University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Wildlife Biology - Aquatic

Bachelor of Science - Wildlife Biology; Aquatic Concentration

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


Major Required Courses37-39
Major Required Courses - Aquatic Concentration22-21
Outside Major Required Courses20-21
Total Hours79-81

Degree Specific Credits: 79-81

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.5

Major Required Courses

Note: WILD 398 fulfills the Wildlife Biology Experiential Learning requirement. Alternatives are possible. See the Wildlife Biology Advisor in the Forestry Building, room 204.

Complete all of the following courses:
BIOB 160NPrinciples of Living Systems3
BIOB 161NPrinciples of Living Systems Lab1
BIOB 260Cellular and Molecular Biology4
BIOB 272Genetics and Evolution4
BIOE 370General Ecology3
BIOE 371General Ecology Lab (equivalent to 271)2
BIOO 320General Botany3-5
or BIOO 335 Rocky Mountain Flora
WILD 180Careers in Wildlife Biology2
WILD 274Human Dimensions of Wildlife3
WILD 346Wildlife Physiological Ecology3
WILD 398Internship2
WILD 410Wildlife Policy & Biopolitics3
or NRSM 422 Natural Resource Policy and Administration
WILD 480The Upshot--Applied Wildlife Management3
or BIOB 480 Conservation Genetics
or BIOM 460 Ecology of Infectious Diseases
or NRSM 379 Collaborations in Natural Resource Decisions
or PTRM 300 Recreation Behavior
WILD 494Senior Wildlife Seminar1
Total Hours37-39

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Major Required Courses - Aquatic Concentration

Complete all of the following courses:
BIOE 428Freshwater Ecology5
BIOO 340Biology and Management of Fishes4
NRSM 385Watershed Hydrology3
WILD 280Fisheries Techniques3
WILD 408Advanced Fisheries3
Complete one of the following courses:3-4
Behavior & Evolution
General Parasitology
and General Parasitology Lab
Aquatic Invertebrate Ecology
Total Hours21-22

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Outside Major Required Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
CHMY 121NIntroduction to General Chemistry4
CHMY 123Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry4
CHMY 124Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Lab2
COMX 111AIntroduction to Public Speaking3
M 162Applied Calculus4
or M 171 Calculus I
STAT 216Introduction to Statistics3-4
or WILD 240 Intro to Biostatistics
Total Hours20-21

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Advanced College Writing Requirement

Complete any three of the courses from the following lists:
The following courses are required in the Aquatic Concentration:
Freshwater Ecology
Biology and Management of Fishes
Advanced Fisheries
The following courses are additional options that can also be used to fulfill the Advanced College Writing requirement:
Phylogenics and Evolution
Field Ecology
Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
Behavior & Evolution Discussion
Biology and Management of Fishes
Forest Ecology
Timber Harvesting & Roads
Practice of Silviculture
Forest Stand Management
Ecosystem Science and Restoration Capstone
Climate Change Ethics and Policy
Collaborations in Natural Resource Decisions
Rangeland Ecology
Environment & Development
Recreation Behavior
Tourism & Sustainability
Wilderness & Protected Area Management
Wildlife Policy & Biopolitics
Conservation of Wildlife Populations

Minimum Required Grade: C-