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Undergraduate Program - Wildlife Ecology Curriculum

Suggested Curriculum for B.S. Degree in Wildlife Ecology

Total Credit Hours: 121
Effective 9/2014
Courses are arranged in the recommended sequence. Download as a .pdf

Fall First Year – First Semester
4 cr BIO 100 Basic Biology/Lab
3 cr ENG 101 College Composition
4 cr MAT 122 or
MAT 126
Pre-Calculus or
Calculus
1 cr WLE 100 Introduction to Wildlife Resources
3 cr  _________ General Education Elective
15
Spring First Year – Second Semester
4 cr BIO 200 Biology of Organisms/Lab
3 cr CMJ 103 or
SFR 222 (fall)
Fundamentals of Public Communications or
Environmental Communication Skills
3 cr ECO 100 or
ECO 120
Introduction to Economics or
Principles of Microeconomics
1 cr WLE 150 Wildlife Field Trip
3 cr _________ General Education Elective
14
Fall Sophomore Year – Third Semester
4 cr BIO 329/331 Vertebrate Biology/Lab
4 cr BMB 207/209 Fundamentals of Chemistry/Lab
3 cr WLE 200 Ecology
3 cr WLE 201 Ecology Laboratory
14
Spring Sophomore Year – Fourth Semester
4 cr BMB 208/210 Elementary Physiological Chemistry/Lab
3 cr PSE 140 Soil Science
4 cr WLE 220 Ecological Statistics/Lab
3 cr  _________ General Education Elective
14
May Term
3 cr WLE 250 Wildlife Field Survey
3
Fall Junior Year – Fifth Semester
4 cr BIO 326 or
BIO 353
General Entomology or
Invertebrate Zoology
4 cr BIO 464 Taxonomy of Vascular Plants/Lab
4 cr WLE 410/411 Wildlife Population Dynamics & Conservation/Lab
3 cr Aquatic Ecology Elective*
15
Spring Junior Year – Sixth Semester
3 cr BIO 465 or
BIO 350
Evolution or
Concepts & Applications of Genetics
4 cr SFR 400 Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
3 cr WLE 470 Wildlife Policy & Administration
1-3 cr  _________ Second Field Course**
3 cr  _________ Concentration Requirement
14-16
Fall Senior Year – Seventh Semester
3 cr ECO 377 Introduction to Natural Resource Economics & Policy
4 cr SFR 349 or
WLE 423
Applied Forest Ecology & Silviculture or
Wetland Ecology & Conservation
3 cr WLE 461 Human Dimensions Fish & Wildlife Conservation
3 cr  _________ Concentration Requirement
3 cr  _________ Concentration Requirement
16
Spring Senior Year – Eighth Semester
3 cr WLE 450 Wildlife Habitat Relationships
2 cr WLE 455 Wildlife Habitat Evaluation
3 cr  _________ Concentration Requirements
3 cr  _________ Concentration Requirements
3 cr  _________ General Education Requirement
14
* Aquatic Ecology Elective: Students can choose one of the following courses: BIO 430, BIO 447, BIO 463, BIO 468, SMS 302, SMS 321, SMS 322, WLE 340, WLE 423.
** A second field course is required: EES 475, WLE 413, WLE 340/341, WLE 423, or other approved.

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Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology
5755 Nutting Hall, Room 210
Orono, Maine 04469-5755
Phone: (207) 581-2862 | Fax: (207) 581-2858 E-mail: Wildeco@maine.edu
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
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