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Forest and Wildlife Ecology

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), Bockheim, Bowe, Gower, Kruger, Lorimer, Marcouiller, Mladenoff, Radeloff, Raffa, Rickenbach, Stanosz, Townsend; Associate Professors Balster, Drake, Lutz, Ribic, Samuel, Van Deelen; Assistant Professors Ozdogan, Pauli, Peery, Pidgeon, Rissman, 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

Math 112/113 or 114 or may be satisfied by placement exam AND
Stats 224 or 301 or 371 (8–10 credits)

Chemistry

Chem 103 or 108 or 109 (4–5 credits)

Biology (10 credits)

Zoology 101/102 and Botany 130*, or Biology 151 and 152, or Biocore 301/302/303/304 (Biocore 381/382/383/384, effective spring 2014)
*Recommended introduction to biology sequence
[catalog update 8/23/13]

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
[catalog update 8/23/13]

Forest Science Core (43–44 credits)

Soil Sci 301
F&W Ecol 100
F&W Ecol 300
F&W Ecol 301 or 371 or Geog 377
F&W Ecol 309
F&W Ecol 399
F&W Ecol 402
F&W Ecol 410*
F&W Ecol 415
F&W Ecol 500
F&W Ecol 501
F&W Ecol 515
F&W Ecol 550*
F&W Ecol 652*
F&W Ecol 658
*Lab component required, must be taken for 4 credits

Track Courses (12 credits)

Specific courses can be found on the Forest Science major webpage.
Forest Management track OR
Forest Conservation track OR
Forests & Environment track

Forest Management

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 343, 344 (244, effective spring 2014), 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, 651, 655, Zoology 315, 316, 510, 511, 520, 521, 548
[catalog update 8/23/13]

Forest Conservation

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 343, 344 (244, effective spring 2014), 531, Envir St 368, 449, 575, F&W Ecol 379, 450, 452, 561, 565, Geog 377, Land Arc 666
[catalog update 8/23/13]

Forests & Environment

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, 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 343, 344 (244, effective spring 2014), 531 , C&E SOC 248, 266, Envir St 307, 353, 368, 441, 460, F&W Ecol 450, 452, Geog 339
[catalog update 8/23/13]

Capstone (3 credits)

F&W Ecol 590 or independent study

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 credits)

Math 112/113 or 114 or may be satisfied by placement exam AND
Stats 224, or 301, or 371, or 541, or 571

Chemistry (4–5 credits)

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

Biology (10 credits)

Biology 151 and 152, Zoology 101/102 and Botany 130, or Biocore 303 (383, effective spring 2014) and 304 (384, effective spring 2014) and 323 (485, effective spring 2014) and 324 (486, effective spring 2014) [catalog update 8/23/13]

Wildlife Ecology Core

Complete all the following categories.
Wildlife Ecology: F&W Ecol 101, 306, 318, 379, 561 and 655 (16 credits)
Plant Taxonomy: Botany 400 or 401 (4 credits)
Anatomy/Physiology: Comp Bio 404, F&W Ecol 401*, Physiology 335, Zoology 430 or 611 (3–5 credits)
*Recommended
Evolution/Genetics: Zoology 410 or 466, or Biocore 301 (381, effective spring 2014) and 302 (382, effective spring 2014) (only allowed for students who completed the rest of the Biocore curriculum listed under Biology) (3–5 credits)
Wildlife Biology: Zoology 520/521 or Zoology 510/511 (5–6 credits)
[catalog update 8/23/13]

Breadth (total of 3 credits)

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

Track Courses

Complete one of the tracks below.

Natural Sciences (14–15 credits):
Math 221 or 217 or 221, AND Chem 104 or 109, AND Physics 103 or 201 or 207

OR

Natural Resources (14–17 credits):
Wildlife Resource Electives: 2 of 3 from F&W Ecol 375 (Wildlife-Habitat Relationships), 404 and/or 515

AND

Conservation Biology Electives: F&W Ecol 360 or 651

AND

Forest Management Electives: F&W Ecol 410, 452, 500, 652, or 658

AND

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 credits)

F&W Ecol 590 or 599 or 375 (Complexity & Conservation of White-tailed Deer) or independent study