Bachelor of Science with Major in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology

The Department offers a four-year program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology. Students completing this program are qualified to obtain positions with state, federal and private fisheries and wildlife organizations.

Required 120 credits (36 of which must be numbered 300 or above, and 30 of which must be from UND) including:

I. Essential Studies requirements (see University ES listing, minimum 39 total credits). The following courses must be taken as part of the Essential Studies requirement:

ENGL 110College Composition I3
ENGL 130Composition II: Writing for Public Audiences3
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Total Credits9

II. The following curriculum:

55-58 major hours, including:

Basic Courses
BIOL 121Introduction to Fisheries and Wildlife Biology1
BIOL 150
BIOL 151
General Biology I
and General Biology II *
General Biology I Laboratory
and General Biology II Laboratory
BIOL 312Evolution3
BIOL 315Genetics3
BIOL 332
General Ecology
and Gen Ecology Lab
Advanced Courses **
BIOL 333Population Biology3
BIOL 396Fisheries and Wildlife Biology Pre-Internship Seminar1
BIOL 397Cooperative Education1
BIOL 470Biostatistics4
BIOL 481Fisheries Wildlife Senior Capstone ***3
Select one of the following plant courses:3-4
Systematic Botany
Plant Ecology
Select at least three of the following management courses:9-11
Human Dimensions of Wildlife and Fisheries
Wildlife Management
Techniques in Wildlife Population Assessment
Fisheries Management
Conservation Biology
Select minimum of 12 hours of the following: ****12
Animal Behavior
Soil Ecology
and Parasitology Laboratory
Animal Biology
and Animal Biology Laboratory
Disease Biology
Birds Mammals
Aquatic Ecology
Large Mammal Ecology and Management
Total Credits55-58

Students who take BIOL 111 Concepts of Biology and BIOL 111L Concepts of Biology Laboratory and earn a grade of "B" or higher in both of those courses prior to becoming a Fisheries and Wildlife Biology major may complete the General Biology sequence by taking  BIOL 150 General Biology I  and BIOL 150L General Biology I Laboratory.


We strongly advise mastery of materials in all basic courses prior to enrolling in other 300 or 400 level Biology courses.


Three credits of an accepted Senior Honors Thesis (BIOL 489) can be substituted for the Fisheries and Wildlife Senior Capstone (BIOL 481) with prior approval of the thesis topic by the Chair of Biology


Management courses (BIOL 430, BIOL 431, BIOL 432, BIOL 438, or BIOL 439) taken beyond the three courses required to satisfy the management course requirement can be applied to the electives, up to a 4 credit maximum. If two plant courses are taken, the second plant course can be applied to the electives.

III Cognate courses required in other departments:

MATH 146Applied Calculus I3-4
or MATH 165 Calculus I
CHEM 121
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
CHEM 122
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
Physical Sciences
GEOL 101
Introduction to Geology
and Introduction to Geology Laboratory
or PHYS 161 Introductory College Physics I
or PHYS 211 College Physics I
GEOG 474
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
and GIS Laboratory
Total Credits18-19