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.
|Code||Title||Semester Credit Hours|
|Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences Core Courses 1|
& CHEM 111
|Fundamentals of Chemistry I|
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
|CHEM 227||Organic Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 237||Organic Chemistry Laboratory||1|
|ENGL 210||Technical and Business Writing||3|
& GENE 312
and Comprehensive Genetics Laboratory
|PHYS 201||College Physics||4|
|RENR 205||Fundamentals of Ecology||3|
|STAT 302||Statistical Methods||3|
|WFSC 101||Introduction to Wildlife and Fisheries||1|
|WFSC 302||Natural History of the Vertebrates||3|
|WFSC 304||Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation||3|
|Choose one physiology course||4|
|Natural History of the Invertebrates|
|Biomedical Physiology I|
|Principles of Animal Physiology|
Select one of the following:
|Vertabrate Zoology Option|
|BICH 303||Elements of Biological Chemistry||3|
|or BICH 410||or Comprehensive Biochemistry I|
& CHEM 112
|Fundamentals of Chemistry II|
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II
& CHEM 238
|Organic Chemistry II|
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
|PHYS 202||College Physics||4|
Select two of the following:
|Biology of Insects|
|Directed electives 2||18|
|University Core Curriculum|
|BIOL 111||Introductory Biology I||4|
|BIOL 112||Introductory Biology II||4|
|COMM 203||Public Speaking||3|
|ENGL 104||Composition and Rhetoric||3|
|MATH 131||Mathematical Concepts—Calculus||3|
|or MATH 142||or Business Calculus|
|PHIL 240||Introduction to Logic||3|
|or MATH 141||or Finite Mathematics|
|RENR 215||Fundamentals of Ecology--Laboratory||1|
|American history electives 3||6|
|Creative arts elective 3||3|
|Government/Political science electives||6|
|Language, philosophy and culture elective 3||3|
|Social and behavioral science elective 3||3|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||120|
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 to meet prerequisite requirements for admission to professional schools.
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.
A total of 120 semester hours will be required for a BS degree.