BSFW in Fisheries and Wildlife
Degree Program Description
Fisheries and Wildlife balances the needs of wildlife with the needs of people. That’s what conservation and wildlife management are all about. Through research that might require netting fish, banding birds or trapping mammals, skilled professionals find the best way to strike that balance. This degree combines interests in conserving wildlife habitat, protecting endangered species, and learning to manage wild fish and animal populations. Some fisheries and wildlife careers include Fisheries biologists, wildlife biologists, environmental consultants and environmental educators. Fisheries biologists and wildlife biologists often are employed by state and federal agencies, such as the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, or the National Park Service. They are responsible for managing wildlife habitat in conservation areas, fisheries, wildlife preserves, and state and national forests. Environmental consultants work for some of the nation’s largest and most respected private companies. Their job is to ensure fish and wildlife needs are accounted for when habitat decisions are made. Environmental consultants also work for private conservation groups such as Ducks Unlimited and the National Wild Turkey Federation, providing them with the expertise they need to fulfill their respective conservation missions. Environmental educators foster an appreciation for wildlife and natural resources among the public, and teach the importance of conservation and habitat preservation to future conservationists.
Major Program Requirements
In addition to courses that satisfy General Education requirements, students earning a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences must complete required F&W courses and elective options to reach 125 credits. Students must earn C- or better in all courses applied to degree.
|Major core requirements|
|CHEM 1320||College Chemistry I||4|
|Earth Science (select one)||4-5|
|Principles of Geology with Laboratory|
|Introduction to Soils|
and Soil Science Laboratory
|Physics (select one)||3-4|
|College Physics I|
|BIO_SC 1200||General Botany with Laboratory||5|
|F_W 1100||Introductory Zoology with Laboratory||5|
|or BIO_SC 1500||Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory|
|BIO_SC 3650||General Ecology||5|
|Animal Form/Function course (select one)||4-5|
|Elements of Physiology|
|Physiology of Domestic Animals|
and Physiology of Domestic Animals Laboratory
|Introduction to Cell Biology|
|Genetics (select one)||3-4|
|Introduction to Genetics and Evolution for Conservation|
|Genetics of Agricultural Plants and Animals|
|MATH 1100||College Algebra||3|
|MATH 1400||Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I||3|
|STAT 2530||Statistical Methods in Natural Resources||3|
|NAT_R 1070||Ecology and Renewable Resource Management||3|
|Public Speaking (select one)||3|
|AG_ED_LD 2220||Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources||3|
|COMMUN 1200||Public Speaking||3|
|Principles of Interpretive Outdoor Recreation|
|Plant Taxonomy (select one)||4|
|NAT_R 4353||Natural Resource Policy/Administration||3|
|NAT_R 3110||Natural Resource Biometrics||3|
|F_W 3600||Introduction to Conservation Biology||3|
|F_W 4500||Animal Population Dynamics and Management||3|
|Course (select 8 courses, minimum 27 hours, with at least three courses from A. and three from B.||24|
|A. Science and Natural History|
|Not more than one from this group:|
and Insect Diversity
|B. Management and Applications|
|Principles of Wildlife Management|
|F_W 3400||Water Quality and Natural Resource Management||3|
|F_W 3900||Ecology of Fishes||3|
|Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Conservation|
|F_W 4300||Fisheries Management||3|
|F_W 4400||Techniques for Fisheries Management and Conservation||4|
|Wildlife Management Planning|
|F_W 4880||Waterfowl Ecology and Management||3|
|can be used as seventh Professional Track course. Choose from a list of approved courses.|
Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.
|ATM_SC 1050||3||HIST 1100||3|
|NAT_R 1070||3||ENGLSH 1000||3|
|BIO_SC 1200||5||CL_HUM 1060||3|
|MATH 1100||3||F_W 1100||5|
|CHEM 1320||4||F_W 2500||3|
|Humanities Elective||3||STAT 2530||3|
|MATH 1400||3||AG_EC 1041||3|
|SOIL 2106||2||Professional Course||4|
|SOIL 2100||3||Social Science Elective||3|
|NAT_R 3110||3||F_W 3600||3|
|BIO_SC 3650||5||Humanities Elective||3|
|Professional Course||4||NAT_R 4353||3|
|AG_ED_LD 2220||3||BIO_SC 3210||4|
|Humanities Elective||3||F_W 4500||3|
|Professional Course||4||Capstone Course||4|
|Professional Course||4||Professional Course||4|
|MPP 3202||5||Professional Course||3|
|Total Credits: 124|
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