BS in Natural Resource Science and Management with Emphasis in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences

Degree Program Description

The Natural Resource Science and Management degree with an emphasis in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences has a strong focus on taxonomy and adds additional required courses on research and management techniques.  The degree addresses the science, art, and craft of creating, managing, using, conserving, and repairing natural and human-dominated ecosystems, in a sustainable manner, to meet desired societal goals.  The degree has elements that belong to the biological, physical, social, political and managerial sciences that are applied to conserving plant and animal species in forests, grasslands, rivers and streams, and urban areas.  The degree also develops students' skills in working with diverse groups of people.  Students with degrees in Natural Resource Science and Management with an emphasis in Fisheries and Wildlife work as conservation biologists, ecologists, fisheries biologists, ornithologists, and wildlife biologists.

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Emphasis Area Requirement

In addition to completing major program requirements, students must complete the following additional requirements (44 credit hours):

F_W 1100Introductory Zoology with Laboratory5
F_W 2500Introduction to Genetics and Evolution for Conservation3
or BIO_SC 2200 General Genetics
F_W 4500Animal Population Dynamics and Management3
F_W 2900Principles of Wildlife Management4
F_W 4300Fisheries Management3
F_W 4400Techniques for Fisheries Management and Conservation4
or F_W 4700 Wildlife Research and Management Evaluation Methods
Choose from group:10-12
NAT_R 2080Outdoor Recreation Consortium2
F_W 3700Animal Behavior3
F_W 3400Water Quality and Natural Resource Management3
or FOREST 4390 Watershed Management and Water Quality
F_W 3900Ecology of Fishes3
F_W 4100Limnology3
F_W 4200Urban Wildlife Conservation3
F_W 4220Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Conservation3
F_W 4600Ecosystem Management4
F_W 4800Environmental Toxicology3
F_W 4810Wildlife Disease Ecology3
F_W 4880Waterfowl Ecology and Management3
Choose three courses from group with no more than 5 credits from BIO_SC:12-13
F_W 2600Ornithology4
F_W 2700Ichthyology4
F_W 3660Mammalogy4
BIO_SC 3710
BIO_SC 3715
Introductory Entomology
and Insect Diversity
BIO_SC 3260Invertebrate Zoology4

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample semester plan for the Fisheries and Wildlife Emphasis Area.  Please consult with your advisor prior to registering for courses.

First Year
BIO_SC 12005ATM_SC 10503
ENGLSH 10003Humanities Elective #13
MATH 11003CHEM 13204
NAT_R 10703F_W 11005
 14 15
Second Year
AG_EC 10413F_W 3000-level Zoology course #14
F_W 29004STAT 14003
Humanities Elective #23SOIL 21003
MATH 14003NAT_R 43253
MO State Government Requirement3F_W 25003
 16 16
Third Year
BIO_SC 36505F_W 36003
NAT_R 31103P_R_TR 32313
F_W 43003F_W 3000-level Zoology course #24
FOREST 21514F_W Professional Elective3
SOIL 21062 
 17 13
Fourth Year
F_W 4400 or 47004NAT_R 43533
F_W 45003F_W 3000-level Zoology course #34
Social Science Elective3F_W Professional Elective3
F_W Professional Elective4undefined 
 Humanities Elective #33
 F_W 46504
 14 17
Total Credits: 122

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Degree Audit

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MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

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Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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