MWSU’s Biology Department offers an outstanding degree in Wildlife Conservation and Management.

The Wildlife Conservation and Management degree program is committed to providing students with a collaborative learning environment to develop skills and engage in applied learning opportunities. Students gain hands-on experience through both lab and field exercises. 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. Internships and independent research opportunities give students the competitive edge for career opportunities and graduate and professional schools. 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.

Quick Facts about this degree:

  • The MWSU Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Conservation and Management is one of only two programs in the State of Missouri to offer all of the requisite courses for certification as a wildlife biologist by The Wildlife Society.
  • MWSU students have access to the Otoe Creek Nature Area, a 180-acre field study area on campus. This area contains a network of trails that run through various habitats, ponds, and streams.
  • The Biology Department partners with the Missouri Department of Conservation, and the Northwest Service Center is located on Missouri Western’s campus. The Center includes classrooms and research labs for students, as well as offices and labs for more than 25 professionals. It also houses the Biology Department’s Natural History Collection of museum specimens and a herbarium.
  • Many Wildlife students become members of the MWSU Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society. This group actively participates in activities related to the field of conservation and wildlife management, including such activities as prairie restoration, deer spotlight surveys, and quail surveys. The MWSU Student Chapter earned Student Chapter of the Year from The Wildlife Society in 2011 and 2013, and the MWSU Excellence in Philanthropy award in 2014.
  • Professors work very closely with students on research projects, which a high percentage of students presenting their findings at professional meetings.
  • Check out Research & Internships to explore applied research opportunities offered by the MWSU Biology Department.

Wildlife Conservation and Management Advisors

Dr. Cary Chevalier

Dr. Cary Chevalier
(816) 271-4525

Dr. Mark Mills

Dr. Mark Mills
(816) 271-4384

Dr. Csengele Barta

Dr. Csengele Barta
(816) 271-4334

Questions about the Wildlife Conservation and Management degree? Contact one of these advisors or contact the Biology Department at (816) 271-4379 or

Student holding a wild bird

Students who choose this bachelor degree program will have no more than 6 years from admission or subsequent declaration to meet the requirements listed below. If certification, accreditation or statutory requirements change and additional requirements become effective during this time, the new requirements take precedence.

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 Communications elective3
CHE 111General Chemistry I5
CHE 120General Chemistry II with Qualitative Analysis5
Department approved elective4-5
PHY 110College Physics I4
MAT 111Introductory Statistics3-4
or MAT 111E Introductory Statistics
BIO 425Biology Internship2

Program Graduation Requirement

  1. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.

University Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (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. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  6. 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.

Mapping your degree plan is important. Consult with your academic advisor to create a plan and monitor it regularly.

Get Involved

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.