Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences - 5-Year Bachelor of Science /Master of Public Service Administration

The Department of Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management and The Bush School of Government and Public Service offers a five-year joint-degree program that allows undergraduate students majoring in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences to enter the Master of Public Service and Administration program at the beginning of their fourth year. The program integrates the science and practice of managing fish and wildlife populations with policies for these public resources on both public and private lands. Students are prepared for careers in conservation with a foundation in life and physical sciences, mathematics, and problem-solving skills that accommodate animals and their habitats within larger ecological systems. After completing the joint-degree, students are prepared for a wide variety of post-graduate opportunities including employment in local, state, or federal government, non-profit organizations, and private industry.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BIOL 111 Introductory Biology I 4
MATH 140 Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences 3
RENR 205 Fundamentals of Ecology 3
WFSC 101 Introduction to Wildlife and Fisheries 3
Free elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
BIOL 112 Introductory Biology II 4
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
HIST 105 History of the United States 3
MATH 142 Business Calculus 3
Language, philosophy and culture elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
CHEM 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 4
HIST 106 History of the United States 3
POLS 206 American National Government 3
WFSC 302 Natural History of the Vertebrates 3
Free elective 1
Creative arts elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring
CHEM 222 Elements of Organic and Biological Chemistry 3
PHYS 201 College Physics 4
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
RENR 215 Fundamentals of Ecology--Laboratory 1
WFSC 303 Fish and Wildlife Laws and Administration 3
WFSC 401 General Mammalogy 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Third Year
Fall
ESSM 351/RENR 405 Geographic Information Systems for Resource Management 3
WFSC 311 Ichthyology 3
WFSC 403 Animal Ecology 3
WFSC 408 Techniques of Wildlife Management 3
WFSC 433 Molecular Ecology in Wildlife and Fisheries 3
Social and behavioral sciences elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring
COMM 203
Public Speaking
or Technical and Business Writing
3
WFSC 304 Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation 3
WFSC 402 General Ornithology 3
WFSC 484 Internship 3
Select one of the following: 3
Wildland Watershed Management  
Wildland Plants of North America  
Agrostology  
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Biometry  
Statistical Methods  
Statistical Methods  
 Semester Credit Hours18
Fourth Year
Fall
BUSH 631 Quantitative Methods in Public Management I 2 3
PSAA 601 Foundations of Public Service 2 3
PSAA 621 Economic Analysis 2 3
PSAA 643 Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
Spring
PSAA 611 Public Policy Formation 2 3
Select one of the following: 3
Quantitative Methods in Public Management II  
Quantitative Methods in Public Management II: Policy Analysis Emphasis  
Program Evaluation in Public and Nonprofit Organizations  
PSAA Track Core  
Select one of the following: 3
Public Finance  
Public Management  
Management and Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations  
WFSC Directed Elective 2  
Select one of the following: 3
Wildlife Restoration  
Wetland Ecology and Pollution  
Wildlife Ecotoxicology  
Applied Biodiversity Science I  
Directed Studies  
 Semester Credit Hours12
Fifth Year
Fall
PSAA 675 Public Service and Administration Capstone Seminar 3
PSAA Track Core  
Select one of the following: 3
Policy Analysis  
Budgeting in Public Service  
Fiscal Management for Nonprofits  
Directed electives 3 6
 Semester Credit Hours12
Spring
PSAA 676 Public Service and Administration Capstone Seminar II 3
Directed electives 3 9
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours150

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

The program includes a total of 168 hours which up to 18 hours may be applied toward both the Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences and the Master of Public Service Administration.