2013-2014 Course Catalog

The University Of Montana

Wildlife Biology

Daniel H. Pletscher, Professor, Wildlife Biology Director

The Wildlife Biology Program combines the best features of a liberal arts curriculum with scientific preparation in wildlife conservation. The Program provides students with an extensive knowledge in ecology, population biology, conservation biology, and critical thinking and quantitative skills. Our students receive a strong academic and scientific background with an emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning.The educational requirements for certification by The Wildlife Society can be met within the framework of the undergraduate program. 

While some employment opportunities exist in wildlife conservation for students with the baccalaureate degree, we encourage students to continue their education through the master's degree to qualify for most state, federal, and private positions.

Three optional curricula are offered in the Wildlife Biology Program: terrestrial, aquatic, and honors. All three options follow the same schedule of courses for the freshman and most of the sophomore year and then pursue different curricula for the last two years. Each leads to a B.S. in Wildlife Biology. The University is well-suited for instruction in wildlife biology because of the excellent opportunities for field instruction and research at Lubrecht Experimental Forest, Flathead Lake Biological Station, and the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial and Bandy ranches. The Montana Forest and Conservation Experiment Station, the Division of Biological Sciences, and the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit facilitate research.

High School Preparation: In addition to general University admission requirements, the student should elect four years of mathematics and three years of science, including biology, chemistry and physics.

Special Degree Requirements

Refer to graduation requirements listed previously in the catalog. See index.

The Upper-division Writing Expectation must be met by successfully completing BIOE 371 (BIOL 341) and two courses selected from BIOO 470, 475, 320, (BIOL 304, 306, 316), BIOE 428 (BIOL 366); and WILD 408, 470, 499 (WBIO 408, 470, 497).
The student must complete the requirements for one of the options indicated below. 

To obtain the B.S. in Wildlife Biology, the student must have a 2.5 grade point average or higher in all courses taken at The University of Montana.

Suggested sequence subject to frequent change. Some courses are offered more than one semester/year.

Terrestrial and Aquatic Options

Terrestrial Option

First Year Credits
BIOB 160N (BIOL 110N) Principles of Living Systems 4
CHMY 121N (CHEM 151N) Introduction to General Chemistry 3
CHMY 123N (CHEM 152N) Introduction to Organic and Biochem 3
CHMY 124N (CHEM 154N) Introduction Organic & Biochem Laboratory 2
WRIT 101 (ENEX 101) College Writing I 3
NRSM 180 (WBIO 180) Careers in Natural Resources 2
M 162 (MATH 150) Applied Calculus 4
Electives and General Education 8-14
Summer Credits
Experiential Learning 2
(For a list of options, contact the Wildlife Biology Office.)
Second Year Credits
BIOB 260 (BIOL 221) Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
BIOB 272 (BIOL 223) Genetics and Evolution 4
BIOO 335 (BIOL 350)* Rocky Mountain Flora 3
COMX 111A (COMM 111A) Introduction to Public Speaking 3
STAT 216 (MATH 241) Statistics or WILD 240 (WBIO 240) Introduction to Biostatistics 3-4
WRIT 222 (FOR 220) Technical Approach to Writing or WRIT 325 Science Writing or WRIT 201 (ENEX 200) College Writing II 2-3
Electives and General Education 11-15
*BIOO 335(BIOL 350)is not required for the Aquatic option
Third Year Credits
Two of the following:
BIOO 470 (BIOL 304) Ornithology 4
BIOO 475 (BIOL 306) Mammalogy 4
BIOO 340 (BIOL 308) Biology and Management of Fishes 4
And one of the following
FORS 347 (FOR 347) Multiple Resource Silviculture 3
NRSM 360 (FOR 360) Rangeland Management 3
BIOE 370 (BIOL 340) General Ecology 3
BIOE 371 (BIOL 341) General Ecology Lab 2
WILD 346 (WBIO 446) Wildlife Physiological Ecology 3
WILD 370 (WBIO 370) Wildlife Habitat Conservation and Management 3
Electives and General Education 8-14
Fourth Year Credits
WILD 470 (WBIO 470) Conservation of Wildlife Populations 3
WILD 494 (WBIO 494) Senior Wildlife Seminar 1
WILD 480 (WBIO 480) The Upshot: Applied Wildlife Management 3
And one of the following
WILD 410 (WBIO 410) Wildlife Policy and Biopolitics 3
NRSM 422 (FOR 422) Natural Resources Policy and Administration 3
Electives and General Education 16-22

Aquatic Option

Third Year Credits
BIOO 320 (BIOL 316) General Botany 5
BIOO 340 (BIOL 308) Biology and Management of Fishes 4
BIOE 370 (BIOL 340) Ecology 3
BIOE 371 (BIOL 341) Ecology Lab 2
BIOM 427/428 (BIOL 400-401) General Parasitology and Laboratory OR
BIOE 406 (BIOL 406) Behavior and Evolution OR
BIOO 462 (BIOL 410) Entomology or WILD 491 Aquatic Invertebrate Ecology
WILD 346 (WBIO 446) Wildlife Physiological Ecology 3
Electives and General Education 5-11
Fourth Year Credits
WILD 494 (WBIO 494) Senior Seminar 1
BIOE 428 (BIOL 366) Freshwater Ecology 5
WILD 408 (WBIO 408) Advanced Fisheries 3
NRSM 385 (FOR 385) Watershed Hydrology 3
WILD 480 (WBIO 480) The Upshot-Applied Wildlife Management 3
And one of the following
WILD 410 (WBIO 410) Wildlife Policy and Biopolitics 3
NRSM 422 (FOR 422) Natural Resource Policy and Administration 3
Electives and General Education 12-18

Wildlife Biology Honors Emphasis

The honors curriculum is designed particularly for students with strong academic records who intend to do graduate work. Entrance into this emphasis is open to students who, at the beginning of the junior year of the wildlife biology curriculum, have a grade-point average of 3.5 or above and who petition the faculty for entrance (transfer students must have >30 credits at UM).

Honors students must complete either WILD 370, 470, and 494 (WBIO 370, 470 and 494) (terrestrial option) or BIOO 340 (BIOL 308), BIOE 428 (BIOL 366), and WILD 494 (WBIO 494) (aquatic option). Honors students are encouraged to enroll also in WILD 499 (WBIO 497) Senior Thesis. The balance of the coursework for the junior and senior years will be developed in consultation with the honors student's faculty advisor and committee.

All students in the honors emphasis are required to meet with their faculty advisor prior to autumn semester registration of their junior and senior years to work out their course schedules.

Requirements for a Minor

To earn a minor in wildlife biology, the student must successfully complete the following coursework: BIOB 170N, 171N (BIOL 108N, 109N); BIOO 101N (BIOL 201N), BIOO 335 (BIOL 350); WILD 105N (WIOB 105N), WILD 275 (FOR 275); FORS 330 (FOR 330) or NRSM 360 (FOR 360); WILD 105N (WBIO 105), NRSM 180 (WBIO 180).