Environmental Studies - Fisheries and Wildlife Biology Concentration

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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.

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

Freshman Year

First Semester - 14 credits
Course Credits
BIO 120 General Zoology                                                                      4 crs.
ENG 101 English Composition I 3 crs.
UNI 100 First-Year Seminar 1 cr.
General Education Courses 6 crs.



Second Semester - 16-17 credits
Course Credits
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.


Sophomore Year

Third Semester - 17 credits
Course Credits
BIO 215 Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology                               4 crs.
CHE 101 General Chemistry I 4 crs.
Free Elective 3 crs.
General Education Course 3 crs.
General Education EMA 3 crs.



Fourth Semester - 15 credits
Course Credits
BIO 248 General Ecology 4 crs.
BIO/ENS 300- OR 400-Level Botany Course                                              4 crs.
CHE 102 General Chemistry II 4 crs.
MAT 215 Statistics 3 crs.


Junior Year

Fifth Semester - 13 credits
Course Credits
ENS 420 Principles of Wildlife Management                                               3 crs.
BIO 318 Genetics 4 crs.
GIS 311 Geographic Information Systems 3 crs.
ENS 495 Design and Analysis 3 crs.


Sixth Semester - 16 credits
Course Credits
ENS 399 Conservation Biology OR
ENS 425 Principles of Aquaculture                                                         
3 crs.
Biology-related Elective 4 crs.
Free Elective 9 crs.


Senior Year 

Seventh Semester - 14 credits
Course Credits
ENS 423 Wildlife Management Techniques OR
ENS 424 Fisheries Management                                                           
4 crs.
Law/Planning Elective 3 crs.
BIO-related Elective 4 crs.
Free Elective 3 crs.



Eighth Semester - 14/15 credits
Course Credits
ENS 492 Animal Population Dynamics                                                    4 crs.
General Education Courses 6 crs.
Free Elective 4/5 crs.



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