2021-2022 Academic Catalog

B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology degree explores various techniques and philosophies of fisheries and wildlife management. The program emphasizes the management of North American species, with a focus on those found within Pennsylvania. Students learn about natural resources, conservation and current issues in the discipline. 

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)


The curriculum includes those courses identified by the Wildlife Society and the American Fisheries Society as critical for the graduate. Students have 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. 

Course Credits
General Education Courses 40 or 42
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100 First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I
Public Speaking
Any Oral Communication Course
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
MAT 181  College Algebra  OR  MAT 273  Applied Calculus  OR  MAT 281  Calculus I
Health and Wellness
Any Health and Wellness Course
Technological Literacy
GIS 311  Geographic Information Systems
Any Humanities Course
Fine Arts
Any Fine Arts Course
Natural Sciences
GLG 150  Introduction to Geology  OR  GLG 303  Hydrology  OR  PHY 121  General Physics I
3 or 4
Social Sciences
Any Social Science Course
General Education Options
  • Any Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis Course
  • ENG 102  Composition II
  • PHS 137  Introduction to Environmental Chemistry  OR  CHE 102  General Chemistry II (3 or 4 credits)
  • Any General Education Course
Required Major Courses 49
BIO 120  General Zoology 4
BIO 125  General Botany 4
BIO 215  Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
BIO 218  Genetics 4
BIO 248  General Ecology 4
BIO/ENS 300- or 400-level Botany Course 4
ENS 423  Wildlife Management Techniques  OR  ENS 424  Fisheries Management 4
ENS 492  Animal Population Dynamics 4
ENS 495  Design and Analysis 4
CHE 101  General Chemistry I 4
MAT 215  Statistics 3
Select two of the following:
  • ENS 399  Conservation Biology
  • ENS 420  Principles of Wildlife Management
  • ENS 425  Principles of Aquaculture
Related Electives 11
Select two of the following:
  • BIO 337  Ornithology
  • BIO 400  Mammalogy
  • BIO 407  Mycology
  • BIO 433  Herpetology
  • BIO 435  Ichthyology
  • BIO 441  Ethology
  • BIO 445  Entomology
  • BIO 446  Freshwater Invertebrate Zoology
  • BIO 488  Water Pollution Biology
Select one of the following:
  • ENS 435  Natural Resource Law and Policy
  • GIS 413  Environmental Applications in GIS
  • REC 362  Recreation Site Design and Management
  • REC 365  Recreation Resource Management
Free Electives 18 or 20
Total 120

Additional requirements, not counted toward the General Education requirements, include:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): Any Special Experience Course
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): Any two BIO or ENS Upper-Division Writing Component Courses
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): BIO 215 Cellular and Molecular Biology

Program Note: See adviser for information regarding certification by the American Fisheries Society and the Wildlife Society.

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