The Conservation Biology concentration focuses on understanding the ecological processes necessary to conserve biological diversity with an emphasis on fish and wildlife species and their habitats.

Effective Fall 2015

A minimum grade of C (2.000) is required in all biological, mathematical/ statistical, physical science, fish, wildlife, and conservation biology and natural resource courses used to meet graduation requirements for the fish, wildlife, and conservation biology major. The minimum applies to courses taken as substitutions for meeting these requirements. 

Freshman
AUCCCredits
Select one group from the following: 8
Group A:
  
Principles of Animal Biology (GT-SC2)3A 
Animal Biology Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A 
Principles of Plant Biology (GT-SC1)3A 
Group B:
  
Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)3A 
Biology of Organisms-Animals and Plants  
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
Select one set of chemistry and physics courses from the following: 13-15
Group A:
  
Fundamentals of Chemistry (GT-SC2)3A 
Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A 
General Physics I (GT-SC1)3A 
General Physics II (GT-SC1)3A 
Group B:
  
General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)3A 
General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)3A 
General Chemistry II  
General Chemistry Lab II  
Descriptive Physics (GT-SC2)3A 
Descriptive Physics Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A 
FW 104Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (GT-SC2)3A3
Arts and Humanities3B3
 Total Credits 30-32
Sophomore
 
Select one course from the following:  3-4
Introduction to Evolution  
Population and Evolutionary Genetics  
Molecular and General Genetics  
Principles of Genetics  
CHEM 245Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 4
CHEM 246Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
FW 260Principles of Wildlife Management 3
Select one from the following: 3
Senior Honors Thesis  
Public Speaking  
LIFE 320Ecology 3
MATH 155 or 160Calculus for Biological Scientists I (GT-MA1)
Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)
1B,1B4
STAT 301 or 307Introduction to Statistical Methods
Introduction to Biostatistics
 3
Arts and Humanities3B3
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
 Total Credits 30-31
Summer 
NR 220Natural Resource Ecology and Measurements 5
 Total Credits 5
Junior
 
Select one group from the following: 4
Group A:
  
Applied and General Entomology  
Entomology Laboratory: General  
Group B:
  
Aquatic Insects  
Group C:
  
Animal Biology-Invertebrates  
Select two courses or course pair for 6-7 credits not taken elsewhere from the following: 6-7
Animal Biology-Vertebrates  
Herpetology  
Mammalogy  
Ornithology  
Biology and Diversity of Fishes  
Select one Plant Biology course from the following: 3-4
Plant Identification  
Aquatic Vascular Plants  
Plant Systematics  
Introductory Phycology  
Plant Ecology  
Forest and Rangeland Ecogeography  
Forest Ecology  
Forest Vegetation Management  
Select one course from the following: 3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Education (GT-CO3)2 
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)2 
FW 370Design of Fish and Wildlife Projects4A,4B3
Select one course from the following: 4
Geospatial Applications in Natural Resources  
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems  
NR 320Natural Resources History and Policy3D3
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
 Total Credits 29-31
Senior
 
Select one Aquatic Biology course or course pair not taken elsewhere from the following: 3-4
Aquatic Insects  
Marine Biology  
Stream Biology and Ecology  
Limnology  
Biology and Diversity of Fishes  
Conservation of Fish in Aquatic Ecosystems  
Fishery Science  
Fish Culture  
Fish Physiology  
Select one Wildlife Course not taken elsewhere from the following: 3-4
Field Wildlife Studies  
Principles of Conservation Biology  
Managing Human-Wildlife Conflicts  
Wildlife Disease Ecology  
Conservation and Management of Large Mammals  
Wildlife Data Collection and Analysis4C 
Issues in Animal Conservation and Management  
Conservation Decision Making  
Wildlife Habitat Use and Management  
Ecotoxicology  
Travel Abroad-Wildlife Ecology/Conservation  
FW *** Travel Abroad upper-division course5
  
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Fishery Science4C 
Wildlife Data Collection and Analysis4C 
Select one course from the following: 3
Principles of Conservation Biology  
Issues in Animal Conservation and Management  
Select one Ecosystem Course not taken elsewhere from the following: 3
Forest and Rangeland Ecogeography  
Forest Ecology  
Fire Effects and Adaptations  
Wildland Fire Behavior and Management  
Wildlife Habitat Use and Management  
Sustainable Watersheds3A 
Biological Diversity  
Forest Vegetation Management  
Coastal Environmental Ecology  
Applications in Conservation Planning  
Open Space and Natural Area Management  
Ecological Restoration  
Land Use Hydrology  
Land Use and Water Quality  
Select two Human Dimensions courses not taken elsewhere from the following: 6
American Environmental History  
Public Relations in Natural Resources  
Social Aspects of Natural Resource Management  
Environmental Governance  
Applications in Environmental Communication  
Ethics of Sustainability  
Environmental Ethics  
U.S. Environmental Politics and Policy  
Population-Natural Resources and Environment  
Introduction to Environmental Justice  
Society and Environment  
Water, Society, and Environment  
Technical elective6 3-4
Elective7 1-2
 Total Credits 22-27
 Program Total Credits: 120-121
1

Students taking this biology selection should choose a botany-related course in the department elective options to meet the botany/plant course requirements for certain federal positions related to wildlife, fisheries, and/or conservation biology.

2

Students may need to obtain a registration override from the appropriate department to take this course.

3

Students in the Honors Track 1 program must take HONR 499.

4

FW 300 and FW 301 count together as one selection in this choice.

5

Restricted to FW subject code, department travel abroad courses, taught by FWCB faculty. No transfer or substitute courses will be accepted.

6

Technical electives are courses intended to expand a student's depth and breadth in wildlife biology and include any 300- or 400-level regular course with a BC, BMS, BSPM, BZ, CHEM, ESS, F, FW, GES, MATH, MIP, NR, NRRT, PH, RS, SOCR, STAT, or WR subject code (excluding courses ending in -80 to -99); SOCR 240; other course with prior approval by department and advisor.  Courses may not double-count as Technical Electives and for other requirements in the major.  

7

Select enough elective credits to bring the program total to a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level).

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:The curriculum for the Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology major – Wildlife Biology concentration assumes students enter college prepared to take calculus.  Students who have not met the prerequisites for calculus, will be required to successfully complete the prerequisites in their first year.  A minimum grade of C (2.000) is required in all biological, mathematical/ statistical, physical science, fish, wildlife, and conservation biology, and natural resource courses used to meet graduation requirements for the fish, wildlife, and conservation biology major. The minimum applies to courses taken as substitutions for meeting degree requirements. NR 220 is a summer course in which students reside at CSU’s Mountain Campus. Students must choose ONE of two CHEM + PH paths: (Path A) CHEM 107/CHEM 108 and PH 121/PH 122 or (Path B) CHEM 111, CHEM 112, CHEM 113, CHEM 114 and PH 110/PH 111. Students must also choose ONE biology group A) BZ 110/BZ 111/BZ 120 or B) LIFE 102/LIFE 103.

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)  1A3
Select one group from the following:X  4
Group A:    
Principles of Animal Biology (GT-SC2)  3A 
Animal Biology Laboratory (GT-SC1)  3A 
Group B:    
Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)  3A 
Select one path from the following:X  5
Path A:    
General Physics I (GT-SC1)  3A 
Path B:    
General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)  3A 
General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)  3A 
FW 104Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (GT-SC2)  3A3
MATH 117, MATH 118, and MATH 124 must be completed by the end of Semester 1. X   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:X  4
Principles of Plant Biology (GT-SC1)  3A 
Biology of Organisms-Animals and Plants    
Select one path from the following:X  8-10
Path A:    
Fundamentals of Chemistry (GT-SC2)  3A 
Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (GT-SC1)  3A 
General Physics II (GT-SC1)  3A 
Path B:    
General Chemistry II    
General Chemistry Lab II    
Descriptive Physics (GT-SC2)  3A 
Descriptive Physics Laboratory (GT-SC1)  3A 
Arts and Humanities  3B3
CO 150, AUCC 1B (MATH) and MATH 125 must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15-17
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BZ 223Plant Identification   3
CHEM 245Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry   4
CHEM 246Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Laboratory   1
FW 260Principles of Wildlife Management X 3
Select one course from the following:X  4
Calculus for Biological Scientists I (GT-MA1)  1B 
Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)  1B 
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
LIFE 320Ecology X 3
Select one course from the following:   3
Senior Honors Thesis    
Public Speaking    
Select one course from the following: X 3
Introduction to Statistical Methods    
Introduction to Biostatistics    
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Social and Behavioral Sciences  3C3
FW 260 must be completed by the end of Semester 4.X   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
NR 220Natural Resource Ecology and MeasurementsX  5
 Total Credits   5
Junior
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   4
Geospatial Applications in Natural Resources    
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems    
Select one course from the following: X 3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Education (GT-CO3)  2 
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)  2 
Select one group from the following: X 4
Group A:    
Applied and General Entomology    
Entomology Laboratory: General    
Group B:    
Aquatic Insects    
Group C:    
Animal Biology-Invertebrates    
Select one course from the following:   3
Mammalogy    
Natural Resources History and Policy  3D 
STAT 301 or STAT 307 and LIFE 320 must be completed by the end of Semester 6.X   
 Total Credits   14
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
FW 370Design of Fish and Wildlife Projects X4A,4B3
Select one course from the following:   3
Ornithology    
Natural Resources History and PolicyX 3D 
Select one group from the following:   3-4
Group A:    
Animal Biology-Vertebrates    
Group B:    
Herpetology    
Group C:    
Mammalogy    
Group D:    
Ornithology    
Group E:    
Biology and Diversity of Fishes    
Ichthyology Laboratory    
Select one course from the following:   3-4
Introduction to Evolution    
Population and Evolutionary Genetics    
Molecular and General Genetics    
Principles of Genetics    
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
 Total Credits   15-17
Senior
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
FW 471Wildlife Data Collection and Analysis X4C4
Wildlife Elective (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   3-4
Ecosystem Management Elective (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   3-4
Upper Division Technical Elective (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   3
BSPM 302 / BSMP 303A, or BSPM 445, or BZ 212, and FW 370 must be completed by the end of Semester 8.X   
 Total Credits   13-14
Semester 9CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Human Dimensions Elective (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)X  3-4
Upper Division Technical Elective (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)X  3-4
Biology or Botany Elective (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)X  3-4
ElectiveX  0-3
The benchmark courses for the 9th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   9-13
 Program Total Credits:   120-121