aquatic Animal Nutrition, Feeding and Disease Management4
WFSC 448Fish Ecophysiology3
WFSC 449Professional Aspects of Aquatic Ecology3
WFSC 303Fish and Wildlife Laws and Administration3
Directed electives 26
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 
Select one of the following:3
Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences
Finite Mathematics
Introduction to Logic
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 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.