Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology

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The fisheries and wildlife biology major in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Cal U provides a broad-based curriculum that exposes graduates to various techniques and philosophies of fisheris and wildlife management.

Our curriculum includes those courses identified by the Wildlife Society and the American Fisheries Society as critical for the graduate and 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 degree in fisheries and wildlife biology emphasizes the management of North American species, with a focus on those found within Pennsylvania. Students enrolled will learn about natural resources, conservation and current issues in the discipline. 


The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.

Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 14
BIO 120  General Zoology 4
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
General Education Courses 6
Second Semester 16 or 17
BIO 125  General Botany 4
ENG 102  English Composition II 3
MAT 181  College Algebra  OR  MAT 273  Applied Calculus  OR  MAT 281  Calculus I 3
General Education Courses 6 or 7
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 17
BIO 215  Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
CHE 101  General Chemistry I
Free Elective 3
General Education Course 3
General Education EMA 3
Fourth Semester 15
BIO 218  Genetics 4
BIO 248  General Ecology   4
CHE 102  General Chemistry II 4
MAT 215  Statistics 3
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 14
ENS 399  Conservation Biology  OR  ENS 420  Principles of Wildlife Biology  OR  425  Principles of Aquaculture 3
ENS 495  Design and Analysis 4
GIS 311  Geographic Information Systems 3
Advanced Botany Course 4
Sixth Semester 15
ENS 399 Conservation Biology OR ENS 420 Principles of Wildlife Biology OR 425 Principles of Aquaculture 3
Biology-related Elective 4
Free Electives 8
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 14
ENS 423  Wildlife Management Techniques  OR  ENS 424  Fisheries Management 
Biology-related Elective 4
Law/Planning/Policy Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Eighth Semester 14 or 15
ENS 492  Animal Population Dynamics 4
General Education Courses 3
Free Elective 7 or 8
Total 120

Related Electives

  • Pick two of the following (8 credits): BIO 337, BIO 400, BIO 407, BIO 433, BIO 435, BIO 441, BIO 445, BIO 446, BIO 488
  • Pick one of the following (6 credits): ENS 435, GIS 413, REC 362, REC 365