Human-Wildlife Conflicts

This curriculum provides the educational background for those students wishing to pursue a career as wildlife biologists with a strong background in wildlife damage management to resolve human-wildlife conflicts. Successful graduates of this concentration are eligible for certification by the Wildlife Society. Students completing this concentration may seek employment immediately following graduation; however, competition for positions may be intense. Students will be equally prepared to pursue one or more graduate degrees (M.S., Ph.D.) in Human-Wildlife Conflicts or other area of Wildlife Science.

Scholarship Information

College of Forest Resource Scholarship applications are accepted from January to April 1 of each year. Freshmen should complete the Mississippi State University Scholarship Resume online through their Admission application on the MSU web page. For more information, contact the CFR Office of Academic Affairs at 662.325.2624.

Students must submit a CFR Scholarship Application prior to April 1 to be considered for a departmental scholarship. Renewal of scholarships are based on Fall grade reports each year. Renewal of a scholarship is competitive. Applications are available from the CFR Office of Student Services, Box 9680, Mississippi State, Mississippi 39762.

For more information on CFR scholarships, contact us at the CFR Office of Student Services, Box 9680, Mississippi State, Mississippi 39762 or send an e-mail to rsingleton@cfr.msstate.edu.

Academics

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Courses in parentheses are prerequisites.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • BIO 1134 Biological Sciences I
  • CH 1043 Survey of Chemistry I
  • CO 1003 Fund. of Public Speaking
  • EN 1103 English Comp. I (ACT subscore 17)
  • WFA 1102 Wildlife and Fisheries Profession (FR, SO, or instructor consent)

Spring Semester
  • BIO 1144 Biological Sciences II
  • CH 1053 Survey of Chemistry II (CH 1043)
  • EN 1113 English Comp. II (EN 1103)
  • MA 1613 Calc. for Bus. And Life Sci.(C in MA 1313 or ACT math subscore 24)
  • Humanities Elective (3)

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • FO 2113 Dendrology (BIO 1134 & 1144 or 2113)
  • PSS 3303 Soils (CH 1043)
  • PSS 3301 Soils Lab (CH 1043)
  • ST 3123 Intro. to Stat Infer. (C in MA 1313 or ACT math subscore 24)
  • WFA 3133 Appl. Aquatic and Terr. Ecol. (BIO 1134 & 1144)
  • Economics Elective (3)

Spring Semester
  • BIO 3103 Genetics (MA 1313, BIO 1134 or BIO 2113)
  • Fine Arts Elective (3)
  • Humanities Elective (3)
  • Social Science Elective (3)
  • Zoology Elective (4)

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • WFA 4123 WF Biometrics (ST 3123 & C in MA 1613)
  • WFA 4223 Wildlife Plant ID (BIO 1134 & BIO 1144 & WFA 3133) (FL Odd)
  • WFA 4273 Eco. & Mgt. of Human-Wildlife Conflicts (WFA 3133) (FL Odd)
  • WFA 4273 Ecol. and Mgt. of Human-Wildlife Conflicts (WFA 1102, WFA 3133) (FL Odd)
  • WFA 4283 Human-Wildlife Conflicts Techniques (WFA 3133) (FL Odd)
  • WFA 4353 Fish & Wildlife Policy & Law Enforcement

Spring Semester
  • AIS 3203 Intro. to Tech. Writing in Agricomm. (Jr.)
  • WFA 4243 Wildlife Techniques (Jr.)
  • WFA 4443 Ornithology (BIO 1134, BIO 1144, and WFA 3133)
  • WFA 4463 Human Dim. Fish and WFA Mgt. (Jr.) (SP Even)
  • Professional Elective (3)
  • Professional Elective (3)

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • WFA 3013 Internship in HWC
  • WFA 4133 Fisheries Sci. (SP Even) OR WFA 4313 Fisheries Mgt.
  • WF 4153 Prin Wildlife Conservation and Mgt (So., WFA 3133 or FO 4123)
  • WF 4433 Mammalogy (BIO 1134 &, BIO 1144, and WFA 3133)
  • WFA 4512 Advanced Topics in Human-Wildlife Conflicts I (WFA 4273, WFA 4283) (FL Even)

Spring Semester
  • WF 4473 Wildlife & Fisheries Prac. (Sr., WFA 3133 & WFA 4153)
  • WFA 4521 Advanced Topics in Human-Wildlife Conflicts II (WFA 4512) (SP Odd)
  • Nutrition/Physiology/Anatomy Elective (3)
  • Professional Elective (3)
  • Professional Elective (4)

Approved Substitutions and Electives

  • Agriculture-Wildlife Professional Elective
  • AEC 4343 Advanced Farm Mgt. (Fall)
  • AEC 4413 Public Prob. in Agriculture (Spring)
  • FO 3203 Forest Fire
  • FO 4483 Forest Soils (SP Odd)
  • GG 3613 Water Resources
  • GG 4613 Physical Hydrology
  • PSS 4373 Geospatial Agronomic Mgt.
  • PSS 4603 Soil Chemistry (Spring)
  • PSS 4813 Herbicide Technology
  • WFA 4133 Fisheries Science (ST 3123) (SP Even)
  • WFA 4183 Principles & Pract. of Aquaculture (SP Even)
  • WFA 4273 Eco. & Mgt. of Human-Wildlife Conflicts (WFA 3133)(FL Odd)
  • WFA 4283 Human-Wildlife Conflict Techniques (WFA 3133)(FL Odd)
  • WFA 4383 Wetlands Ecology and Mgt. (Jr., WFA 3133)(FL Even)
  • WFA 4394 Waterfowl Eco. & Mgt. (Jr., WFA 3133)(FL Odd)
  • WFA 4463 Hum. Dim. of Fish & Wildlife Mgt. (Jr.) (SP Even)
  • WFA 4484 Upland Avian Eco. & Mgt. (Jr., WFA 3133, WFA 4153) (SP Even)
  • WFA 4494 Lg Mammal Eco. & Mgt. (Jr., WFA 3133 & 4153) (FL Even)

  • Crop Science Elective
  • PSS 4103 Forage and Pasture Crops (Fall)
  • PSS 4123 Grain Crops (Spring)
  • PSS 4133 Fiber and Oilseed Crops (Spring)
  • PSS 4453 Vegetable Production (Fall)

  • Animal Science Elective
  • ADS 1114 Animal Science
  • ADS 3312 Livestock Mgt. and Practice (ADS 1114)
  • ADS 4115 Animal Nutrition (CH 2503 or CH 4513)
  • ADS 4123 Animal Breeding (PO 3103)
  • ADS 4222 Small Animal Production (ADS 1114)
  • ADS 4324 Beef Cattle Production (ADS 1114)
  • ADS 4814 Dairy Farm Management (ADS 1114)

  • Invertebrate Electives:
  • BIO 3514 Invertebrate Zoology (BIO 1134, BIO 1144)
  • EPP 3124 Forest Pest Management
  • EPP 4154 General Entomology
  • EPP 4164 Insect Taxonomy (EPP 4154)
  • EPP 4234 Field Crop Insects (EPP 2132 or FPP 4154)
  • EPP 4244 Aquatic Entomology (EPP 4154)
  • EPP 4164 Prin. of Insect Pest Mgt.

  • Fine Arts (3 hours):
  • ARC 1013 Architectural Appreciation
  • ART 1013 Art History
  • ART 1113 Art Appreciation
  • CO 1503 Intro. to Theater
  • LA 1803 Landscape Architecture Appr.
  • MU 1113 History and Appr. of Music
  • PE 1323 History and Appr. of Dance
  • PSS 2343 Floral Design
  • TKI 2413 Hist. and Appr. of the Artcrafts

  • Human Resources Management Electives:
  • AIS 3803 Lead Dev. Agr. and Life Science
  • CO 3293 Corporate Comm. (Jr.)
  • FO 4343 For. Admin. and Organization
  • MGT 3114 Prin. Mgt. and Prod. (EC 2113, BQA 2113, Jr.)
  • MGT 3213 Organizational Comm. (EN 1113, Jr.)
  • MGT 3513 Intro. to Human Resource Mgt.
  • WFA 4363 Wildlife and Fish Adm. and Comm. (Jr.)

  • Humanities (6 hours):
  • EN 2203 Intro. to Literature
  • EN 2213 English Literature I
  • EN 2243 American Literature I
  • FL 1113 Elem. Foreign Language
  • HI 1063 Early US History
  • HI 1073 Modern US History
  • HI 1163 World History before 1500
  • HI 1173 World History after 1500
  • HI 1213 Early Western World
  • HI 1223 Modern Western World
  • HI 1313 East Asian Civilizations I
  • HI 1323 East Asian Civilizations II
  • PHI 1103 Intro. to Philosophy
  • PHI 1113 Intro. to Logic
  • PHI 1123 Intro. to Ethics
  • REL 1103 Intro. to Religion
  • REL 3213 World Religions I

  • Economics Elective:
  • AEC 2713 Intro. to Agricultural Economics
  • EC 2113 Prin. Macroeconomics (So.)
  • EC 2123 Prin. Microeconomics (EC 2113, So.)

  • Ethics Electives:
  • PHI 1123 Intro. Ethics
  • PHI 1193 Honors Ethics

  • Natural Resources Management Electives:
  • FO 3113 Forest Recreation Management
  • FO 4472/4471 GIS Natural Resource Management/Lab
  • GR 4303 Principles of GIS
  • GR 4313 Advanced GIS
  • WFA 4183 Prin. and Practices of Aquaculture (BIO 1134 & 1144) (SP Even)
  • WFA 4253 App. of GIS in WF (Sr.)
  • WFA 4273 Eco. & Mgt. of Human-Wildlife Conf. (WFA 3133) (FL Odd)
  • WFA 4283 Human-Wildlife Conf. Techniques (WFA 3133) (FL Odd)
  • WFA 4313 Fisheries Mgt. (WFA 3133)
  • WFA 4363 Wildlife and Fish. Admin. and Comm. (Jr.)
  • WFA 4383 Wetlands Ecology and Mgt. (Jr., WFA 3133) (FL Even)
  • WFA 4394 Waterfowl Eco. and Mgt. (Jr., WFA 3133) (FL Odd)
  • WFA 4463 Human Dim. of Fish and Wildlife Mgt. (Jr.) (SP Even)
  • WFA 4484 Upland Avian Ecology and Mgt. (Jr., WFA 3133, WFA 4153) (SP Even)
  • WFA 4494 Large Mammal Ecology and Mgt.(Jr., WFA 3133, WFA 4153) (FL Even)

  • Nutrition/Physiology/Anatomy/Electives:
  • ADS 4115 Animal Nutrition
  • BIO 3504 Comparative Anatomy (BIO 1134 and BIO 1144)
  • BIO 4514 Animal Physiology (10 hrs. bio & org chem) (SP)
  • PO 4843 Avian Physiology
  • VS 3014 Anatomy and Physiology
  • WFA 4173 Fish Physiology (BIO 1134 and BIO 1144)
  • WFA 4323 Wildlife Nutrition and Physiology (BIO 1134 & 1144) (SP Odd)

  • Organismal Electives:
  • WFA 4423 Herpetology (BIO 1134, BIO 1144, & WFA 3133)
  • WFA 4433 Mammalogy (BIO 1134, BIO 1144, & WFA 3133)
  • WFA 4443 Ornithology (BIO 1134, BIO 1144, & WFA 3133)
  • WFA 4453 Ichthyology (BIO 1134, BIO 1144, & WFA 3133)
    (applies in the zoology category, not in the BIO category for TWS certification)

  • Policy Electives:
  • FO 4343 Forest Admin. and Organization
  • FO 4353 Natural Resource Law (Jr.)
  • FO 4413 Natural Resources Policy (Sr.)
  • PS 4743 Environmental Policy
  • WFA 4353 Fish and Wildlife Policy and Law Enforcement (Sr.)
  • WFA 4363 Wildlife and Fisheries Admin. and Comm. (Jr.)
  • WFA 4463 Human Dim. of Wildlife and Fisheries Mgt. (Jr.)

  • Professional Electives:
  • AEC 4413 Public Problems in Agriculture
  • ADS 3314 Intro. to Meat Science
  • AN 3313 Hum. Identification (AN 1103, AN 1343)
  • BCH 4013 Elem. Biochem. (CH 2503 and BIO 1144)
  • BIO 3303 Parasitology
  • BIO 3304 General Microbiology (CH 1053 or 1223)
  • BIO 4113 Evolution (BIO 1144, BIO 3103 or BIO 4133)
  • BIO 4213 Plant Ecology (BIO 4203)
  • BIO 4514 Animal Physiology (Spring odd years)
  • CO 4213 Political Communication (CO 1223)
  • CO 4323 Mass Media and Society (Jr.)
  • FO 3113 Forest Recreation Management
  • FO 3203 Forest Fire
  • FO 4223/4221 Practice of Silviculture/Lab (FO 4123)
  • FO 4313 Spatial Tech. in Nat. Res. (FO 3015)
  • FO 4353 Natural Resource Law (Jr.)
  • FO 4463 Forest Hydro. and Water Shed Mgt. (PSS 3303, FO 3012, FO 4123)
  • FO 4472/4471 GIS Nat. Res. Mgt./Lab (Jr.)
  • FO 4483 Forest Soils (PSS 3303, FO 3012, FO 4123)
  • FST 4164 Quality Assur. of Food Prod. (BIO 3304)
  • GG 3613 Water Resources
  • GG 4613 Physical Hydrology
  • GR 3113 Conservation of Natural Resources
  • GR 4303 Principles of GIS
  • GR 4313 Advanced GIS
  • PHI 4143 Philosophy of Science
  • PSS 4633 Weed Biology/Ecology
  • PSY 3073 Psy. of Interpersonal Relations (Jr.)
  • SO 4173 Env. and Society (AN 1103 or SO 1003)
  • SO 4703 Population Prob. and Processes (SO 1003)
  • ST 4213 Nonparametric Methods (ST 2113)
  • WFA 3000 Wildlife & Fisheries Internship (Jr. and 2.75 GPA)
  • WFA 4133 Fisheries Science (ST 3123) (SP Even)
  • WFA 4183 Prin. and Practices of Aquaculture (BIO 1134 & 1144) (SP Even))
  • WFA 4222/4221 Limnology and Lab (WF 3133)
  • WFA 4263 Wildlife Diseases (BIO 1134 & BIO 1144) (SP Even)
  • WFA 4273 Ecology & Mgt of HWC (WFA 3133) (FL Odd)
  • WFA 4283 HWC Techniques (WFA 3133) (FL Odd)
  • WFA 4363 Wildlife and Fish Admin. and Comm. (Jr.)
  • WFA 4373 Prin. and Prac. of Cons. in Ag Landscapes (SP Odd)
  • WFA 4383 Wetlands Eco. & Mgt. (Jr., WFA 3133) (FL Even)
  • WFA 4394 Waterfowl Eco. & Mgt. (Jr., WFA 3133) (FL Odd)
  • WFA 4423 Herpetology (BIO 1134, BIO 1144, & WFA 3133)
  • WFA 4433 Mammalogy (BIO 1134, BIO 1144, & WFA 3133)
  • WFA 4443 Ornithology (BIO 1134, BIO 1144, & WFA 3133))
  • WFA 4453 Ichthyology (BIO 1134, BIO 1144, & WFA 3133)
  • WFA 4463 Human Dim. of Fish and Wildl. Mgt. (Jr.) SP Even)
  • WFA 4483 Seminar in Tropical Biology (WFA 3133) (SP Even)
  • WFA 4484 Upland Avian Eco. & Mgt. (Jr., WFA 3133, WFA 4153) (SP Even)
  • WFA 4494 Large Mammal Eco. & Mgt. (Jr., WFA 3133, WFA 4153) (FL Even)

  • Social Science Electives:
  • AN 1103 Intro. to Anthropology
  • CO 1223 Intro. to Comm. Theory (CO 1003 or 2253)
  • CO 1403 Intro. to Mass Media
  • GR 1123 Intro. to World Geography
  • GR 2013 Cultural Geography
  • PSS 1113 American Government
  • PSY 1013 General Psychology
  • SO 1003 Intro. to Sociology
  • SO 1103 Contemporary Social Problems

  • Zoology Electives:
  • ADS 4155 Animal Nutrition
  • BIO 3304 General Microbiology
  • BIO 3504 Comparative Anatomy
  • BIO 3524 Biology of Vertebrates
  • BIO 4404 Environmental Microbiology
  • BIO 4514 Animal Physiology
  • EPP 4154 General Entomology
  • EPP 4244 Aquatic Entomology
  • VS 3014 Anatomy and Physiology

Approved Substitutions List for Human-Wildlife Conflicts Option
Required Courses Approved Substitutions
AIS 3203 Technical Writing EN 3313 Writing for the Workplace or MGT 3213 Organizational Comm.
MA 1613 Calc. Bus. Life Science MA 1713 Calculus I
WFA 4223 Wildlife Plant ID BIO 4203 Tax. of Spermatophytes or BIO 4214 Gen. Plant Physiology
Zoology Elective (3 hr courses require an additional hr for graduation) BIO 3103, BIO 3514, BIO 4413, PO 4843, WFA 4173, WFA 4263, WFA 4323, WFA 4453, WFA 4423, WFA 4433, or WFA 4443
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Resource Analyst
Resource Information Manager
Senior Marketing Manager
Terrestrial Ecologist
Vegetation Manager
Wetland Manager
Wildlife Manager
Extension Specialist
Zoologist
Environmental Auditor
Environmental Coordinator
Game Manager
Ornithologist
Conservation Biologist