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Wildlife Conservation Pathway
The Wildlife Conservation Pathway is a suggested curriculum for students interested in studying conservation biology of fish and wildlife populations, and which can lead to careers in the following areas (Please click on the links below which provide additional information regarding the appropriate training leading to occupational opportunities in these fields) :
Students may choose to complete either a standard 36 hour major with a minor in another field, or a 50 credit hour concentration without a minor.
The following courses offered by the Department of Biological Sciences are suggested by the faculty for those students whose interests are focused on studying conservation biology.
A course is required in each of the menu areas below for the major, but multiple suggestions are offered to reflect the diversity of appropriate courses made available to students by the department.
Biodiversity menu suggestions
- BIOL 3410 - Vertebrate Zoology (4 credits) - fall semester
- BIOL 4467 - Ichthyology (3 credits) – spring odd years
- BIOL 4477 - Ornithology (4 credits) – spring semester
Organismal menu suggestions
- BIOL 3220 - Comparative Anatomy (4 credits) – fall, odd years
- BIOL 4357 - Ethology (4 credits)—spring, even years
Population menu suggestions
- BIOL 3350 - Ecology (4 credits) – fall and spring semester
- BIOL 4737 - Conservation Biology (4 credits) – fall, even years
Molecular menu suggestions
Note that in the molecular menu, both a lecture and a lab course must be completed, but the lecture and lab courses may be mixed. Example; BIOL 4597 combined with BIOL 4647.
- BIOL 4747 - Population Genetics (4 credits) – fall, odd years
- BIOL 4597 - Recombinant DNA Laboratory (3 credits) - spring semester
- BIOL 4647 - Molecular Biology (3 credits) – fall semester
- BIOL 3260 - Animal Physiology (4 credits)—spring semester
- BIOL 4147 - Biochemistry of Macromolecules (3 credits) – spring semester
- BIOL 4157 - Biochemistry of Macromolecules Lab (2 credits) – spring semester
- BIOL 4257 - Appalachian Fauna (3 credits) summer
- BIOL 4367 - Modeling Biological Systems (3) - fall semester
- BIOL 4900 - Independent Study (1-4 credits) - every semester
- BIOL 4910 - Research in Biology (1-4 credits) - every semester