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.  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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Major Program Requirements

In addition to completing major program requirements, students must complete the following additional requirements:

Emphasis Core Requirements
F_W 1100Introductory Zoology with Laboratory5
F_W 2500Introduction to Genetics and Evolution for Conservation3-4
or BIO_SC 2200 General Genetics
F_W 2900Principles of Wildlife Management4
F_W 4300Fisheries Management3
F_W 4400Techniques for Fisheries Management and Conservation3-4
or F_W 4700 Wildlife Ecology Methods
or ENV_SC 4300 Methods in Aquatic Ecology
F_W 4500Animal Population Dynamics and Management3
Professional Electives9
Outdoor Recreation Consortium
Water Quality and Natural Resources Management
Watershed Management and Water Quality
Animal Behavior
Ecology of Fishes
Lake Ecology
Stream Ecology and Hydrology
Urban Wildlife Conservation
Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Ecosystem Management
Environmental Toxicology
Wildlife Disease Ecology
Waterfowl Ecology and Management
Zoology Courses (Choose 3 courses, with no more than 5 credits from BIO_SC)12
Invertebrate Zoology
Introductory Entomology
and Insect Diversity
Total Credits42-44

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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 10003CHEM 13204 
MATH 11003F_W 11005 
NAT_R 10703Humanities & Fine Arts3 
 14 15  
Second Year
ABM 10413SOIL 21003 
F_W 29004STAT 25003 
MATH 14003F_W 25003 
Humanities & Fine Arts3NAT_R 23253 
Missouri State Law Requirement3Zoology Course4 
 16 16  
Third Year
BIO_SC 36505F_W 36003F_W 49403
NAT_R 31103PRST 32313 
FOREST 21514Zoology Course4 
SOIL 21062Professional Elective3 
Behavioral or Social Science3Humanities & Fine Arts3 
 17 16 3
Fourth Year
F_W 45003NAT_R 43533 
F_W 43003F_W 44004 
Professional Elective3F_W 46504 
Professional Elective3Zoology Course4 
 12 15  
Total Credits: 124

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

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.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

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.

For additional details on degree audits, go to

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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 are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career 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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