Students majoring in Wildlife Ecology are expected to use their electives to develop an area of specialization. Most students meet this expectation by taking one of three Concentrations defined by the department: Fisheries, Wildlife Science and Management, or Conservation Biology. Some students complete the Honors Program or pursue a Minor in another discipline instead of doing a Concentration. Students may also design an Individual Concentration according to the criteria below.
NOTE: Concentration courses may be used to meet your General Education requirements, however, courses should be complementary and additive to the core curriculum, i.e., core curriculum courses cannot be counted twice.
Students who wish to develop an individualized Concentration must write a proposal explaining the rationale for their choice, describing how it fits with their interests and career goals, and listing the courses that they wish to take. Please note that an Individual Concentration cannot be listed on your diploma or transcript.
The fisheries concentration curriculum enables students to explore the scientific and applied aspects of fisheries ecology and management and gain experience in field, laboratory, and analytical methods. Students enrolled in this concentration often are active in the University’s student chapter of the American Fisheries Society, an international organization composed of professionals and students in the aquatic sciences. This curriculum allows students to meet the requirements for professional certification by the American Fisheries Society.
The Wildlife Science and Management concentration is designed to allow students to explore the scientific and applied aspects of wildlife science and management and gain experience in field, laboratory, and analytical methods. Students enrolled in this curriculum are often active in the University of Maine’s Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society. This curriculum allows students to meet the requirements for professional certification by The Wildlife Society.
The Conservation Biology concentration is designed to allow students to explore conservation as it applies to a diversity of species and ecosystems, as well as the social sciences that are critical to managing biodiversity and other natural resources.