Fisheries and Wildlife Science - Bachelor of Science in Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology

The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology prepares you for careers in a variety of natural resource fields related to the management of wild animal populations and the natural systems they share. Two options are found within this major.

  • The Wildlife Ecology and Management Concentration is for students who plan to focus on terrestrial organisms, and
  • The Aquatic Ecology and Management Concentration is for students who want to focus on fish and aquatic systems.

To graduate, an overall grade point average of 2.0 is required in courses taken in the major field and in all courses taken at NMSU. In addition, each required course must be passed with a grade of C- or better. The department offers a minor in Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology for students majoring in other disciplines. The minor includes a minimum of 18 credit hours.

New Mexico and University Requirements
Area I: Communications
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
ENGL 218GTechnical and Scientific Communication3
or ENGL 318G Advanced Technical and Professional Communication
Select one from the following:3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations3
Public Speaking3
Principles of Human Communication3
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 142GCalculus for the Biological and Management Sciences3
or MATH 191G Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Area III: Science, with Laboratory
BIOL 111GNatural History of Life3
BIOL 111GLNatural History of Life Laboratory1
Select one from the following:4
The Great Ideas of Physics4
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory
4
Area IV & V: Social/Behavioral Sciences and Humanities and Fine Arts
Select a total of 15 combined credits from Areas IV and V, with at least 9 credits in one of the two areas: 115
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences: Select 6-9 credits including the following: 1
Principles of Macroeconomics3
Principles of Microeconomics
Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts: Select 6-9 credits 1
Viewing a Wider World
Select 3 credits from Viewing a Wider World courses 23
Extra-Departmental Core Courses 3
A ST 311Statistical Applications3
AGRO 305Principles of Genetics3
BIOL 211GCellular and Organismal Biology3
BIOL 211GLCellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory1
BIOL 322Zoology3
CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I4
CHEM 112GGeneral Chemistry II4
Select one from the following:4
Introductory Geology4
Soils
and Soils Laboratory
4
Departmental Core Courses
FWCE 110GIntroduction to Natural Resources Management4
FWCE 255Principles of Fish and Wildlife Management3
FWCE 301Wildlife Ecology3
FWCE 330Natural History of the Vertebrates4
FWCE 391Internship3
FWCE 393Professional Experience and Communication3
FWCE 402Seminar in Natural Resource Management1
FWCE 409Introduction to Population Ecology3
FWCE 447Wildlife Law and Policy3
FWCE 457Ecological Biometry3
or BIOL 488 Principles of Conservation Genetics
FWCE 464Management of Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosystems4
Departmental Botany Requirements
BIOL 312Plant Taxonomy3
or RGSC 316 Rangeland Plants
BIOL 313Structure and Function of Plants3
Select one from the following:3
Plant Physiology3
Rangeland Restoration Ecology3
Grass Taxonomy and Identification3
Rangeland Resource Ecology3
Departmental Physiology Requirements
Select 3-4 credits from the following:3-4
Environmental Biology of Fishes4
Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals4
Animal Physiology3
Program Concentration
Aquatic Ecology and Management or Wildlife Ecology and Management Concentration 517-20
Additional Electives
Select additional credits so the total adds up to at least 128 credits including 55 credits 300- and 400-level classes.
Total Credits127-131
1

Areas IV and V are linked. You have to take a total of 15 credits between these two areas, for example, either 9 credits in Area IV and 6 credits in Area V or vice versa. See Required Courses section.

2

3 credits can be taken inside the College of ACES, but 3 credits must also be taken outside the College of ACES or 9 credits can be taken within a single department (e.g. Biology) that is outside the College of Aces. See Viewing a Wider World section.

3

Students intending to pursue graduate studies should also take CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry.

4

Off campus students can take FWCE 109 Contemporary Issues in Wildlife and Natural Resources Management Distance Education.

5

Students Must Declare One of the Two Options. A maximum of 3 credits of FWCE 448 Problems can count towards the Option. More credits can be taken towards the degree.

Concentration: Aquatic Ecology and Management

Techniques
FWCE 357Fisheries Management and Analysis4
Management
Select 3-4 credits from the following:3-4
Aquatic Contaminants and Toxicology4
Aquatic Ecology4
Watershed Management3
Organismal Biology
Select 3-4 credits from the following: 63-4
BIOL 465Invertebrate Zoology4
Parasitology3
Herpetology4
Ichthyology4
Wildlife Ecology and Management Electives
Select 3-4 credits from the following:3-4
Freshman Orientation1
Problems1-3
Special Topics1-4
GIS for Natural Resource Scientists4
Wildlife Museum Internship1-4
Total Credits17-20
6

At least one course chosen must be a vertebrate taxonomy course with FWCE prefix, i.e., one of FWCE 467 Herpetology or FWCE 482 Ichthyology.

Concentration: Wildlife Ecology and Management

Techniques
FWCE 355Wildlife Techniques and Analysis4
Management
Select one from the following:3
Large Mammal Ecology, Conservation and Management3
Wildlife Damage Management3
Wildlife Habitat Relationships3
Rangeland Restoration Ecology3
Organismal Biology
Select 3-4 credits from the following: 73-4
BIOL 484Animal Communication3
Economic Entomology3
Parasitology3
Avian Field Ecology4
Mammalogy4
Herpetology4
Aquatic Ecology and Management Elective
Select 3-4 credits of electives3-4
Total Credits16-18
7

At least one course chosen must be a vertebrate taxonomy course with FWCE prefix, i.e., one of FWCE 467 Herpetology or FWCE 482 Ichthyology.

Additional Electives

Take additional credits so the total adds up to at least 128 credits including 55 credits 300- and 400-level classes.

Students are encouraged to pursue a minor course of study with a department of their choosing.

Compatible minors include, but are not limited to:

  • animal science,
  • biology,
  • chemistry,
  • environmental science,
  • forensic sciences,
  • geography,
  • journalism,
  • management,
  • and range science.

Notes:

  1. No more than 6 credits of Physical Education classes will count towards your degree.
  2. Maximum of two grades of ‘D’ in FWCE classes will count towards a student’s degree.
Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallCredits
ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition 4
MATH 142G Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences 3
Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts Course 1 3
The Art of Wondering(Recommended)  
Informal Logic(Recommended)  
FWCE 110G Introduction to Natural Resources Management 4
Electives to bring fall semester to 15 credits total: 1
 Credits15
Spring
BIOL 111G
111GL
Natural History of Life
and Natural History of Life Laboratory
4
Area IV: Social and Behavorial Science Course 1 3
FWCE 255 Principles of Fish and Wildlife Management 3
COMM 265G
Principles of Human Communication
or Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations
3
Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts Course 1 3
The Art of Wondering(Recommended)  
Informal Logic(Recommended)  
 Credits16
Sophomore
Fall
CHEM 111G General Chemistry I 4
ECON 251G Principles of Macroeconomics 3
PHYS 110G The Great Ideas of Physics 4
FWCE 301 Wildlife Ecology 3
Electives to bring fall semester to 15 credits total: 1
 Credits15
Spring
CHEM 112G General Chemistry II 4
BIOL 211G
211GL
Cellular and Organismal Biology
and Cellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory
4
SOIL 252 Soils 3
Either an Area IV: Humanities and Fine Arts/ Area V: Social and Behavorial Sciences Course 1 3
 Credits14
Junior
Fall
AGRO 305 Principles of Genetics 3
BIOL 312 Plant Taxonomy 3
A ST 311 Statistical Applications 3
BIOL 322 Zoology 3
ENGL 218G Technical and Scientific Communication 3
 Credits15
Spring
FWCE 330 Natural History of the Vertebrates 4
FWCE 355 Wildlife Techniques and Analysis 4
One Organismal/Aquatic/or Management course from the following: 3-4
Mammalogy(Organismal)  
Ichthyology(Organismal)  
Environmental Biology of Fishes(Aquatic)  
Aquatic Contaminants and Toxicology(Aquatic)  
GIS for Natural Resource Scientists(Management)  
Wildlife Damage Management (Management)  
BIOL 313 Structure and Function of Plants 3
FWCE 447 Wildlife Law and Policy 3
 Credits17-18
Senior
Fall
FWCE 457 Ecological Biometry 3
FWCE 393 Professional Experience and Communication 3
One Viewing a Wider World course 2 3
RGSC Grass Taxonomy and Identification 3 6
Plant Physiology  
and
 
Grass Taxonomy and Identification
or Rangeland Restoration Ecology
or Rangeland Resource Ecology
 
 Credits15
Spring
FWCE 432 Environmental Biology of Fishes 4
FWCE 464 Management of Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosystems 4
FWCE 409 Introduction to Population Ecology 3
FWCE 402 Seminar in Natural Resource Management 1
One Organismal/Aquatic/or Management course from the following: 3-4
Mammalogy(Organismal)  
Ichthyology(Organismal)  
Aquatic Contaminants and Toxicology(Aquatic)  
GIS for Natural Resource Scientists(Management)  
Wildlife Damage Management(Management)  
 Credits15-16
 Total Credits122-124
1

 For a list of courses see the General Education Section of this catalog.

2

  For a list of courses see the Viewing a Wider World Section of this catalog.

3

 The Degree botany requirement (9 credits total of botany courses)

Students must take one Physiology course, one Techniques course, two Organismal courses (at least onw with FWCE prefix), one Management course and one Aquatic course.