Wildlife and Natural Resources Program
Faculty: Caprioglio, Diawara, Gabaldón, Garcia-Costas, Martinez, Ramos, Sandmeier, Smith, Steel, Vanden Heuvel
The major of wildlife and natural resources leads to a Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree. In addition, supporting courses and general education courses in biology are available to meet a wide range of interests, backgrounds and needs. The Wildlife and Natural Resources Program emphasizes an understanding of fish and wildlife ecology and management with practical skills obtained during laboratory and field exercises. Graduates are prepared for positions with state and federal agencies, tribal departments, and conservation organizations or higher academic degrees. Carefully supervised career planning is provided to all students.
The wildlife and natural resources program offers Aquatic and Terrestrial emphasis areas, with curriculum for each meeting the certification requirements of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) or The Wildlife Society (TWS), respectively.
- Students majoring in wildlife and natural resources must receive a grade of C or better (2.000) in all core biology and wildlife and natural resources courses.
- Students graduating with a BS in wildlife and natural resources must have at least a cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the major area.
- Transfer students are required to earn a minimum of 15 semester credit hours in approved biology and wildlife and natural resources upper division courses from CSU-Pueblo, including BIOL 493 Seminar (1 c.h.), for graduation with a BS degree in wildlife and natural resources.
- Students are strongly encouraged to complete an internship or temporary employment in a natural resources discipline prior to graduation.
Specific Requirements for the Aquatic Emphasis
|Wildlife and Natural Resources Core (Aquatic)|
|BIOL 171||First Year Seminar||1|
|College Biology I/Organismal Bio|
and College Biology I/Organismal Bio Lab
|College Biology II/Cellular Biology|
and College Biology II/Cellular Bio Lab
and Botany Laboratory
and Zoology Laboratory
|BIOL 350||Mendelian and Population Genetics||2|
|BIOL 352||Evolutionary Biology and Ecology||3|
|WANR 303||Nat Resource Policy & Admin||3|
|WANR 304||Human Dimensions in Nat Res Mgmt||3|
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry Lab I
|Introduction to Organic Chemistry|
and Intro to Organic Chemistry Lab
|Principles of Physics I|
and Principles of Physics Lab I
and Earth Science Lab
|MATH 156||Introduction to Statistics||3|
|MATH 221||Applied Calc: An Intuitive Approach||4|
|COMR 103||Speaking and Listening||3|
|Select at least one communications course from the following:||3|
|Gender and Communication|
|Communicating in Professions|
|Introduction to Rhetoric|
|Technical and Scientific Report Writing|
|Introduction to Journalism|
|Upper Division Electives|
|Freshwater Invertebrate Zoology|
and Freshwater Invertebrate Zoology Lab
and Limnology Lab
and Ecology Field Studies
and Ichthyology Laboratory
and Fisheries Science Lab
|Select 10 credits in Advisor-Approved Upper Division Electives||10|
|Institutional and General Education|
|Select 21 credits||21|
|Select 12 credits||12|
The general education requirement for graduation includes a total of 35 semester credits in two categories: Skills Component and Knowledge Component. Please see the General Education Requirement section under Academic Policies for more information.
- To provide students with the necessary background to successfully pursue graduate study towards a professional career in wildlife and natural resources;
- To prepare students upon graduation to enter field positions in government or private industry; and,
- To supply students with the necessary coursework to obtain professional certification as associate fishery or wildlife biologists
Expected Student Outcomes
- Students will know the taxonomy, ecology and natural history of flora and fauna in southern Colorado and the desert southwest.
- Students will know the principles and concepts of fish and wildlife science and how they are used to make informed decisions on difficult management decisions.
- Students will use contemporary tools and techniques for studying fish and wildlife, habitat, and ecosystem processes.
- Students will be familiar with laws, policies, regulations and administrative processes that dictate how wildlife and natural resources are held in trust for the public.
- Students will develop communication and interpersonal skills to enhance their working relations with co-workers, other wildlife professionals, the public and non-governmental organizations, landowners, hunters and anglers, and other natural resources interests.
- Students will develop skills in reading and interpreting the scientific literature and in presenting a synthesis of it accurately in oral and written form.
- Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills using experimental design and the scientific process.
Outcomes Assessment Activities
Assessment of students’ improvement in intellectual skills, knowledge and capacities from entrance to graduation will be accomplished through the use of several tools. Exams and course assignments will be used as one measure of the student’s proficiency in writing skills, acquisition of knowledge, communication, problem solving, and laboratory and field skills. All majors will take a Senior Seminar requiring scientific literature interpretation along with oral and written presentations evaluated by peers and department faculty. Students performing at a high academic level will be strongly encourages to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to prepare for graduate study.