Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences - BS, Wildlife 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.

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Option

This option is designed for students interested in the research, management and conservation of wildlife and its ecosystems. This option provides considerable flexibility when designing a degree program and allows students to focus on both terrestrial and aquatic conservation management. Job opportunities are available with state and federal agencies; private land management individuals and companies; state, national and international organizations; environmental consulting firms; and as private consultants. Emphasis areas in this option include:

Wildlife Ecology Emphasis

The wildlife ecology emphasis is for students interested in research and management of terrestrial animals and ecosystems, including game, non-game, and endangered species. The ability to be certified is becoming increasingly important for employment. Courses taken meet course certification requirements of The Wildlife Society.

Wildlife and Fisheries Management Emphasis

This emphasis is for students interested in understanding and management of both aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Courses taken meet course certification requirements of both the American Fisheries Society and The Wildlife Society. The ability to be certified is becoming increasingly important for employment.

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.

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
Choose 1 Physiology course4
Natural History of the Invertebrates
Principles of Animal Physiology
Biomedical Physiology I
Field experience3
Select one of the following:
Field Studies
Directed Studies
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Option
Biodiversity electives6
Select two of the following:
Biology of Insects
General Mammalogy
General Ornithology
Earth science elective4
Select one of the following:
Soil Science
Principles of Geology
and Oceanography Laboratory
Policy elective3
Select one of the following:
Fish and Wildlife Laws and Administration
Environmental Impact Assessment
Conservation of Natural Resources
Natural Resources Policy
Directed electives 226
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 wildlife management, conservation or animal behavior.


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.