Dec 14, 2019  
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Wildlife Ecology

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Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 124

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: None.

Other GPA requirements to graduate: None.

Contact Information: Judith M. Rhymer, Chair, 210 Nutting Hall, 207 581 2863 / 2862,

The Wildlife Ecology Department offers an education with an emphasis on basic sciences and principles of wildlife ecology and resource management, with the goal for students to develop responsible citizenship and a sound training as a professional wildlife biologist, a professional fisheries biologist, or a conservation biologist. A minor in Fisheries is available to non-majors interested in a fisheries career. Students are exposed to wildlife issues in a diversity of ecological systems, in national parks, wildlife refuges, state management areas, and on private land. Maine offers diverse opportunities to study wildlife in a variety of natural environments ranging from the coast with its sea birds, marine mammals and eagles, to the more mountainous northern boreal forest occupied by moose, loons, red-backed salamanders, brook trout, and salmon.  Maine also has thousands of lakes and ponds and 30,000 miles of rivers and streams.

An active Wildlife Ecology graduate program, offering both M. S. and Ph.D. degrees, enables undergraduates to interact with graduate students conducting research in wildlife and fish ecology and conservation. Students have the opportunity to work with federal wildlife biologists through the Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.

The curriculum in Wildlife Ecology is designed to train the student to adapt to the changing requirements of the Wildlife profession. The curriculum provides a solid foundation in communications, the humanities, and sciences.  Students can also meet the education requirements for federal and state positions in the wildlife field.

Requirements for BS in Wildlife Ecology
124 credits including:

  1. Satisfy general education requirements.
  2. Complete all courses listed in the curriculum for the B.S. in Wildlife Ecology. 
  3. One additional field course.
  4. One additional communication course (see WLE Department for options).
  5. Complete a Concentration

Also Recommended
Field Experience in the profession, either through a paid or volunteer position.

Concentrations in Wildlife Ecology

Students are encouraged to focus 13-18 Elective Credits in an area of concentration.  Available Concentrations are:

  • Fisheries
  • Wildlife Science and Management
  • Conservation Biology

The Fisheries and Wildlife Science and Management concentrations allow students to meet certification requirements for professional societies. The curriculum for the B.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology plus a concentration in Fisheries allow students to meet certification requirements of the American Fisheries Society.  The Wildlife Ecology curriculum plus a concentration in Wildlife Science and Management qualify students to meet professional certification requirements of The Wildlife Society.

Curriculum for the BS in Wildlife Ecology

First Year - First Semester

Third Year - First Semester

Third Year - Second Semester

Fourth Year - Second Semester


The core curriculum satisfies the General Education Social Context and Institutions and Population and the Environment requirements, however electives must be chosen to meet Concentration Requirements and the remaining General Education Requirements (Western Cultural Tradition, Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives, Artistic and Creative Expression, and Ethics).

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