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Wildlife and Fisheries Biology



To inquire about this program:
Dr. John Copeland | 423.869.6225 | john.copeland@LMUnet.edu

LMU offers one of the nation's only bachelor's degree programs in wildlife and fisheries biology This highly unique program offers you the opportunity to prepare for an exciting career, not only in wildlife and fisheries management, but in an array of other fields focusing on natural resource conservation.

Degree Offered


Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology (BS) - 4-Year Plan

Special Features


Students may be able to assist professors with current and special research projects available through the Cumberland Mountain Research Center on campus. Additional field experiences are provided through class participation in relation to work agreements with various government and private organizations.

Four Year Plan


Wildlife and Fisheries Biology- Four Year Plan

Course Information


Wildlife and Fisheries Biology Minor
   
cr hrs
WDLF 100 Intro to Wildlife and Fisheries Management
3
Select two courses from the following:
8
WDLF 330 Ichthology
WDLF 340 Herpetology
WDLF 350 Ornithology
WDLF 360 Mammalogy
Select two courses from the following:
8
WDLF 430 Applied Ecol:  Mgmt of Freshwater Fish
WDLF 450 Applied Ecol:  Mgmt of Game Birds
WDLF 460 Applied Ecol:  Mgmt of Game Mammals
TOTAL  
19
Note:  declaring the minor in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology is not available to students who take the major in Biology or Environmental Science.
Note:  Students wishing to meet The Wildlife Society Educational requirements for certification as a wildlife biologist should consult closely with their advisors.


Wildlife and Fisheries Biology (BS)
Courses required for the major include:

   
cr hrs
BIOL 220 Soils or
PHYS 211 General Physics
4
BIOL 270 Ecology
4
BIOL 315 Molecular Genetics
4
BIOL 321 Botany:  Fundamental
4
BIOL 322 Botany:  Field
4
BIOL 340 Invertebrate Zoology
4
BIOL 370 Land Use and Environmental Analysis
3
BIOL 480 Biometry
3
WDLF 100 Intro to Wildlife and Fisheries Management
3
WDLF 280 Law Enforcement and Natural Resources
3
WDLF 330 Ichthyology
4
WDLF 340 Herpetology
4
WDLF 350 Ornithology
4
WDLF 360 Mammalogy
4
WDLF 397 Junior Science Seminar
1
WDLF 430 Applied Ecol:  Mgmt of Freshwater Fish
4
WDLF 450 Applied Ecol:  Mgmt of Game Birds
4
WDLF 460 Applied Ecol:  Mgmt of Game Mammals
4
WDLF 497 Senior Science Seminar
1
TOTAL  
66
Note:  collateral requirements include CHEM 111-112.  MATH 270 is a prerequisite for BIOL 480.


Internship Opportunities


Students in this major have served as interns with the Tennessee Aquarium, Cave Research Foundation of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee River Gorge Trust and a variety of state and federal parks.

Career Opportunities


Possible career opportunities available to LMU graduates with this major include:
  • Wildlife Officer
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Fisheries Biologist
  • Environmental Scientist/Biologist
  • Wildlife Technician
  • Fisheries Technician
  • Game Farm Manager
  • Law Enforcement
  • Park Ranger
  • Naturalist
  • Agricultural Extension Agent

Graduate and Professional Schools


Graduate and professional schools where graduates of this program have enrolled include:
  • University of Tennessee
  • Virginia Tech
  • Tennessee Tech
  • University of Kentucky
  • Eastern Kentucky
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Nova University
  • Frostburg University
  • University of Georgia

Alumni Success


Graduates of this program are currently employed in various careers. Several are currently wildlife officers in Tennessee and Kentucky, wildlife area manager and supervisors in Tennessee (TWRA). Some have gone on to teach in high schools following receipt of appropriate credentials. We have a veterinarian practicing and a lawyer serving as a deputy district attorney. Some have gone on to farm, raising both livestock and promoting wild game on their properties. At least one past graduate operates an environmental consulting firm specializing in hazardous waste management. The opportunities available to graduates are as varied as the interests of the student.

Departmental Clubs/Organizations


Student chapter of the Wildlife Society

Scholarships


The Hendren Scholarship is available for students exhibiting academic excellence.