Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

This major focuses on developing students’ knowledge of the conservation and management of wildlife and habitats for the greatest aesthetic, ecological, economic, and recreational values. Students in the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation major study biology, chemistry, ecology, calculus, soil science, plant taxonomy, entomology, geography, zoology, and sustainability.

About this Program

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

Department Information

The Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation fosters education, expands knowledge, and rewards scholarship, using multi-disciplinary approaches for the purpose of understanding, managing, and conserving biological resources.
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110 NEWINS-ZIEGLER HALL
GAINESVILLE FL 32611-0430
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Related Programs 

The department also co-administers a major in natural resource conservation with the School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences.
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Preprofessional

This specialization satisfies the coursework requirements for admission to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. Students pursuing admission to the College of Veterinary Medicine must take six credits of general education composition, nine credits of humanities and six credits of social and behavioral sciences.

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Students in this specialization train in the biological, social, physical and management sciences, and excel at both the scientific and human dimensions of managing wildlife and natural resources. With appropriate choice of electives and course options, graduates satisfy requirements for certification as an associate wildlife biologist with The Wildlife Society.

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

Students in this specialization train in the biological, social, physical and management sciences, and excel at both the scientific and human dimensions of managing wildlife and natural resources. With appropriate choice of electives and course options (below), graduates satisfy requirements for certification as an associate wildlife biologist with The Wildlife Society.

Students select a focus area comprised of four courses (minimum of 12 credits) in one of the following areas: ecology, management, human dimensions, quantitative science or urban and regional planning (combination degree program only).

All students must file a plan of study for focus area courses with Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (WEC) Student Services before completing 60 credits in the major or before the end of the first term of enrollment for transfer students. The plan must be approved by both the student's faculty advisor and the undergraduate coordinator. Any changes to the plan must be approved by the undergraduate coordinator.

Lists of approved courses are available in the WEC Student Services Office, 102 Newins-Ziegler Hall.

Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

Semester 1

Semester 2

  • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course, excluding labs
  • 2.5 GPA on required math and science courses combined
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 3

  • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses, excluding labs
  • 2.5 GPA on required math and science courses combined
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 4

  • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses, including labs
  • 2.5 GPA on required math and science courses combined
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 5

  • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course
  • 2.5 GPA on required math and science courses combined
  • 2.0 upper division GPA required
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 6

  • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course
  • 2.0 upper division GPA required
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 7

  • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course
  • 2.0 upper division GPA required
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 8

  • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking course
  • 2.0 upper division GPA required
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
BSC 2010
2010L
Integrated Principles of Biology 1
and Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Biological Sciences)
4
WIS 2920 Wildlife Colloquium 1
State Core Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement: 6,000 words 3
State Core Gen Ed Humanities 3
Elective 2
 Credits13
Semester Two
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
Select one: 3-4
Economic Issues, Food and You (Critical Tracking)
Principles of Food and Resource Economics (Critical Tracking)
Principles of Microeconomics (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences)
BSC 2011
2011L
Integrated Principles of Biology 2
and Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 2 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Biological Sciences)
4
STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Mathematics) 3
State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
 Credits16-17
Semester Three
AEC 3030C Effective Oral Communication 3
AEC 3033C Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences (Writing Requirement: 6,000 words) 3
CHM 2045
2045L
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Biological Sciences and Physical Sciences)
4
Select one: 3-4
Forest Ecology
Plant Ecology
General Ecology
Natural Resource Ecology
Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement: 6,000 words 3
 Credits16-17
Semester Four
Quest 2 (Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences) 3
MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Mathematics) 4
SWS 3022
3022L
Introduction to Soils in the Environment
and Introduction to Soils in the Environment Laboratory (Gen Ed Physical Sciences)
4
WIS 3402
3402L
Wildlife of Florida
and Wildlife of Florida Laboratory
4
 Credits15
Semester Five
Select one plant diversity and taxonomy course (1 of 2): 3-4
Plant Diversity
Practical Plant Taxonomy
Local Flora of North Florida
Dendrology/Forest Plants
Environmental Plant Identification and Use
Select one: 3-4
Principles of Entomology
and Principles of Entomology Laboratory
Insects and Wildlife
Invertebrate Biodiversity
Select one: 3-4
Forest Resources Information Systems
Foundations of Geographic Information Systems
Geographic Information Systems
Survey of Planning Information Systems
WIS 3401 Wildlife Ecology and Management (Critical Tracking) 3
Select one: 4
Topics in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (Large Mammal Ecology and Management)
Vertebrate Biodiversity
Avian Biology
Special Topics in Zoology (Mammalogy)
Special Topics in Zoology (Herpetology)
 Credits16-19
Semester Six
Select one plant diversity and taxonomy course (2 of 2): 3-4
Plant Diversity
Practical Plant Taxonomy
Local Flora of North Florida
Dendrology/Forest Plants
Environmental Plant Identification and Use
WIS 3553C Introduction to Conservation Genetics (Critical Tracking) 4
WIS 4945 Wildlife Techniques 3
Focus course 3
 Credits13-14
Semester Seven
FNR 4660
Natural Resource Policy and Economics
or Environmental Economics and Resource Policy
3-4
Select one: 3
Environmental Education Program Development
Society and Natural Resources
Sustainable Ecotourism Development
Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Conservation
WIS 4554
Conservation Biology
or Landscape Ecology and Conservation
3
WIS 4601C Quantitative Wildlife Ecology (Critical Tracking) 3
Focus course 3
 Credits15-16
Semester Eight
WIS 4501 Introduction to Wildlife Population Ecology (Critical Tracking) 3
Focus courses 6
Electives 6
 Credits15
 Total Credits119-126

Additional electives may be needed to complete the 120 credits required for graduation. Students can choose any courses as electives.

State core courses can be selected to meet the university's requirements for writing, international and diversity focused courses.


The primary focus of the wildlife ecology and conservation major is to develop students' knowledge of the conceptual and applied aspects of scientific, social and ethical thought in wildlife ecology and conservation. Emphasis is placed on the biology, ecology, natural history and behavior of Florida wildlife species and the management of wildlife, their habitats and their population dynamics for the greatest aesthetic, ecological, economic and recreational values. Students will learn to think critically about major problems in the conservation of biological diversity and to apply biological principles to the preservation of this diversity.

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Pass the wildlife ecology and conservation competency exam, given as part of WIS 4203C or WIS 4554 .
  • Achieve minimum grades of C in AEC 3030C and AEC 3033C. These courses are graded using rubrics developed by a faculty team.
  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

Students in the Major Will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Content

  1. Acquire knowledge of scientific, social and ethical arenas of wildlife ecology and conservation; acquire skills for critical reasoning in conservation management; acquire knowledge of Florida wildlife species and their biology, ecology, natural history and behavior; describe principles and applications of wildlife management practices, population dynamics and habitat management; and apply biological principles to solve problems in wildlife conservation and preserve biological diversity.

Critical Thinking

  1. Apply ecological, mathematical and statistical concepts to interpret, understand and communicate wildlife ecology and conservation data.

Communication

  1. Create, interpret and analyze written text, oral messages and multimedia presentations used in agricultural and life sciences.

Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3
AEC 3030C I,R,A
AEC 3033C I,R,A
WIS 2920 I I I
WIS 3401 R R R
WIS 3402 and WIS 3402L R R
WIS 4203C or WIS 4554 A A R

Assessment Types

  • Exams
  • Final course grades