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Zoology and Physiology|College of Arts and Sciences

Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and Management (WFBM) Major & Minor

The wildlife and fisheries biology and management (WFBM) curriculum is designed to develop an appreciation for the cultural, recreational, economic and ecological values of our fisheries and wildlife resources and to train students for positions in management, research, and law enforcement. It is a professional degree within the College of Arts and Sciences.

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The program provides a thorough introduction to the basic sciences in addition to more intensive training in fisheries or wildlife ecology and management. In addition to the core of required courses, many electives are available allowing the student to pursue special interests in consultation with a faculty adviser and providing for a broadly-based education. The professional degree in wildlife and fisheries biology and management qualifies students for a wide variety of positions in state, federal and private agencies.

Students interested in careers related to fisheries and wildlife management and biology such as journalism, law enforcement, administration/planning, diseases and range management can take elective coursework in those areas.

At the end of their program, students will have earned a degree that is compatible with the requirements for professional certification in the American Fisheries Society and the American Wildlife Society.

Typical Program of Study for WFBM Majors:

Freshman Year
Students take introductory courses in subjects such as biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics as these provide essential tools for understanding ideas and processes in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and Management.

Sophomore Year
Students finish any introductory course they have not yet completed and take courses in resource management, natural history of vertebrates, physiology, genetics, and evolution, as these subjects provide the great underlying principles of population dynamics, and the mechanisms of evolution.

Junior and Senior Years
In these years students select a terrestrial or aquatic option, taking relevant courses such as Animal Behavior, Wildlife Ecology and Management, Fish Management, Limnology, Fish Culture and Nutrition, Comparative Environmental Physiology, Evolutionary Biology, Invertebrate Biology, Ornithology, Ichthyology, Mammalogy, Vegetation Ecology and several different courses in Range Management and Botany.


Class Requirements

WFBM Major: Advising Checksheet

WFBM Major: Advising Checksheet (NEW: under 2015 USP)

WFBM Major: The four year plan (with Aquatic Option, 2015)

WFBM Major: The four year plan (with Terrestrial Option, 2015)

WFBM Minor: Credit Requirements

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