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Fish and Wildlife Science
Graduate Area of Study

Certification

The Wildlife Society (TWS) provides certification of professional wildlife biologists. Students completing the program outlined below fulfill the educational requirements to be certified as an Associate Wildlife Biologist. While ESF does not require certification, we recommend that students seriously interested in the wildlife profession seek to fulfill these requirements. In most cases, graduate coursework is necessary to meet all requirements.

Listed below are the course options available at ESF, classified by the 1997-98 TWS certification requirements. Note that while some courses are listed in more than one classification group, each course may be counted toward fulfillment of only one requirement.

* Denotes courses recommended by the existing ESF Wildlife Elective Concentration guidelines.

** Denotes course required by the ESF Biology curriculum.

Wildlife Management (6 credit hours required)

* EFB 490 - Wildlife Ecology and Management, Spring, 3 credits
* EFB 49l - Wildlife Ecology and Management Practicum, Spring, 2 credits
* EFB 493 - Wildlife Habitats and Populations, Fall, 4 credits
EFB 496 - Wildlife Field Techniques, Cranberry Lake Biological Station
(CLBS), 2 credits
EFB 496 - Wildlife Survey Techniques, Adirondack Ecological Center, Summer, 2 credits
EFB 590 - Wilderness Wildlife Management, Spring, 3 credits

Wildlife Biology (6 credit hours required)

EFB 479 - Field Ornithology, CLBS, 2.5 credits
EFB 480 - Principles of Animal Behavior, Spring, 4 credits
* EFB 483 - Biology of Birds and Mammals, Fall, 4 credits
EFB 485 - Herpetology, Spring, 3 credits
EFB 486 - Ichthyology, Spring, 3 credits
* EFB 487 - Fishery Biology, Fall, 4 credits
EFB 488 - Ecology of Adirondack Fishes, CLBS, 2.5 credits
EFB 496 - Mammalian Winter Ecology, Adirondack Ecological Center, Spring Break, 2 credits
* EFB 5l5 - Population Ecology, Spring, 3 credits

Ecology (3 credit hours required)

** EFB 320 - General Ecology, Fall, 4 credits
EFB 415 - Ecological Biogeochemistry, Fall, 3 credits
EFB 445 - Plant Ecology, Spring, 3 credits
EFB 446 - Ecology of Mosses, Spring, 3 credits
EFB 476 - Vertebrate Ecology, CLBS, 2.5 credits
EFB 478 - Microcommunity Ecology, CLBS, 2.5 credits
EFB 48l - Behavioral Ecology, CLBS, 2.5 credits
EFB 496 - Forest Community Ecology, CLBS, 2 credits
* EFB 5l5 - Population Ecology, Spring, 3 credits
EFB 516 - Ecosystems, Spring, 3 credits
EFB 518 - Systems Ecology, Fall, 4 credits
EFB 523 - Tropical Ecology, Spring Break, 2 credits
* EFB 524 - Limnology, Fall, 3 credits
EFB 542 - Freshwater Wetland Ecosystems, Spring 3 credits
EFB 545 - Forest Decline Concepts - Fall, 3 credits
EFB 578 - Terrestrial Community Ecology, Fall, 3 credits

Basic Zoology (9 credit hours required)

EFB 285 - Principles of Zoology, Spring, 4 credits
* EFB 352 - Elements of Entomology, Fall, 3 credits
EFB 355 - Invertebrate Zoology, Spring, 4 credits
EFB 385 - Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, Spring, 4 credits
EFB 461 - Animal Physiology: Organismal, Fall, 3 credits
EFB 462 - Animal Physiology: Environmental and Ecological, Spring, 3 credits
EFB 476 - Vertebrate Ecology, CLBS, 2.5 credits
EFB 480 - Principles of Animal Behavior, Spring, 4 credits
EFB 483 - Biology of Birds and Mammals, Fall, 4 credits
EFB 485 - Herpetology, Spring, 3 credits
EFB 486 - Ichthyology, Spring, 2.5 credits
EFB 488 - Ecology of Adirondack Fishes, CLBS, 2.5 credits
EFB 554 - Aquatic Entomology, Fall, 3 credits

Basic Botany (9 credit hours required)

** EFB 307-8 - Principles of Genetics, Spring, 4 credits
EFB 326 - Diversity of Plants, Spring, 4 credits
* EFB 336 - Dendrology, Fall, 3 credits
EFB 340 - Forest and Shade Tree Pathology, Spring, 3 credits
EFB 435 - Adirondack Flora, CLBS, 2.5 credits
EFB 436 - Dendrology II, Fall, l credit
EFB 440 - Mycology, Fall, 3 credits
EFB 442 - Field Mycology, CLBS, 2.5 credits
* EFB 445 - Plant Ecology, Spring, 3 credits
EFB 530 - Plant Physiology, Spring, 3 credits
EFB 532 - Plant Anatomy, Spring, 3 credits
EFB 535 - Systematic Botany, Fall, 3 credits

Physical Sciences (9 credit hours required)

Any courses in chemistry, physics, or geology
** FOR 345 - Introductory Soils, Spring and Fall, 3 credits or
GOL l01 - Introduction to Geology, Spring or Fall, 3 credits
Astronomy, Meteorology, etc.

Quantitative Sciences (9 credit hours required)

Calculus (3 credits required)
** Basic Statistics (3 credits required) APM 39l - Introduction to Probability and Statistics, Spring, 3
credits
Applied Statistics (3 credits required) APM 492 - Forest Biometrics, Fall or Spring, 3 credits; APM 510 - Statistical Analysis, Fall, 3 credits
Computer Science (3 credits required) APM 255 - Computer Applications, Fall& Spring, 3 credits; APM 360 - Intro. To Computer Programming, Fall, 3 credits

Humanities and Social Sciences (9 credit hours required)

Humanities, Sociology, Economics, Psychology, Philosophy, Religion, Political Science, Government, History, or Foreign Language

Communications (l2 credit hours required)

Any English Composition courses
CLL 405 - Writing for Science Professionals, Fall and Spring, 1-3 credits
WPT 405 - Professional and Technical Writing, Spring, 3 credits
SPC/NAS 325 - Presentational Speaking, 3 credits
CMN 53l - Environmental Communications, Spring, 3 credits
PRL 206 - Public Relations Principles & Concepts, Spring, 3 credits
EFB 416 - Introduction to Environmental Interpretation, Fall, 3 credits
EFB 417 - Perspectives of Interpretive Design, Spring, 3 credits
EFB 418 - Interpretation of Field Biology, Summer, 5 credits
EFB 521 - Principles of Interpretive Programming, Spring, 3 credits

Policy, Administration, and Law (6 credit hours required)

EST 300 - Introduction to Environmental Studies, Fall, 3 credits
EST 3ll - Natural Processes in Planning and Design, Fall, 3 credits
EST 321 - Government and the Environment, Fall or Spring, 3 credits
EST 390 - Social Processes and the Environment, Spring, 3 credits
FOR 360 - Principles of Management, Spring, 3 credits
FOR 364 - Soil and Water Conservation Policy, Spring, 3 credits
FOR 450 - Introduction of Environmental Impact Analysis, Fall, 3 credits
FOR 477 - Resource Policy and Management, Fall, 3 credits
FOR 588 - Law of Natural Resource Administration, Spring, 3 credits
LPP 458 - Environmental Law and Public Policy, Spring, 3 credits

Additional Requirements

3 additional hours in any biological area beyond the number of credits shown in each of the classification groups above.

(Updated December 1997)


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