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Wildlife Conservation & Management

Wildlife Conservation & Management2018-08-28T21:26:44-05:00

The Department of Biology is committed to providing a collaborative learning environment where students can study all forms of life at the molecular, organismal and population levels. The Wildlife Conservation program offers applied learning experiences through coursework and internships where students develop skills in areas such as: mapping GPS, wildlife capture and restraint, Wildland fire behavior and ecology, and plant, mammal, bird and herpetological field identification. Students gain hands-on experience through both lab and field exercises. Internships and independent research opportunities give students the competitive edge for career opportunities and graduate and professional schools.

Missouri Western’s degree in Wildlife Conservation and Management is the only program in Missouri to offer all of the required courses for professional certification as a Wildlife Biologist by The Wildlife Society. The Wildlife Conservation and Management major provides students with the background needed to start careers in various state, federal and nongovernmental agencies related to conservation and management.


The Wildlife Society logoMissouri Western’s student chapter of The Wildlife Society provides opportunities for hands-on field work, including prairie restoration, deer spotlight surveys at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge and quail surveys. Members also work with state, federal and local agencies and organizations, attend workshops and conferences and get great research opportunities and internships.

Student holding a wild bird

Wildlife Conservation and Management (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

General Studies
Major Requirements
BIO 105Principles of Organismal Biology4
BIO 106Principles of Cell Biology4
BIO 205Genetics4
BIO 209Introduction to Wildlife Conservation3
BIO 225Ecology4
BIO 307Plant Morphology4
BIO 311Animal Physiology4
or BIO 350 Plant Systematics
or BIO 440 Plant Physiology
BIO 318Ornithology4
BIO 351Local Flora2
BIO 360Development of Federal Wildlife Law3
BIO 409Principles of Terrestrial Wildlife Management3
BIO 415Invertebrate Biology4
or BIO 455 Entomology
BIO 418Mammalogy4
BIO 461Renewable Resources Policy and Administration3
or PHL 325 Ethics of Environmental and Natural Resource Policy
Department approved elective4-5
Department approved Communications elective3
CHE 111General Chemistry I5
CHE 120General Chemistry II with Qualitative Analysis5
PHY 110College Physics I4
MAT 111Introductory Statistics3-4
or MAT 111E Introductory Statistics
BIO 425Biology Internship2

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 60 from a senior college (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  6. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  7. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.
Are you ready to declare this major? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the Biology Department.

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