Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Major in Wildlife Biology (leading to The Wildlife Society certification as a Wildlife Biologist)

Minimum required: 127 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. Majors must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses).
  3. Majors must select a minor from the approved list of Undergraduate Minors. The recommended minor is Chemistry or Biochemistry. Minor and electives should be chosen in consultation with the academic advisor.
  4. The minimum number of hours required for this degree program is 120. The number of elective hours a student will complete depends on the number of hours a student may need to achieve the required 120 total or 36 advanced hours.
  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.

Course Requirements 

Freshman
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
BIO 1330 (Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 030)3BIO 1331 (Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 030)3 
BIO 11301BIO 11311 
CHEM 11411CHEM 11421 
CHEM 13413CHEM 13423 
US 11001ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3 
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060)3 
POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3  
 15 14
Sophomore
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
BIO 24504BIO 24114 
CHEM 21301PHYS 1315
PHYS 1115
4 
CHEM 23303MATH 23283 
MATH 2321 (Mathematics Component Code 020)3ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)3 
ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3 
HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060)3  
 17 17
Junior
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHoursSummerHours
BIO 24104BIO Advanced Physiology 24Summer I: 
BIO Advanced Elective14BIO Advanced Electives14PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy & Culture Component Code 040)3
BIO 44164BIO Advanced Electives33Social & Behavioral Sciences Component Code 0803
COMM 1310 (Component Area Option 090/091)3ENG 33033Summer II: 
  BIO Advanced Electives44
 15 14 10
Senior
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours 
BIO 43043BIO 43013 
BIO Advanced Electives44BIO 44254 
BIO 44234BIO 44354 
 BIO 43193 
 11 14
Total Hours: 127
1

Choose two Advanced Biology electives from: BIO 3461 (Spring), BIO 4410 (Fall/Summer I) or BIO 4454 (Spring).

2

Choose one Advanced Physiology course from: BIO 3421 (fall or spring), BIO 3465 (fall), or BIO 4441 (spring).

3

Choose one Advanced Biology elective from: BIO 4421 (Spring) or BIO 4418 (Summer I) or BIO 4350I (Fall). 

4

Choose two Advanced Biology electives from: BIO 4420 (Summer I), BIO 4422 (Fall) or BIO 4434 (Spring).