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Forest and Wildlife Ecology

Forest Science Major
Wildlife Ecology Major
Courses

226 Russell Labs, 1630 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-262-9975; forestandwildlifeecology.wisc.edu

Professors Karasov (chair), Bowe, Clayton, Kruger, Lindroth, Mladenoff, Radeloff, Raffa, Ralph, Rickenbach, Stanosz, Townsend; Associate Professors Alix-Garcia, Balster, Berkelman, Drake, Lutz, Ozdogan, Peery, Pidgeon, Rissman, Ribic, Samuel, Van Deelen; Assistant Professors Johnston, Pauli, Zuckerberg

Forest Science Major

An undergraduate major in forest science is offered in the Bachelor of Science degree program. The scope of forestry is broad, including activities as diverse as ensuring sustainable supplies of fiber and bio-energy for future generations, control of invasive insect and disease epidemics, maintenance of natural areas, restoration of degraded sites, and providing habitat conditions that will maintain biological diversity. All majors take a common core of basic science and forest-related courses. Beyond the common core, students have broad flexibility in selecting resource-related courses from within our three tracks; Forest Management, Forest Conservation, or Forests & the Environment, and can develop a custom curriculum attuned to their interests. All curricular tracks are designed to meet accreditation standards of the Society of American Foresters. Most forestry courses include a field component and all students must complete a professional work experience prior to graduation.

Students with research as a professional goal should consider graduate work in forest resources and related sciences. Advanced work usually is required for research positions. Details may be obtained from the department.

The Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology offers graduate education in a variety of specialties leading to the master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees. Programs are developed within the department or jointly with other departments. For information, see the Graduate School Catalog.

Forest Science Major Requirements

Mathematics and Statistics (8 cr)

Math [112 and 113] or 114 or may be satisfied by placement exam
Stats 224 or 301 or 371*
*Recommended

Chemistry (4–5 cr)

Chem 103 or 108 or 109

Biology (10 cr)

One of the following sets:

Zoology 101 and 102 and Botany 130*
Biology 151 and 152
Biocore 381 and 382 and 383 and 384
*Recommended introduction to biology sequence

Economics (3–4 credits)

AAE 215* or Econ 101
*AAE 215 only carries QR-B credit if taken fall 2011 or later.

Conservation (2–4 credits)

One of the following courses*: Envir St 361, F&W Ecol 360**, 565, 651**, Geog 339
*These courses may double count as track electives.
**Recommended

Core (43–44 cr)

Grade of C or better required in each core course.

Soil Sci 301
F&W Ecol 100
F&W Ecol 300
F&W Ecol 301 or 371 or 375 (Intro to Remote Sensing) or Geog 377
F&W Ecol 309
F&W Ecol 399
Botany/F&W Ecol 402
F&W Ecol 410*
F&W Ecol 415
F&W Ecol 500
F&W Ecol 501
Envir. St./F&W Ecol 515
F&W Ecol 550*
AAE/Envir St/F&W Ecol 652*
F&W Ecol 658
*Lab component required, must be taken for 4 credits

Electives (12 credits)

Complete all the requirements for one of the following tracks.

Forest Management Track

Take 12 credits from any of the courses listed below:
Soils and Landscapes: F&W Ecol 565, Geog 329, Soil Sci 325, 451
Economics and Business: AAE 244, 343, 419, Gen Bus 310, 311, Intl Bus 200, L SC Com 270, MHR 300, 305, 401, OTM 300
Urban and Wildland Forest Management: Entom 541, Envir St 368, F&W Ecol 375 (Tree Stability Analysis), Hort 263, 326, 375 (Aboriculture)
GIS/Remote Sensing: Envir St 400 (Fieldcraft & Field Methods for Environmental Researchers), 556, 575, 695, F&W Ecol 302 or 372, Geog 370, 377, 378
Wildlife and Fisheries Ecology: F&W Ecol 306, 318, 360, 375 (Wildlife-Habitat Relationships), 379, 404, 655, Zoology 315, 316, 510, 511, 520, 521, 548, 651

Forest Conservation Track

Take 3 credits from each of the four lists below:
Plant Ecology and Diversity:  Botany 332, 360, 401, 422, 455, F&W Ecol 635, Geog 338
Animal Ecology and Diversity: Entom 302, 342, 473, F&W Ecol 306, 375 (Wildlife-Habitat Relationships), 655, Zoology 315, 316, 510, 511, 520, 521, 548
Conservation Biology:  Envir St 361, F&W Ecol 360, 565, 651, Geog 339, Zoology 410, 548
Natural Resources Management and Policy: AAE 244, 343, 531, Envir St 368, 449, 575, F&W Ecol 379, 450, 452, 561, 565, Geog 377, Land Arc 666

Forests & Environment Track

Take 12 credits from any of the courses listed below:
Earth and Atmospheric Science: Atm Ocn 100, 171, 332, 472, 535, Geog 329, 342, Microbio 303, 304, Soil Sci 321, 323, 325, 451
Plant and Animal Ecology:  Botany 332, 401, 422, 455, 460, Entom 302, 342, 473, Envir St 361, F&W Ecol 306, 318, 360, 375 (Wildlife-Habitat Relationships), 565, 635, 651, 655, Zoology 315, 316, 510, 511, 520, 521, 548
Natural Resources Management: Entom 541, Envir St 367, 411, 575, 671, F&W Ecol 302, 379, Geog 377, Pl Path 300, Land Arc 666
Human Dimensions of Resources: AAE 244, 343, 531 , C&E SOC 248, 266, Envir St 307, 353, 368, 441, 460, F&W Ecol 450, 452, Geog 339

Capstone (3 credits)

Grade of C or better required in Capstone.

F&W Ecol 590 

Minimum Grade Requirement

Students who declare the major in fall 2012 or later will be required to receive a grade of C or higher on all of the Forest Science Core courses and the Capstone. Students who receive a grade of D or below will be required to retake the course for graduation.

Wildlife Ecology Major

Founded by Aldo Leopold, the Department of Wildlife Management (now Forest and Wildlife Ecology) is the oldest academic department in the country where students can receive formal training in the conservation, applied management, and ecological study of wildlife. The curriculum is solidly based in the natural sciences. Students are trained in the basic science of ecology, as well as its application to practical issues such as conservation of exploited wildlife, control of wildlife pests, preservation of rare and endangered wildlife, and the management of wildlife communities in protected natural areas. Training also requires social science course work because most wildlife conservation issues ultimately relate to human communities.

The department offers wildlife ecology through the Bachelor of Science degree program with two tracks, a Natural Sciences track and a Natural Resources track. The Wildlife Ecology major, Natural Sciences track includes course work that will qualify a student for certification as a wildlife biologist by The Wildlife Society. All students are given opportunities to gain practical field experience, which is usually essential for acceptance into a graduate program and eventual employment.

There is intense competition for career openings in the wildlife field. Most opportunities are with state and federal conservation agencies, but career possibilities also exist with private conservation groups and educational institutions. To be most competitive for limited job opportunities, students should pursue a master's degree. The Graduate School Catalog describes the department's graduate programs.

Wildlife Ecology Major Requirements

Mathematics and Statistics (8–9 cr)

Math [112 and 113] or 114 or 171 or may be satisfied by placement exam
Stats 224 or 301 or 371 or 541 or 571

Chemistry (4–5 cr)

Chem 103, or 108* or 109
*only for natural Resources students

Biology (10 cr)

One of the following sets:

*Biology/Botany/Zoology 151 and 152
Zoology 101 and 102 and Botany 130
Biocore 383 and 384 and 485 and 486
*Recommended introduction to biology sequence

Core

Wildlife Ecology (17 cr): F&W Ecol 101, 306, 318, 379, 561 and 655
Plant Taxonomy (4 cr): Botany 400 or 401
Anatomy/Physiology (3–5 cr): One of the following courses: Comp Bio 404, F&W Ecol 401*, Physiology 335, Zoology 430 or 611
*Recommended
Evolution/Genetics (3-5 cr.): Zoology 410 or 466, or Biocore [381and 382] (only allowed for students who completed the rest of the Biocore curriculum listed under Biology)
Wildlife Biology (5-6 cr.): Zoology [520 and 521]* or [Zoology 510 and 511]
*Required for TWS certification

Breadth (3 cr)

3 credits from the following: Agronomy 370, Envir St 361, 375, F&W Ecol 360, 375 (Conservation Genetics, Wildlife-Habitat Relationships), 402, 404, 424, 515, 548, 550, 565, 632, 633, 634, 651, Zoology 315, 316, 504, 535 or 548

Courses used in this category cannot be double counted toward any other major requirement.

Track Courses

Complete all the requirements for one of the following tracks:

Natural Sciences Track (14–15 cr):
Math 211 or 217 or 221
Chem 104*
*If Chem 109 was taken instead of Chem 103, Chem 104 is not required.
Physics 103 or 201 or 207

Natural Resources Track (14–17 cr):
Wildlife Resource Electives: 2 of 3 from F&W Ecol 375 (Wildlife-Habitat Relationships), 404, 424, 515
Conservation Biology Electives: F&W Ecol 360 or 651 or 660
Forest Management Electives: F&W Ecol 410, 452, 500, 652, or 658
Natural Resources Management Electives: One of the following courses: C&E Soc 248, 434, 541, F&W Ecol 335, 531, Envir. St. 339, 343, 368, 449, 575

Capstone (3 cr)

F&W Ecol 590 or 599 or 375 (Complexity & Conservation of White-tailed Deer) or see advisor.



This page was revised 6/22/15.