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2019-2020 University Catalog 
2019-2020 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Wildlife, BS

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About the Program

Learn to apply biological, ecological, economic and social knowledge as you develop and implement sustainable forest management plans. Studies emphasize understanding how forest ecosystems function, the role of natural and human disturbance, and ecosystem resilience. The Forestry major was recently revised to allow students to specialize in one of four concentrations: forest management, forest science, urban forestry, and sustainable biomaterials (the latter is a technology-based degree for making products out of wood).  This major prepares the student for careers with public agencies such as state divisions of forestry or the U.S. Forest Service (forest management concentration), private industry and consulting firms (urban forestry, sustainable biomaterials) and graduate school (forest science). The major is accredited by the Society of American Foresters.

You are preparing for work in public organizations (state/federal fish and wildlife), not-for-profit organizations (The Nature Conservancy, Ducks Unlimited), private consulting firms, or for graduate studies (MS, PhD, DVM). This degree meets the educational standards of The Wildlife Society to become a Certified Wildlife Biologist.

Wildlife Website

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (112-113 credits)

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (50-51 credits)

Electives (7-8 credits)

College of Agriculture & University Level Requirements

  • 2.00 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
  • 32 Upper division credits taken from Purdue
  • International Understanding Selective   - Credit Hours: 9.00
  • Multicultural Awareness Selective  - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • 6 Credits:  Written/Oral Communication or Social Science and Humanities categories must come from 30000+ courses or above - Credit Hours: 3.00 AND Written/Oral Communication or Social Science and Humanities categories must come from 30000+ or above or from a course with a required pre-requisite in the same department - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Humanities and/or Social Sciences outside the College of Agriculture - Credit Hours: 9.00

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


Additional Requirements

Click here for Wildlife Supplemental Information  

Program Requirements

14-15 Credits

16 Credits

13 Credits

15 Credits

6 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

15 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

14 Credits

13 Credits

Spring 4th Year

13-14 Credits


  • 2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
  • Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program. 

For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

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