Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Major in Wildlife Biology

Minimum required: 127-128 semester credit hours

General Requirements

  1. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.
  2. Students must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  3. The minimum number of hours required for this degree program is 127. The number of elective hours a student completes depends on the number of hours a student may need to achieve the required 127 total or 36 advanced hours.
  4. Students entering Texas State with fewer than 16 credit hours completed after high school graduation will be required to take US 1100. All others will be exempt from taking this course. Students may be required to earn an additional elective to reach the 120 minimum total credit hour requirement for the awarding of a degree.
  5. Nine semester credit hours must be writing intensive (WI).
  6. If two years of the same foreign language were taken in high school, then no additional language hours will be required. In the absence of such high school language, two semesters of the same modern language must be taken at the college level.
  7. This Bachelor of Science degree plan includes courses in preparation for The Wildlife Society certification as an Associate Wildlife Biologist, and does not require a minor.
  8. For transfer students, 24 semester credit hours in biology, chemistry and physics (or their equivalents) may be transferred from a Texas public institution of higher education for the Biology Field of Study and be applied to the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Wildlife Biology at Texas State University. More information about the Field of Study is available in the Academic Policies section of this catalog. The transferable Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) is listed below the Texas State University course number in the following course list.

    BIO 1330Functional Biology3
    TCCN: BIOL 1306
    BIO 1130Functional Biology Laboratory1
    TCCN: BIOL 1106
    BIO 1331Organismal Biology3
    TCCN: BIOL 1307
    BIO 1131Organismal Biology Laboratory1
    TCCN: BIOL 1107
    CHEM 1341General Chemistry I3
    TCCN: CHEM 1311
    CHEM 1141General Chemistry Laboratory I1
    TCCN: CHEM 1111
    CHEM 1342General Chemistry II3
    TCCN: CHEM 1312
    CHEM 1142General Chemistry Laboratory II1
    TCCN: CHEM 1112
    CHEM 2341Organic Chemistry I3
    TCCN: CHEM 2323
    CHEM 2141Organic Chemistry Laboratory I1
    TCCN: CHEM 2123
    PHYS 1315General Physics I3
    TCCN: PHYS 1301
    PHYS 1115General Physics I Laboratory1
    TCCN: PHYS 1101
    Total Hours24

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
BIO 1330 (Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 030 [TCCN BIOL 1306])3BIO 1331 (Life and Physical Sciences Component Code 030 [TCCN BIOL 1307])3 
BIO 1130 (TCCN BIOL 1106)1BIO 1131 (TCCN BIOL 1107)1 
CHEM 1341
CHEM 1141 (TCCN 1311 & 1111)
4CHEM 1342
CHEM 1142 (TCCN CHEM 1312 & 1112)
US 11001Communication Component Code 0103 
Communication Component Code 0103American History Component Code 0603 
Government/Political Science Component Code 0703  
 15 14 
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
BIO 2450 (TCCN BIOL 2416)4BIO 24114 
CHEM 2330
CHEM 2130
4Choose 4 hours from the following:4 
Creative Arts Component Code 0503
PHYS 1315
PHYS 1115 (TCCN PHYS 1301 & 1101)
American History Component Code 0603
PHYS 1335
PHYS 1115 (TCCN PHYS 1301 & 1101)
MATH 2321 or 2471 (Mathematics Component Code 020 [TCCN MATH 2313 or 2413])3-4Component Area Option 090/091/092/093/0943 
 Government/Political Science Component Code 0703 
 MATH 2328, HP 3302, or AG 3352 (TCCN MATH 1342 or 2342)3 
 17-18 17 
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursSummerHours
BIO 24104ENG 33033Social and Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803
BIO 3406, 3461, 4400, 4410, 4429, or 44544Choose 1 of the following:4PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 040 [TCCN PHIL 1305 or PHIL 2306])53
BIO 44164 BIO Advanced Electives24
Component Area Option 090/091/092/093/0943BIO Advanced Electives1,43 
 BIO 3421, 4455, or 44414 
 15 14 10
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
BIO Advanced Electives2,44BIO 43013 
BIO 44234BIO 44254 
BIO 4304, 4350M, 4307, or 43313BIO 44354 
 BIO 4319 or 430733 
 11 14 
Total Hours: 127-128

Choose one advanced ornithology elective from BIO 4421, BIO 4418, BIO 4350I, or BIO 4436


Choose two advanced vertebrate electives from BIO 4420, BIO 4422, BIO 4324, BIO 4415BIO 4434, BIO 4436, BIO 4338, or BIO 4472.


BIO 4307 may satisfy only one degree course requirement.


BIO 4436 may satisfy only one advanced elective requirement.


While PHIL 1305 or PHIL 1320 are strongly preferred, the department will allow other Language, Philosophy, and Culture Component Code 040 courses to satisfy this requirement.