2004-2005 UAF Catalog  

Wildlife Biology

College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics
Department of Biology and Wildlife
(907) 474-7671

B.S., M.S. Degrees

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 130 credits

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The undergraduate wildlife program provides basic education and training. This degree is designed for students whose objective is to do the research needed to provide additional information on wild animal populations, their habitat and habitat-animal relationships. This degree is also for students whose primary interests involve interpreting, applying or disseminating research findings, rather than their acquisition. A wildlife B.S. degree is appropriate for students contemplating careers in wildlife agency administration, in developing and implementing wildlife management plans and in public information and education. The curriculum provides a solid foundation for graduate study and meets requirement for certification by The Wildlife Society.

The geographic location of the university is particularly advantageous for the study of wildlife biology. Spruce forest, aspen-birch forest, alpine tundra, bogs and several types of aquatic habitats are within easy reach. Studies can be made in many other habitats ranging from the dense forests of southeastern Alaska to arctic tundra.

Adequate study collections of plants and animals are available, and a 2,000-acre study area is near the campus. Wildlife biology students have ample opportunity for close association with the personnel of the Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Institute of Arctic Biology and several local offices of the federal and state conservation agencies. These agencies often provide support for graduate student projects, and program faculty usually hire a number of students for summer field work. Thus, an unusually good opportunity is available for students to gain experience and to make job connections.

The Department of Biology and Wildlife, the Institute of Arctic Biology, and the Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit cooperate in offering graduate work leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Persons desiring detailed information on the graduate program in wildlife biology and management may obtain this from the chair, Wildlife Program.

The Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and Institute of Arctic Biology offer a limited number of research assistantships. Teaching assistantships are available from the Department of Biology and Wildlife.

Major—B.S. Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements (As part of the core curriculum requirements, complete: COMM 141X.)
  2. Complete the B.S. degree requirements.
  3. Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
    1. Complete the following:

      BIOL 105X—Fundamentals of Biology I*** 4 credits

      BIOL 106X—Fundamentals of Biology II*** 4 credits

      BIOL 239—Introduction to Plant Biology 4 credits

      BIOL 271—Principles of Ecology 4 credits

      BIOL 310—Animal Physiology 4 credits

      BIOL 317—Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates 4 credits

      BIOL 331—Systematic Botany 4 credits

      BIOL 362—Principles of Genetics 4 credits

      BIOL 425—Mammalogy 3 credits

      BIOL 426W,O/2—Ornithology 3 credits

      BIOL 471—Population Ecology 3 credits

      ENGL 314W,O/2—Technical Writing (3)
      or ENGL 414W—Research Writing (3) 3 credits

      NRM 101—Natural Resources Conservation and Policy 3 credits

      NRM/WLF 431—Wildlife Law and Policy (3)
      or NRM 407—Environmental Law (3) 3 credits

      WLF 101—Survey of Wildlife Science 1 credit

      WLF 201—Wildlife Management Principles 3 credits

      WLF 303W—Wildlife Management Techniques 3 credits

      WLF 410—Wildlife Populations and Their Management 3 credits

      WLF 460—Nutrition and Physiological Ecology of Wildlife 3 credits
    2. Complete the following:

      CHEM 105X—General Chemistry** 4 credits

      CHEM 106X—General Chemistry** 4 credits

      MATH 200X—Calculus (4)**
      or MATH 272X—Calculus for Life Sciences (3)** 3-4 credits

      PHYS 103X—College Physics 4 credits

      STAT 200—Elementary Probability and Statistics (3)***
      or STAT 300—Statistics (3)*** 3 credits

      STAT 401—Regression and Analysis of Variance*** 4 credits
    3. Complete 3 of the following:

      BIOL 303—Principles of Metabolism and Biochemistry 4 credits

      BIOL 406—Entomology 4 credits

      BIOL 407—Aquatic Entomology 3 credits

      BIOL 427W,O—Ichthyology 3 credits

      BIOL 441W,O/2—Animal Behavior 3 credits

      BIOL 444—Reproductive Biology 3 credits

      BIOL 472—Community Ecology 3 credits

      BIOL 473W—Limnology 4 credits

      BIOL 474—Plant Ecology 4 credits

      BIOL 480—Water Pollution Biology 3 credits

      BIOL 481—Principles of Evolution 3 credits

      NRM 312—Introduction to Range Management 3 credits

      NRM 338—Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3 credits

      NRM 341—GIS Analysis 4 credits

      NRM 370—Introduction to Watershed Management 3 credits

      NRM 380W—Soils and the Environment 3 credits

      NRM 450—Forest Management 3 credits

      WLF 305—Wildlife Diseases 3 credits

      WLF 419O/2—Waterfowl and Wetlands Ecology and Management 4 credits
  4. Complete electives
  5. Minimum credits required 130

* Student must earn a C grade or better in each course.
** Satisfies a core requirement.
*** Satisfies a B.S. degree requirement.
Note: B.S. degree candidates are strongly urged to obtain work experience in wildlife-related positions with public resource agencies or private firms. Faculty members can help students contact potential employers.

Requirements for biology teachers (grades 7-12):*

  1. Complete all the requirements of the wildlife biology B.S. degree.
  2. All prospective biology teachers must complete the following:

    BIOL 342—Microbiology 4 credits

    BIOL 481—Principles of Evolution 4 credits

    BIOL 303—Principles of Metabolism and Biochemistry (4) or CHEM 321 and CHEM 322—Organic Chemistry (6) 4-6 credits
  3. All prospective science teachers must complete one of the following:

    PHIL 380—Conceptual Foundations of Science (3)
    or PHIL 382—Science and Technological limits (3)
    or PHIL 481—Philosophy of Science (3) 3 credits

*We strongly recommend that prospective secondary science teachers seek advising from the UAF School of Education early in your undergraduate degree program, so that you can be appropriately advised of the state of Alaska requirements for teacher licensure. You will apply for admisison to the UAF School of Education’s post-baccalaureate teacher preparation program, a one-year intensive program, during your senior year. Above requirements apply to all candidates who apply to the UAF School of Education Spring 2006 or later, for licensure in biology.


  1. Complete the following:

    WLF 303W—Wildlife Management Techniques 3 credits

    WLF 410—Wildlife Populations and Their Management 3 credits

    WLF 460—Nutrition and Physiological Ecology of Wildlife 3 credits

    Approved BIOL and WLF electives* 6 credits
  2. Minimum credits required 15

* Only biology or wildlife electives that are not required for the student’s major.
Note: Prerequisites for required courses include BIOL 105X-106X, BIOL 271, BIOL 310, STAT 200 or STAT 300, and WLF 201. Depending upon a student’s major, some of these prerequisites may satisfy the 6 elective credits in biology and wildlife required for this minor.

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