The Wildlife Ecology and Conservation major provides a solid, multidisciplinary foundation for science-based decision making in wildlife ecology and conservation biology. Students acquire a strong background in basic science (e.g., biology, chemistry, and mathematics) as well as courses addressing critical issues in management, restoration and conservation of wildlife and other biological resources. This major is designed for students interested in pursuing careers focused on the ecology and management of wildlife and other biota. Coursework will develop skills needed to evaluate impacts of human activities on natural and managed biological systems. Graduating seniors are prepared for graduate study or may enter the work force directly. Wildlife ecology and conservation biology are growing areas of regional, state, and national priority. Hence, the employment outlook is extremely promising for students interested in working for state and federal agencies, private consulting firms, and non-profit organizations. The curriculum can be designed to assure qualification as a federal wildlife biologist and/or certification by The Wildlife Society. Students interested in qualifying under the federal U.S. Office of Personnel Management Standards should notify their advisor and consult the website at https://www.opm.gov/.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:
- demonstrate critical thinking skills by assessing a problem, gathering and analyzing relevant information associated with that problem, and proposing possible solutions.
- demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
- demonstrate technical competency within their respective discipline.
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Incoming students, freshmen and sophomores should contact:
CABNR Advising Center, in FA 236
Juniors and seniors should contact their faculty advisor directly:
Erica Bigio ( A - L) - email@example.com
Julie Stoughton (M - Z) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno
Use the transfer agreement and the degree planner (available by clicking at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.
If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement if available. If neither is available, access Transferology to assist in your planning.
- Total Units | 120
- Cumulative GPA | 2.0
- University GPA | 2.0
- Major GPA | 2.0
- Residency Requirement | 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
- Major Residency Requirement | 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
- Upper-Division Requirement | 40 Upper-Division Units
- Half Program Units/4 Year Institution | 60 Units
I. Core General Education Requirements (27-36 units)
NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy .”
Students in this major must meet all Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.
A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3
B. Quantitative Reasoning (4-10 units) - CO2
C. Physical & Natural Phenomena (8 units) - CO4, CO4L
D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO6 courses .
E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO7 courses .
F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8
II. Additional Core Requirements (5 units maximum)
Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV). Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter in this catalog.
A. Science, Technology & Society - CO9
B. Diversity & Equity - CO10
E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis - CO13
III. Additional College Requirements (0 units)
IV. Major Requirements (70-78 units)
A. General Requirements (37-38 units)
B. Physiology and Behavior–Select two from the following list (6-8 units)
C. Organisms–Select two from the following list (6-8 units)
D. Plant Biology–Select two from the following list (6-9 units)
E. Technical Electives (15 units)
In consultation with your advisor:
(a) select courses (up to 6 units from 200-level and 9-15 units from upper division courses) from technical areas including biology, natural resources and environmental science, chemistry, geology, mathematics, etc.
(b) select the minor in Environmental Science (21 units) or the minor in Forest Management and Ecology (20 units)
V. Minor Requirements (0 units)
VI. Electives (1-18 units)
*Students interested in certification by the Wildlife Society should consult with their advisor and take as part of their Technical and General Electives: 6-9 units in courses (in addition to ENG 101 and ENG 102) that are designed to improve communication skills such as English composition, technical writing, journalism, public speaking, or use of mass media (for example, COM 101 ; ENG 321 ) and courses with an asterisk in the above lists.
VII. Recommended Schedule
Spring Semester (16 units)
Spring Semester (14-15 units)
Spring Semester (15 units)
Spring Semester (13-15 units)