2017-2018 Catalog

Wildlife and Fisheries, Bachelor of Science

Requirements

A student must receive a “C” or better in all required courses while maintaining an overall grade point average of 2.0 to graduate. Students transferring to the B.S. program after completing an Associate of Science degree in resource-related program at another college may substitute equivalent courses within the first two years of the degree plan. Students must have completed all basic math and science courses. Although students will be introduced to a broad range of techniques and concepts, each student may specialize through his/her choice of electives offered, field problems and internships.

Career Opportunities

Completion of the Bachelor of Science Degree will prepare the student to enter graduate school. This degree program will also provide the student with the skills necessary to work for Native American, federal, and state governments, non-profit organizations, consultants and other employers in natural resource fields. Students following this degree program can meet the federal agency hiring standards for biology, ­ecology, zoology, fish and wildlife job series; as well as the educational requirements for certification by The Wildlife Society.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science ­Degree in Wildlife and Fisheries, a student will, in addition to the goals listed for the Associate of Science, be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad-based theoretical, technological, and practical knowledge of the biological, ecological, and conservation sciences.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of research methods, data analysis, and techniques applied in wildlife, fish and habitat monitoring and research projects using a variety of techniques.
  • Explain how laws, policies, and cultural perspectives influence fish, wildlife, and habitat management and conservation.
  • Effectively communicate written, oral, and visual information concerning natural resource issues, cultural information, and scientific data.
  • Use critical thinking skills to analyze and resolve problems related to fish, wildlife, and habitat management, research, and conservation issues.
  • Compare and contrast the economic, political, and cultural systems that influence natural resource management for Native American governments with other agencies and entities.
  • Understand and practice the values of good citizenship, teamwork, and community service in the local community and reservation environment

Curriculum

Fall (Third Year)

GEOL101Physical Geology

4

AND

GEOL102Physical Geology Lab

1

OR

NATR319Introduction to Soil Science

3

AND

NATR320Introduction to Soil Science Lab

1

 

NATR413Wildland Recreation Management

3

WILD301Biology of Fishes

3

WILD302Biology of Fishes Laboratory

2

ELECTIVEWildlife and Fisheries Emphasis

3

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Spring (Third Year)

NATR390Environmental Law

3

NATR375Research And Thesis Seminar

1

SPCH360Professional Presentation Skills

3

OR

GNSD350Introduction to Grant Writing

3

WILD470Avian Studies

3

WILD473Field Ornithology

4

Total Credit Hours:14

Winter (Third Year)

BIOS240Principles and Applications of Genetics

4

NATR342Environmental Adaptation of Plants

3

WILD330Mammalogy

4

WILD331Mammalogy Labaoratory

1

NATR460Restoration Ecology

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Fall (Fourth Year)

NASD210Introduction to Indigenous Science

3

WILD402Wildlife and Fisheries Techniques

4

WILD403Aquatic Field Ecology

3

ELECTIVEWildlife and Fisheries Emphasis

3

Total Credit Hours:13

Winter (Fourth Year)

NASD250History of Federal Indian Policy

5

NATR440NEPA Process

3

NATR441Conservation Biology

3

NATR465Senior Research and Thesis Development

2

Total Credit Hours:13

Spring (Fourth Year)

HMNT301Social and Environmental Ethics

3

MATH342Statistical Methods

3

NATR495Senior Thesis

3

SVLN450Service to the Environment II

1

WILD481Freshwater Ecology

3

Total Credit Hours:13

Wildlife and Fisheries Emphasis Electives List – Choose from this list or another course approved by your advisor.

BIOS130Introduction to Microbiology

4

AND

BIOS131Introduction to Microbiology Lab

1

 

ENGL306Writing Research Papers

3

FORS102Fire and Human Cultures

3

FORS110Introduction to Wildland Fire Management

3

FORS146Dendrology

3

FORS154Survey of Forestry

3

FORS251Silviculture

3

FORS271Forest Health and Disturbance

3

FORS310Forest Ecology

3

FORS420Fire Ecology

3

GEOG100Introduction to Geography

5

GEOL130Geology of the Flathead Indian Reservation

3

GEOG341Remote Sensing & Image Analysis

3

HYDR131Introduction to Water Quality Monitoring

3

HYDR210Physical Hydrology

3

HYDR230Field Hydrology

3

HYDR232Surveying and Maps

3

HYDR370Groundwater

3

HYDR422Water Law

3

NATR172Forest Botany

4

NATR240Weather and Climate

3

NATR305Grassland and Shrubland Management

3

NATR319Introduction to Soil Science

3

NATR470Disturbance Ecology

3

NASD108Tribal Uses of Wild Plants

3

WILD112Biological Field Methods

3

WILD210Wetland and Riparian Habitats

3

Total Credit Hours: 179-180

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