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.
Missouri 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.
Wildlife Conservation and Management (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)
Provides the student interested in Conservation and/or Wildlife Management with the background needed to be hired as a biologist by various state, federal, and nongovernmental agencies, as well as at the GS-5 or GS-7 level by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as well as meet the education requirements for certification as Associate and Certified Wildlife Biologist by the Certification Program of Professional Wildlife Biologists of The Wildlife Society.
|BIO 105||Principles of Organismal Biology||4|
|BIO 106||Principles of Cell Biology||4|
|BIO 209||Introduction to Wildlife Conservation||3|
|BIO 311||Animal Physiology||4|
|or BIO 340||Plant Physiology|
|BIO 350||Plant Systematics||4|
|or BIO 407||Plant Morphology|
|BIO 351||Local Flora||2|
|BIO 360||Development of Federal Wildlife Law||3|
|BIO 409||Principles of Terrestrial Wildlife Management||3|
|BIO 415||Invertebrate Biology||4|
|or BIO 455||Entomology|
|BIO 461||Renewable Resources Policy and Administration||3|
|or PHL 325||Ethics of Environmental and Natural Resource Policy|
|Department approved elective||4-5|
|Department approved Communications elective||3|
|CHE 111||General Chemistry I||5|
|CHE 120||General Chemistry II with Qualitative Analysis||5|
|MAT 132||Elementary Statistics||3|
|PHY 110||College Physics I||4|
|BIO 425||Biology Internship||2|
- Earn a minimum of 124 credit hours, including 60 from a senior college (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
- 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.
- Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
- Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments.
- Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
- Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
Are you ready to declare this major? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the Biology Department.