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2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Wildlife Biology Program (BS)

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Biology Department information  

Faculty Advisors: Dennis Viele, Ernie Szuch, Nan Kelly and Dr. Heather Dawson

Wildlife biology is a continuously expanding field, in which individuals will have the opportunity to study the dynamics of animal and plant communities of terrestrial and aquatic environments. The program provides students with a rigorous curriculum designed to prepare them for a career in this exciting area of biology. Students in this program will be exposed to wildlife management methods, field techniques and theoretical studies of wildlife species, populations and communities. Wildlife biologists will ultimately be responsible for the study and management of animal and plant populations within state, national and possibly international borders. Wildlife biologists may also be responsible for the study and management of non-game, endangered species or game animals and plants. This program is intended to prepare students for entry-level positions with state and federal agencies and private companies, and for the pursuit of higher academic degrees. The Program in Wildlife Biology is designed to produce well-rounded students; thus, we require our students to enroll in disciplines such as mathematics and statistics, chemistry, physics, communication, social sciences, and humanities. By using specifically identified coursework areas and mentoring, we will aid students in developing their intellectual capabilities in working with natural resources and people within that discipline.


  1. All requirements of the Bachelor of Science degree of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) , including General Education requirements .
  2. At least 40 credits in Biology, including BIO 111 , BIO 113 BIO 301 , BIO 326 , BIO 327 , BIO 328 BIO 423 BIO 427 , BIO 480  (with no more than 16 biology credits below the 300-level).
  3. Two writing courses from:  BIO 421 BIO 453 BIO 456 , BIO 460  or BIO 477 ; one must be a capstone course (BIO 453  or BIO 477 ).
  4. Wildlife biology electives.
    Additional courses from:  BIO 373 BIO 421 BIO 446 BIO 453 BIO 455 BIO 456 , BIO 460 , BIO 483 , BIO 484 BIO 487 , BIO 491 .
  5. Non-biological natural sciences: CHM 260 , CHM 261 , CHM 262 , CHM 263  or CHM 265 CHM 220  or CHM 330 , GEO 203 ; MTH 120 ; PHY 143  or PHY 243 ; RPL 370 .
    For advanced science degrees, it is recommended that students take CHM 330  and CHM 332  instead of CHM 220 , and take PHY 145  or PHY 245  in addition to PHY 143 .
  6. Electives to complete a minimum of 124 credits.
  7. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better in biology and in all work completed at the University of Michigan-Flint.
  8. Grades of C- or better in all biology core courses used as prerequisites. 

Minimum Credits For the Degree. 124 credits

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