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A.S. Wildlife & Fisheries Biology Emphasis

A.S. Wildlife & Fisheries Biology Emphasis

Why Wildlife & Fisheries Biology?

This two-year (67 credit) emphasis prepares students to further their education in a Biology of Wildlife and Fisheries Biology major. This degree is designed with potential transfer to Montana State University, the University of Montana, the University of Wyoming, the University of Idaho, or North Dakota State University. Graduates from a four-year program or with an advanced degree may find positions in resource management and conservation biology. A student graduating in this field with a four-year degree may become a wildlife disease specialist; law enforcement agent for the fish and game; wildlife refuge manager; waterfowl biologist; fisheries biologist; or naturalist in a national, state or municipal park; hatchery manager; or environmental consultant for the energy industry.

Most fish and wildlife biologists find employment with federal or state agencies. Competition for these jobs is intense and most professional-level positions require an advanced degree. Other career opportunities exist with private resource groups and private industry such as environmental consulting firms, and oil, coal, mineral, or chemical companies. Students should consult the catalog of the institution to which they expect to transfer and select appropriate courses in consultation with their advisor.

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Transfer into a four-year program in Biology, Zoology, Natural Resources, or Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and complete upper-division work;
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
  • Complete upper-level science courses in Biology, Ecology, Zoology, and Chemistry;
  • Calculate and complete statistical analysis of migrating patterns and animal census for population.

NOTE: 3 credits of either Humanities & Fine Arts or History & Social Sciences must meet the Cultural Diversity requirement.
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Total Credits for Program Completion: 67

  First Year - Fall Semester     18 Credits Credits
Natural Resource Conservation3
Montana Range Plants1
College Writing I3
Principles of Living Systems & Lab4
Intro to Ag & Env Resources1
Humanities & Fine Arts Core Requirement3
Basic MS Office3
  First Year - Spring Semester     16 Credits Credits
Introduction to Public Speaking3
Leadership Development for Agriculture(3)
Principles of Biological Diversity & Lab4
Intro to Technical Writing3
College Writing II(3)
Careers in Wildlife Biology2
College Algebra4
  Second Year - Fall Semester     17 Credits Credits
Intro to General Chemistry & Lab4
Principles of Microeconomics3
Survey of Calculus4
Natural Resource Ecology3
  Second Year - Spring Semester     16 Credits Credits
Intro to Organic & Biochemistry & Lab4
Introduction to GIS Science and Cartography3
Introduction to Statistics3
Humanities & Fine Arts Core Requirement3
History & Social Science Core Requirement3

Please refer to the the Current Catalog for specific program details.