OVERVIEW OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0
Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: Grade of C or better in MAT 122 or MAT 116, or a C- in MAT 126, and Grade of C- in WLE 200 and WLE 201 or SMS 300 or BIO 319 needed to progress to WLE 220. Grade of C- or better in WLE 220 to progress to WLE 250.
Other GPA requirements to graduate: None
Required Course(s) for fulfilling Capstone Experience: Complete one of the following courses meeting general education requirements for a Capstone course: WLE 455 (Wildlife Habitat Evaluation, must be taken concurrently to WLE 450), WLE 457 (Ecology and Management of Game Birds), or HON 499 (Honors Thesis Research).
Students may enroll in 3 credits of WLE 490 (Special Problems) with a faculty mentor and complete an independent research project. The requirements of the independent study (e.g. written paper, presentations) should be agreed upon between the student and faculty mentor, and approval from the student’s academic advisor and undergraduate coordinator should be secured during the semester prior to the capstone being completed (e.g. during fall semester for a spring graduation). With this alternative, a degree exception form will need to be completed and submitted by the student’s academic adviser.
Contact Information: Lindsay C. N. Seward, Undergraduate Coordinator, 238 Nutting Hall, (207) 581-2847, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology 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, black bears, 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 and fisheries biologists who are faculty in the Department and are employed through the USGS 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 has solid science and conservation foundations, coupled with experiences in wildlife policy, human dimensions of wildlife conservation, communications, and the humanities. Students can also meet the requirements to become a Certified Wildlife Biologist or a Certified Fisheries Biologist through the professional societies associated with our discipline. The curriculum for the B.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology plus a concentration in Fisheries allows students to meet certification requirements of the American Fisheries Society. The Wildlife Ecology curriculum plus a concentration in Wildlife Science and Management qualifies students to meet professional certification requirements of The Wildlife Society.
Requirements for BS in Wildlife Ecology
Graduates must complete 120 credits including:
- Satisfy general education requirements.
- Complete all courses listed in the curriculum for the B.S. in Wildlife Ecology.
- Complete a Concentration or an alternative approved area of specialization (see below)
Requirements for internal transfer students to Wildlife Ecology
For internal transfer students from other academic programs at UMaine, students must have a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA and demonstrated success of a “C” or better in BIO 100 and a “C” or better in MAT 122 or MAT 116, or a C- in MAT 126.
Field Experience in the profession, either through a paid or volunteer position or internship.