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Environmental Studies: Fisheries and Wildlife Biology ConcentrationEnvironmental Studies: Fisheries and Wildlife Biology Concentration

Environmental Studies: Fisheries and Wildlife Biology Concentration

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies: Conservation: Fisheries and Wildlife Biology Concentration: 120 credits

The fisheries and wildlife biology concentration in the environmental studies program at Cal U provides a broad-based curriculum that exposes graduates to various techniques and philosophies of fisheries and wildlife management.

Our curriculum includes those courses identified by the Wildlife Society and the American Fisheries Society as critical for the graduate and as such offers our graduates a chance to become certified by either society upon graduation. This program also incorporates many unique experiences that help students network with future employers and develop professional contacts. Many of our graduates continue their studies in graduate school, while others enter the workforce.

This concentration emphasizes fisheries and wildlife biology and management in North America, including both freshwater and marine systems. You’ll learn about natural resources, aquatic and terrestrial habitats, population dynamics, laws and regulations, aquaculture, conservation and current fisheries issues.

Below is the recommended framework of courses for completing your degree in four years.

First Semester – 14 credits
CourseCredits
BIO 120 General Zoology                                                                      4 crs.
ENG 101 English Composition I3 crs.
UNI 100 First-Year Seminar1 cr.
General Education Courses
6 crs.

Second Semester – 16-17 credits
CourseCredits
BIO 125 General Botany                                                                       4 crs.
ENG 102 English Composition II                                                             3 crs.
MAT 181 College Algebra, MAT 273 Applied Calculus OR MAT 281 Calculus
3 crs.
General Education Courses
6-7 crs.

Third Semester – 17 credits
CourseCredits
BIO 215 Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology                               4 crs.
CHE 101 General Chemistry I4 crs.
Free Elective3 crs.
General Education Course
3 crs.
General Education EMA3 crs.

Fourth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits
BIO 248 General Ecology4 crs.
BIO/ENS 300- OR 400-Level Botany Course                                              4 crs.
CHE 102 General Chemistry II4 crs.
MAT 215 Statistics3 crs.

Fifth Semester – 13 credits
CourseCredits
ENS 420 Principles of Wildlife Management                                               3 crs.
BIO 318 Genetics4 crs.
GIS 311 Geographic Information Systems3 crs.
ENS 495 Design and Analysis3 crs.

Sixth Semester – 16 credits
CourseCredits
ENS 399 Conservation Biology OR
ENS 425 Principles of Aquaculture                                                         
3 crs.
Biology-related Elective4 crs.
Free Elective9 crs.

Seventh Semester – 14 credits
CourseCredits
ENS 423 Wildlife Management Techniques OR
ENS 424 Fisheries Management                                                           
4 crs.
Law/Planning Elective3 crs.
BIO-related Elective4 crs.
Free Elective3 crs.

Eighth Semester – 14/15 credits
CourseCredits
ENS 492 Animal Population Dynamics                                                   4 crs.
General Education Courses6 crs.
Free Elective
4/5 crs.

Note: A minimum of 3 General Education credits must be at or above the 300 level for graduation.