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Fish and Wildlife Science

Certification

The Wildlife Society (TWS) offers a program of certification as an Associate Wildlife Biologist based on academic criteria alone, and as a Certified Wildlife Biologist based on a combination of academic criteria and professional experience.  Although ESF does not require certification as part of the Wildlife Science curriculum, students seriously interested in the wildlife profession should seek to fulfill the academic requirements for certification.  Certification can be readily achieved by careful selection of directed upper division electives in addition to 18 additional credits (6 classes) of elective coursework.  Full details of the TWS academic requirements and application materials are available at www.wildlife.org.  If you wish to learn more about your choices and the value of certification contact the officers of the student chapter of TWS or speak with your faculty advisor.    
To follow is a guide detailing the 2012 academic requirements for TWS certification as an Associate Wildlife Biologist, with details for required, directed elective, and general elective coursework that would qualify under each requirement.  A few things to note:

  • This is only a guide, not all courses may be offered in any given semester, and this is not an exhaustive list of all possible courses that might qualify under a given category.  Plan early in your program and discuss your plan with your faculty advisor. 
  • Although a given course may be listed as potentially qualifying coursework under more than one category, you cannot “double-dip”.  That means that any credit used under one category cannot be used under a second category. 
  • Although you cannot double-dip, you can split credits from a given class to qualify in two or more areas, e.g., 1 credit from the introductory genetics course might be applied under the Botany requirement for its coverage of plant-related material while the other 2 credits might apply under the Zoology requirement.  

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES – 36 semester hours, including following subcategories:

Wildlife Management (6 credit hours required)
Coursework emphasizing the principles and practices of wildlife management – training in understanding and manipulating habitat relationships and population dynamics.
Required courses:
EFB 49l - Applied Wildlife Science, Spring, 3 cr.
EFB 493 - Wildlife Habitats and Populations, Fall, 4 cr.

Note other courses qualify but are unnecessary above and beyond coursework required for the Wildlife Science major.

Wildlife Biology (6 credit hours required)

Courses in the biology and behavior of birds, mammals, reptiles or amphibians.  MUST INCLUDE AT LEAST ONE COURSE dealing solely with the science of mammalogy, ornithology, or herpetology.  Note that Ichthyology, marine biology, microbiology, and entomology related courses will not count for this category.
Required course:
EFB 390 - Wildlife Ecology and Management, Fall, 3 cr.
Potentially qualifying courses for remaining 3 credits:
EFB 482 – Ornithology, Spring, 4 cr. (Directed Elective, Vertebrate Diversity)
EFB 483 - Mammal Diversity, Spring, 4 cr. (Directed Elective, Vertebrate Diversity)
EFB 485 - Herpetology, Spring, 3 cr. (Directed Elective, Vertebrate Diversity)

Note other courses qualify but are unnecessary above and beyond coursework required for the Wildlife Science major.

Ecology (3 credit hours required)
Required course:
EFB 320 - General Ecology, Fall, 4 cr.

Note other courses qualify but are unnecessary above and beyond coursework required for the Wildlife Science major.

Basic Zoology (9 credit hours required)

Courses in the taxonomy, biology, behavior, physiology, anatomy, and natural history of vertebrates and invertebrates.  Courses in genetics, physiology, disease, and other biology or general zoology courses (including Ichthyology and fisheries courses) are accepted.
Required courses:
EFB 211 - Diversity of Life II, Spring, 3 cr. (Required)
EFB 307 – Principles of Genetics Lec., Fall, 3 cr. (Required)

Potentially qualifying courses for remaining 3 credits:
EFB 385 - Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, Spring, 4 cr. (Directed Elective, Structure and Function)
EFB 462 - Animal Physiology: Environmental and Ecological, Fall, 3 cr. (Directed Elective, Structure and Function)
EFB 480 - Principles of Animal Behavior, Spring, 4 cr. (Directed Elective, Structure and Function)
EFB 486 - Ichthyology, Spring, 3 cr. (Directed Elective, Vertebrate Diversity)
EFB 554 - Aquatic Entomology, Fall, 3 cr. (Directed Elective, Invertebrate Diversity)
EFB 351 Forest Entomology, Fall even years, 3 credits (Directed Elective, Invertebrate Diversity)
EFB 352 - Entomology, Fall odd years, 3 cr. (Directed Elective, Invertebrate Diversity)
EFB 355 - Invertebrate Zoology, Spring, 4 cr. (Directed Elective, Invertebrate Diversity)
EFB 384 - Field Herpetology, CLBS, 3 cr. (  (Elective, also qualifies as Directed Elective for Field Experience in EFB)
EFB 388 - Ecology of Adirondack Fishes, CLBS, 3 cr. (Elective, also qualifies as Directed Elective for Field Experience in EFB)
EFB 482 - Ornithology, Spring, 4 cr. (Directed Elective, Vertebrate Diversity)
EFB 483 - Mammal Diversity, Spring, 4 cr. (Directed Elective, Vertebrate Diversity)
EFB 485 - Herpetology, Spring, 3 cr. (Directed Elective, Vertebrate Diversity)

Botany (9 credit hours required) 

Courses in general botany, plant anatomy, plant genetics, plant morphology, plant taxonomy, plant physiology, and other botany courses. At least one course must deal with plant taxonomy or identification. 
Required courses:
EFB 210 - Diversity of Life I, Spring, 2 cr. (at least 1 credit of this course includes viruses and other non-plant life, up to 2 credits can count here for plant-related diversity)
EFB 202 - Ecological Monitoring and Biological Assessment, CLBS, 1 cr. (can include up to 1 credit for plant diversity related material from this course)

Potentially qualifying courses for remaining 6 credits:
EFB 326 - Diversity of Plants, Spring, 3 Cr. (Directed Elective, Plant Diversity)
EFB 336 - Dendrology, Fall, 3 cr. (Directed Elective, Plant Diversity)
EFB 327 - Adirondack Flora, CLBS, 3 cr. (Directed Elective, Plant Diversity, also qualifies as Field Experience)
EFB 445 - Plant Ecology and Global Change, Spring, 3 cr. (Directed Elective, Plant Diversity)
EFB 535 - Flowering Plants: Diversity, Evolution, and Systematics, Fall, 3 cr. (Directed Elective, Plant Diversity)
EFB 337 - Field Ethnobotany, CLBS, 3 cr. (Elective, also qualifies as Field Experience)
EFB 342 - Fungal Diversity and Ecology, CLBS, 3 cr. (Elective, also qualifies as Field Experience)
EFB 345 - Forest Health, CLBS, 3 cr. (Elective, also qualifies as Field Experience )
EFB 440 - Mycology, Fall, 3 cr. (Elective)
EFB 340 - Forest and Shade Tree Pathology, Spring, 3 credits (Elective)
EFB 446 - Ecology of Mosses, Spring, 3 cr. (Elective)
EFB 530 - Plant Physiology, Spring, 3 cr. (Elective)
EFB 531 - Plant Physiology Laboratory, Spring, 2 cr. (Elective)

PHYSICAL SCIENCES (9 credit hours required) –
Courses such as chemistry, physics, geology, or soils with at least two disciplines represented

Required Courses:
FCH 150 - General Chemistry Lec. I, Fall, 3 cr.
FCH 152 - General Chemistry Lec. II, Spring, 3 cr.
EFB 200 - Physics of Life, Fall, 3 cr. (Required without FCH 210)
FCH 210 - Elements of Organic Chemistry, Spring, 3 cr. (Required without EFB 200)

Note other courses qualify but are unnecessary above and beyond coursework required for the Wildlife Science major.

QUANTITATIVE SCIENCES (9 credit hours required)
 Must include 3 credits in basic statistics and the remaining credits in calculus, biometry, advanced algebra, systems analysis, mathematical modeling, computer science or other quantitative science.  Introductory GIS and personal computing courses do not count in this category. 

Required courses:
APM 39l - Introduction to Probability and Statistics, Fall and Spring, 3 cr.
APM 105 - Survey of Calculus and Applications I, Fall and Spring, 3 cr.

Potentially qualifying courses for remaining 3 credits:
APM 104 - College Algebra & Precalculus, 3 cr. (Elective)
APM 106 - Survey of Calculus and Applications II, Fall and Spring, 3 cr. (Elective)
EFB 519 - Geographic Modeling, 3 credits (Directed Elective, Technical Skills)

Humanities and Social Sciences (9 credit hours required)
Courses such as economics, sociology, psychology, political science, government, history, literature, or foreign language. 

Required courses
6 credits under general education requirements will qualify here (Required)

Remaining 3 credits must come from one of many elective course offerings

Communications (l2 credit hours required)
Courses designed to improve communication skills such as English composition, technical writing, journalism, public speaking, or use of mass media. 

Required courses:
EWP 190 - Writing and the Environment, Fall, 3 cr. (Required.)
EWP 290 - Writing, Humanities, and the Environment, 3 cr. (Required)

Potentially qualifying courses for remaining 6 credits:
EWP 220 – Public Presentation Skills, Fall and Spring, 3 cr (Elective)
EWP 405 – Writing for Science Professionals, Fall and Spring, 3 cr. (Elective)
EWP 495 – Environmental Journalism, Spring, 3 cr. (Elective)

Note other courses qualify, see course catalogue for offerings.

Policy, Administration, and Law (6 credit hours required)
Courses that demonstrate significant content or focus on natural resource policy and/or administrations, wildlife or environmental law, or natural resource/land use planning will apply in addition to courses that document contributions of social, political, and ethical decisions for wildlife and natural resources management. 

Potentially qualifying courses:
FOR 360 – Principles of Management, Fall, 3 cr. (Directed Elective, Policy)
FOR 465 - Natural Resources Poligy, Fall, 3 cr. (Directed Elective, Policy)
FOR 487 - Environmental Law and Policy, Fall, 3 cr. (Directed Elective, Policy)
FOR 488 - Natural Resources Agencies and Administration, Spring, 3 cr. (Directed Elective, Policy)
FOR 489 - Natural Resources Policy and Law, Spring, 3 cr. (Directed Elective, Policy)
EFB 496 – Conflict Management in Wildlife Biology, spring, 3 Cr. (Elective)
FOR 370 – Forest Management Decision Making and Planning, Spring, 3 cr. (Elective)

 

For more information contact the ESF Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society at  twsatesf@gmail.com, Dr. Jonathan Cohen (403 Illick Hall, jcohen14@esf.edu, 315-470-6736), Dr. Jacqueline Frair (257 Illick Hall, jfrair@esf.edu, 315-470-4905), Dr. Shannon Farrell (207 Illick Hall, sfarrell@esf.edu, 315-470-6739), or your faculty advisor.
(Last updated January 2012)


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