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New Mexico State University

2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog


DEGREE: Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

MAJOR: Wildlife Science

The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology prepares you for careers in a variety of natural resource fields related to the management of wild animal populations and the natural systems they share. Within the major you are offered two options. The Wildlife Ecology and Management Option is for students who plan to focus on terrestrial organisms, and the Aquatic Ecology and Management Option is for students who want to focus on fish and aquatic organisms. To graduate, an overall grade point average of 2.0 is required in courses taken in the major field and in all courses taken at NMSU. The department offers a minor in Wildlife Science for students majoring in other disciplines. The minor includes a minimum of 20 credits, with 17 credits in required courses and 3 in electives.

To become a certified wildlife biologist and be eligible for work as a wildlife biologist with the federal government you should have a total of 9 credit hours of Plant Biology and, therefore, must include at least one additional elective in plant biology. If you wish to become a certified fisheries biologist, you should include the following courses in your curriculum: FWCE 432 and FWCE 482.

New Mexico and University Requirements

Area I. Communications (10 credits)

ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition

4 cr.

 

ENGL 218GTechnical and Scientific Communication

3 cr.

or

ENGL 318GAdvanced Technical and Professional Communication

3 cr.

and

AXED 201GEffective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations

3 cr. (2+2P)

or

COMM 253GPublic Speaking

3 cr.

or

COMM 265GPrinciples of Human Communication

3 cr.

Area II. Mathematics (3 credits)

MATH 142GCalculus for the Biological and Management Sciences

3 cr. (2+2P)

or

MATH 191GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I

4 cr.

Area III. Science, with Laboratory (8 credits)

BIOL 111GNatural History of Life

3 cr.

BIOL 111GLNatural History of Life Laboratory

1 cr. (3P)

PHYS 110GThe Great Ideas of Physics

4 cr. (3+3P)

or

PHYS 211GGeneral Physics I

3 cr.

PHYS 211GLGeneral Physics I Laboratory

1 cr.

Area IV. Social/Behavioral Sciences (6-9 credits)

ECON 251GPrinciples of Macroeconomics

3 cr.

or

ECON 252GPrinciples of Microeconomics

3 cr.

 

See Catalog*

3-6

*Required Courses section

Area V. Humanities and Fine Arts (6-9 credits)

See Catalog*

6-9 cr.

Note:  Areas IV and V are linked.  You have to take a total of 15 credits between these two areas.

* Required Courses section.

Viewing a Wider World (6 credits)

See Catalog*

3 cr.

Note: 3 credits can be taken inside the College of ACES, but 3 credits must also be taken outside the College of ACES or 9 credits can be taken within a single department (e.g. Biology) that is outside the College of Aces.

Departmental Requirements


Extra-Departmental Core Courses

A ST 311Statistical Applications

3 cr.

AGRO 305Principles of Genetics

3 cr.

BIOL 211GCellular and Organismal Biology

3 cr.

BIOL 211GLCellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory

1 cr. (3P)

BIOL 322Zoology

3 cr. (2+3P)

CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I

4 cr. (3+3P)

CHEM 112GGeneral Chemistry II

4 cr. (3+3P)

GEOL 111GSurvey of Geology

4 cr. (3+3P)

or

SOIL 252Soils

3 cr.

and

SOIL 252 LSoils Laboratory

1 cr.

Students intending to pursue graduate studies should also take CHEM 211

Departmental Core Courses

FWCE 110Introduction to Natural Resources Management

3 cr.

FWCE 255Principles of Fish and Wildlife Management

3 cr.

FWCE 301Wildlife Ecology

3 cr.

FWCE 330Natural History of the Vertebrates

4 cr. (3+3P)

FWCE 391Internship

1 cr.

FWCE 393Professional Experience and Communication

3 cr.

FWCE 402Seminar in Natural Resource Management

1 cr.

FWCE 409Introduction to Population Ecology

3 cr.

FWCE 447Wildlife Law and Policy

3 cr.

FWCE 457Ecological Biometry

3 cr.

or

BIOL 488Principles of Conservation Genetics

3 cr.

FWCE 464Management of Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosystems

4 cr. (3+2P)

FWCE 110: Off campus students can take FWCE 110 Distance Education

Departmental Botany Requirements

BIOL 312Plant Taxonomy

3 cr. (2+3P)

or

RGSC 316Rangeland Plants

3 cr. (2+3P)

and

BIOL 313Structure and Function of Plants

3 cr. (2+3P)

and

BIOL 314Plant Physiology

3 cr.

or

RGSC 325Rangeland Restoration Ecology

3 cr.

or

RGSC 357Grass Taxonomy and Identification

3 cr. (1+4P)

or

RGSC 440Rangeland Resource Ecology

3 cr.

Departmental Physiology Requirements

One course from the following:
FWCE 432Environmental Biology of Fishes

4 cr. (3+3P)

FWCE 438Vertebrate Physiological Ecology

3 cr.

ANSC 370Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals

4 cr. (3+2P)

or

BIOL 314Plant Physiology

3 cr.

or

BIOL 381Animal Physiology

3 cr.

Students Must Declare One of the Two Following Options

A maximum of 3 credits of FWCE 448 can count towards the Option. More credits can be taken towards the degree.

OPTION: Aquatic Ecology and Management

(5 classes: 1 techniques, 1 management, 2 organismal, 1 Wildlife Ecology and Management)

Category 1: Techniques

FWCE 357Fisheries Management and Analysis

4 cr. (3+2P)

Category 2: Management

FWCE 434Aquatic Contaminants and Toxicology

4 cr. (3+3P)

FWCE 459Aquatic Ecology

4 cr.

RGSC 318Watershed Management

3 cr. (2+2P)

Category 3: Organismal Biology

(At least one course chosen must be a vertebrate taxonomy course with FWCE prefix, i.e., one of FWCE 467 or FWCE 482).

BIOL 465Invertebrate Zoology

4 cr. (3+3P)

EPWS 462Parasitology

3 cr.

FWCE 467Herpetology

4 cr.

FWCE 482Ichthyology

4 cr. (3+2P)

Electives

ACES 111Freshman Orientation

1 cr.

FWCE 433Fisheries Management

4(3+2P)

FWCE 448Problems

1-3 cr.

FWCE 450Special Topics

1-4 cr.

FWCE 471GIS for Natural Resource Scientists

4 cr.

FWCE 472Wildlife Museum Internship

1-4 cr.

OPTION: Wildlife Ecology and Management

(5 classes: 1 techniques, 1 management, 2 organismal, 1 Aquatic Ecology and Management)

Category 1: Techniques

FWCE 355Wildlife Techniques and Analysis

4(3+2P)

Category 2: Management

FWCE 436Large Mammal Ecology, Conservation and Management

3 cr.

FWCE 437Wildlife Damage Management

3 cr.

FWCE 439Game Bird Ecology and Management

3 cr.

RGSC 325Rangeland Restoration Ecology

3 cr.

Category 3: Organismal Biology

(At least one course chosen must be a terrestrial vertebrate taxonomy course with FWCE prefix, i.e., one of FWCE 430, FWCE 431, or FWCE 467).

BIOL 484Animal Communication

3 cr.

EPWS 303Economic Entomology

4 cr. (3+2P)

EPWS 462Parasitology

3 cr.

 

FWCE 430Avian Field Ecology

4 cr. (3+3P)

or

BIOL 447Ornithology

4 cr. (3+3P)

 

FWCE 431Mammalogy

4 cr. (3+2P)

FWCE 440Wildlife Habitat Relationships

3 cr.

FWCE 467Herpetology

4 cr.

Additional Electives

Take additional credits so the total adds up to at least 128 credits including 55 credits 300- and 400-level classes.

Students are encouraged to pursue a minor course of study with a department of their choosing.

Compatible minors include, but are not limited to: animal science, biology, chemistry, environmental science, forensic sciences, geography, journalism, management, and range science.

Notes:

  1. No more than 6 credits of Physical Education classes will count towards your degree.
  2. Maximum of two grades of ‘D’ in FWCE classes will count towards a student’s degree.