Wildlife Resources

Degree Offered

  • Associate of Arts

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the four-year program, the student is prepared for professional positions such as wildlife and fish biologists, wildlife managers, planners of wildlife conservation programs, and wildlife communication specialists. Students obtain a diverse background in biology, ecology, and natural resource management.

Admissions Requirements

Entering freshmen are admitted directly into the major.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

GEF Elective Requirements (6)3
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3
College Algebra 5-Day
College Algebra 4-Day
College Algebra 3-Day
STAT 211Elementary Statistical Inference3
BIOL 115Principles of Biology (GEF 2)4
or BIOL 101
BIOL 103
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
BIOL 117Introductory Physiology4
or BIOL 102
BIOL 104
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 8)4
or CHEM 111 Survey of Chemistry
FOR 101Careers in Natural Resources Management 1 (eq. WVUe 191)1
CSAD 270Effective Public Speaking (GEF 4)3
AGEE 110Microcomputer Applications in Agricultural Education3
AGRN 202
AGRN 203
Principles of Soil Science
and Principles of Soil Science Laboratory
FMAN 212Forest Ecology3
FOR 140West Virginia's Natural Resources3
FOR 203Careers in Natural Resources Management 21
FOR 205Dendrology3
WMAN 150Principles of Conservation Ecology (GEF 7)3
PLSC 206Principles of Plant Science4
or MATH 150 Applied Calculus
Physical Science Elective4
Survey of Chemistry
Fundamentals of Chemistry
Planet Earth
and Planet Earth Laboratory
Environmental Geoscience
and Environmental Geoscience Laboratory
Introductory Physics
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3BIOL 117 or 102 and 1044
 CSAD 270 (GEF 4)3
 WMAN 150 (GEF 7)3
 Physical Science Elective4
BIOL 115 or 101 and 103 (GEF 2)4 
CHEM 115 or 111 (GEF 8)4 
FOR 101 (eq. WVUe 191)1 
 15 17
Second Year
FOR 1403AGRN 202
AGRN 203
FOR 2031AGEE 1103
FOR 2053FMAN 2123
PLSC 2064GEF 6 (LARC 212 Recommended)3
STAT 211 (GEF 8)3 
 15 13
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals

wildlife resources

  • Comprehend the historical importance of wildlife and fisheries management, and the role contemporary agencies play in wildlife management in the United States.
  • Demonstrate expertise on the life-history characteristics of game and non-game wildlife.
  • Explain and employ commonly used wildlife management principles, methods, and techniques.
  • Demonstrate laboratory, computer and quantitative skills relevant to wildlife science.



  • Dr. Heidi B. Samuels - Ed.D.
    West Virginia University

Associate professor

  • Jeff Jones - M.S. Forestry
    West Virginia University