Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences - BS, Vertebrate Zoology 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.

Vertebrate Zoology Option

This emphasis provides the rigorous training needed for careers in the various aspects of natural resources related to the fields of ichthyology, herpetology, mammalogy and ornithology, including behavior, ecology, evolution, genetics, molecular biology, physiology and systematics. It is a flexible program which permits the inclusion of courses specifically required by schools graduate programs as well as schools of dentistry, law, medicine and veterinary medicine.

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.

Students who are interested in mathematical and statistical approaches to conservation of endangered species, management of exploited populations, and their habitats will be equipped in basic ecological data analysis and modeling. The demand for professionals who can integrate quantitative methods and ecological concepts is rapidly increasing among government agencies, academia, and the private sector.  Possible careers include entry-level assistant positions in fisheries management, wildlife management, environmental consulting, and research at conservation agencies. This 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.

Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences Core Courses 1
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
4
CHEM 227Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 237Organic Chemistry Laboratory1
ENGL 210Technical and Business Writing3
GENE 301
GENE 312
Comprehensive Genetics
and Comprehensive Genetics Laboratory
4
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
Choose one physiology course4
Natural History of the Invertebrates
Biomedical Physiology I
Principles of Animal Physiology
Field experience3
Select one of the following:
Field Studies
Internship
Directed Studies
Research
Vertabrate Zoology Option
BICH 303Elements of Biological Chemistry3
or BICH 410   or Comprehensive Biochemistry I 
CHEM 102
CHEM 112
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II
4
CHEM 228
CHEM 238
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
4
PHYS 202College Physics4
Biodiversity electives6
Select two of the following:
Ichthyology
Herpetology
General Mammalogy
General Ornithology
Biology of Insects
Directed electives 218
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
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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.

2

Directed electives to be chosen to meet prerequisite requirements for admission to professional schools.

3

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.