Wildlife Management

This concentration is designed for students who intend to pursue careers that emphasize wildlife management within the context of multiple-use management of forest land. The concentration fulfills the course requirements for certification as wildlife biologists by The Wildlife Society. Many graduates of this concentration undertake graduate studies in wildlife biology and related areas to qualify for entry-level positions as wildlife biologists.

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 Composition I (ACT subscore 17)
  • FO 1101 Forest Resource Survey
  • MA 1313 College Algebra (ACT math sub score 20)

Spring Semester
  • AEC 2713 Intro. to Food and Res. Economics
  • BIO 1144 Biological Sciences II
  • EN 1113 English Composition II (EN 1103)
  • Physical Science Elective (3)

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • FO 2113 Dendrology (BIO 1134, BIO 1144 or BIO 2113)
  • PSS 3303 Soils (CH 1043)
  • ST 2113 Intro. to Statistics (C in MA 1313 or ACT math subscore 24)
  • WF 3133 Appl. Aquatic and Terr. Ecol. (BIO 1134 and BIO 1144)

Spring Semester
  • BIO 4203 Taxon. of Spermat. (BIO 2113, BIO 2213)
  • FO 3101 Computer Appl. For. Res. Lab
  • FO 3102 Computer Appl. For. Res
  • FO 2213 Forest Measurements (ST 2113)
  • Fine Arts Elective (3)
  • Humanities Elective (3)

Summer Field Program

  • FO 3012 Forest Communities (PSS 3303, FO 2113)
  • FO 3015 Forest Description and Analysis (FO 2213, ST 2113)
  • FO 4231 Introduction to Wood Supply Systems
  • WF 3031 Intro. To Wildlife and Fisheries Practices

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • AIS 3203 Intro to Tech. Writing in Agricomm.
  • EPP 3124 Forest Pest Mgt.
  • FO 4123 Forest Ecology (FO 3012)
  • FO 4233 For. Op. and Harv. (FO 3015, FO 4231)
  • Professional Elective* (3)

Spring Semester
  • BIO 3524 Biology of Vertebrates
  • FO 4113 Forest Res. Econ. (AEC 2713)
  • FO 4213 Forest Biometrics (ST 2113 or equivalent)
  • FO 4223 Practices of Silviculture (FO 4123)
  • FO 4221 Practices of Silviculture Lab (FO 4123)

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • WF 4433 Mammalogy (BIO 1134, BIO 1144, and WA 3133)
  • FO 4313 Spatial Tech. in Nat. Res. (FO 3015)
  • FO 4323 For. Res. Mgt. (FO 4113, FO 4213, FO 4223, FO 4233)
  • WF 4153 Prin. Wildlife Cons. Mgt.
  • Humanities Elective (3)

Spring Semester
  • WF 4443 Ornithology (BIO 1134, BIO 1144, and WA 3133)
  • FO 4353 Natural Resources Law (Jr.)
  • FO 4413 Natural Res. Policy (Sr.)
  • FO 4423 Prof. Practice (FO 4323)
  • WF 4243 Wildlife Techniques (Jr.)

Approved Substitutions and Electives

  • Professional Electives (3 hours)*:
    Students seeking certification through The Wildlife Society (TWS) must take one of the courses below to meet certification requirements and graduation requirements
  • BIO 3103 Genetics (MA 1313, BIO 1134 or BIO 2113)
  • BIO 3304 General Microbiology (CH 1053 or 1223)
  • BIO 3504 Comparative Anatomy
  • BIO 3514 Invertebrate Zoology
  • BIO 4404 Environmental Microbiology
  • BIO 4413 Immunology
  • BIO 4514 Animal Physiology
  • EPP 4154 General Entomology
  • EPP 4244 Aquatic Entomology
  • PO 4843 Avian Physiology
  • VS 3014 Anatomy and Physiology
  • WF 4173 Fish Physiology (BIO 1134 and BIO 1144)
  • WF 4263 Wildlife Diseases (BIO 1134 and BIO 1144)
  • WF 4323 Wildlife Nutrition and Physiology (BIO 1134 and BIO 1144)
  • WF 4453 Ichthyology (BIO 1134, BIO 1144, WFA 3133)
  • Professional Electives (3 hours)*:
    Students not seeking WF certification may choose from the list below to satisfy the Professional Elective. Students must file a Certification Waiver Form.
  • ABE 2873 Land Surveying
  • BIO 4213 Plant Ecology (BIO 4203)
  • FO Any FO 3000+ or 4000+ course not required
  • MGT 3513 Intro. Human Res. Mgt
  • ST 4213 Nonparametric Methods (ST 2113)
  • WFA 3000 Internship (Jr. and 2.75+ GPA)
  • WFA 4133 Fisheries Science (ST 3123 or equiv.)
  • WFA 4222/4221 Limnology and Lab. (WFA 3133)
  • WFA 4313 Fisheries Mgt. (WFA 3133)
  • WFA 4353 Fish & Wildlife Policy and Law Enf. (Sr.)
  • WFA 4463 Human Dimen. of Fish and Wildlife Mgt. (Jr.)
  • Phsical Science Elective (3 hours):
  • CH 1053 Survey of Chemistry II
  • GR 1114 Physical Geography
  • PH 1113 General Physics I

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

  • Humanities (6 hours):
  • EN 2203 Intro. to Literature
  • EN 2213 English Literature I
  • EN 2243 American Literature I
  • EN 2273 World Literature I
  • FL 1113/1124 Elem. Foreign Language
  • HI 1063 Early US History
  • HI 1073 Modern US History
  • HI 1163 World History I
  • HI 1173 World History II
  • HI 1213 Early Western World
  • HI 1223 Modern Western World
  • 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

Approved Substitutions List for Wildlife Management Option
Required Courses Approved Substitutions
AEC 2713 Intro to Food & Resource Economics EC 2113 Macroeconomics or EC 2123 Microeconomics
AIS 3203 Technical Writing EN 3313 Writ. for the Workplace or MGT 3213 Organ. Comm.
BIO 3524 Biology of Vertebrates ADS 4115 An. Nut, BIO 3103 Genetics, BIO 3304 Gen Microbio, BIO 3504 Comp Anat, BIO 3514 Invert Zoo, BIO 4404 Env Microbio, BIO 4413 Immun, BIO 4514 An Phys, EPP 4154 Gen Entom, EPP 4244 Aq Entom, PO 4843 Avian Phys, VS 3014 Anat & Phys, WFA 4173 Fish Phys, WFA 4263 WF Diseases, WFA 4323 WF Nut & Phy, WFA 4423 Herpetology, or WFA 4453 Ichthyology
BIO 4203 Tax of Spermatophytes BIO 4214 General Plant Physiology or WFA 4223 Wildlife Plant ID
ST 2113 Intro to Statistics MA 2113 Intro to Statistics, MA 3123 or ST 3123 Statistics Inference
Options
Graduate Programs
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Research Forester
Resource Analyst
Vegetation Manager
Wildlife Forensics Specialist
Extension Specialist
Environmental Auditor
Environmental Coordinator
Forester
Forest Land Manager
Game Manager
Landowner Assistance Forester
Lands Manager
Natural Resource Manager
Community Assistance Forester
Conservation Biologist
Consulting Forester
District Forester
District Ranger