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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2008-2009

College of Life Sciences and Agriculture


Wildlife Ecology


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Professor: John A. Litvaitis, William W. Mautz, Peter J. Pekins

The wildlife curriculum is for students interested in the ecology, conservation, and management of wild animals. It is designed to provide a knowledge of wildlife species and their various forest, field, and wetland habitats. Students are prepared for employment with public and private agencies in wildlife conservation and management, or for continued study at the graduate level.

Fieldwork is carried out during the academic year on local and regional wildlife populations. Majors are assisted and encouraged to obtain summer employment related to wildlife and natural resources.

The degree earned is a bachelor of science with a major in wildlife ecology. The program is administered in the Department of Natural Resources.

Freshman Year
BIOL 411, Principles of Biology I
BIOL 412, Principles of Biology II
ENGL 401, First Year Writing
MATH 424B, Calculus for Life Sciences,
MATH 420, Finite Mathematics
NR 400, Professional Perspectives in Natural Resources
NR 401, Introduction to Natural Resources
NR 425, Field Dendrology
NR 433, Wildlife Ecology
Elective, physical science or General Education elective

Sophomore Year
BIOL 528, Applied Biostatistics I
CHEM 403, General Chemistry
CHEM 404, General Chemistry
ENGL 501, Introduction to Creative Nonfiction,
ENGL 502, Technical Writing,
ENGL 503, Persuasive Writing
EREC 411, Environmental and Resource Economics Perspectives
NR 527, Forest Ecology,
BIOL 541, General Ecology
NR 655, Vertebrate Biology
NR 658, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
ZOOL 542, Ornithology,
ZOOL 712, Mammalogy,

Junior Year
NR 602, Natural Resources and Environmental Policy
NR 615, Wildlife Habitats
NR 737, Wildlife Population Dynamics
ZOOL 625, Principles of Animal Physiology
ZOOL 690, Evolution, or ZOOL 665, Conservation Genetics
ZOOL 710, Ichthyology,
ZOOL 713, Animal Behavior,
ZOOL 733, Behavioral Ecology

Senior Year
NR 629, Silviculture or equivalent
NR 636, Wildlife Techniques
NR 738, Wildlife Policy and Management

Electives should be used to satisfy remaining general education requirements and the wildlife major requirements in the areas of communication skills and physical sciences (one course in each area-pertinent courses are listed in the detailed wildlife curricular guidelines available from the department).
Students interested in the wildlife ecology major may consult with the program coordinator, Peter Pekins, (603) 862-1017.

General Science Certification
See Department of Education and COLSA/Degrees.

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