Wildlife Conservation and Management (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

Provides the student interested in Conservation and/or Wildlife Management with the background needed to be hired as a biologist by various state, federal, and nongovernmental agencies, as well as at the GS-5 or GS-7 level by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as well  as meet the education requirements for certification as Associate and Certified Wildlife Biologist by the Certification Program of Professional Wildlife Biologists of The Wildlife Society.

General Studies
Students must complete General Studies courses42-47
Major Requirements
BIO 105Principles of Organismal Biology4
BIO 106Principles of Cell Biology4
BIO 205Genetics4
BIO 209Introduction to Wildlife Conservation3
BIO 225Evolutionary Ecology4
BIO 311Animal Physiology4
or BIO 340 Plant Physiology
BIO 318Ornithology4
BIO 350Plant Systematics4
or BIO 407 Plant Morphology
BIO 351Local Flora2
BIO 360Development of Federal Wildlife Law3
BIO 409Principles of Terrestrial Wildlife Management3
BIO 415Invertebrate Biology4
or BIO 455 Entomology
BIO 418Mammalogy4
BIO 461Renewable Resources Policy and Administration3
or PHL 325 Ethics of Environmental and Natural Resource Policy
Department approved elective4-5
CHE 111General Chemistry I5
CHE 120General Chemistry II with Qualitative Analysis5
MAT 132Elementary Statistics3
PHY 110College Physics I4
Department approved Communications elective3
Select one of the following conservation internships:2
Biology Internship
Biology Internship
and Independent Research/Project

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 124 credit hours, including 60 from a senior college (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  6. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.