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The wildlife program prepares students for professional careers in wildlife research, management and education. Students apply biological, ecological, economic and social knowledge to develop and administer wildlife management plans. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science degree. This Department of Forestry and Natural Resources curriculum has common core requirements with the fisheries and aquatic sciences, forestry, and natural resources curricula. Emphasis is on the sustainable management of natural resource systems — focusing on forests, watersheds, and associated flora and fauna to meet the needs of society.

Credit Hours Required: 134 (See Core Graduation Requirements for Additional Information.)

Freshman Year
First Semester
Second Semester
(0.5) AGR 10100 (Introduction to the College of Agriculture and Purdue University)(4) BTNY 11000 (Introduction to Plant Science)
(0.5) AGR 11900 (Introduction to Forestry and Natural Resources Academic Programs)(3) CHM 11200 (General Chemistry)
(4) BIOL 11000 (Fundamentals of Biology I)(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)
(3) CHM 11100 (General Chemistry)(3) FNR 10300 (Introduction to Environmental Conservation)
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition)(3) MA 22400 (Introductory Analysis II)
(3) MA 22300 (Introductory Analysis I)
(15) (16)

Sophomore Year
Third Semester
Fourth Semester
(3) FNR 22500 (Dendrology)(3) AGRY 27000 (Forest Soils)
(3) FNR 24100 (Ecology and Systematics of Fishes and Mammals)(2) BIOL 28600 (Introduction to Ecology and Evolution)
(1) FNR 24200 (Laboratory in Ecology and Systematics of Fishes and Mammals)(3) FNR 21000 (Natural Resource Information Management)
(3) STAT 30100 (Elementary Statistical Methods)(3) FNR 25100 (Ecology and Systematics of Amphibians, Reptiles and Birds)
(3) Microeconomics selective(1) FNR 25200 (Laboratory in Ecology and Systematics of Amphibians, Reptiles and Birds)
(3) Social science or humanities selective(3) FNR 34800 (Wildlife Investigational Techniques)
(16) (15)

Summer Semester
(2) FNR 37000 (Natural Resources Practicum)
(4) FNR 37300 (Wildlife Practicum)

Junior Year

Fifth Semester
Sixth Semester
(3) FNR 33100 (Forest Ecosystems)(3) FNR 34100 (Wildlife Habitat Management)
(3) FNR 36500 (Natural Resources Issues, Policy and Administration)(3) FNR 37500 (Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management)
(3) FNR 40600 (Natural Resource and Environmental Economics)(3) Social science or humanities selective
(2) Botany selective(3) Wildlife selective
(2) Ecotoxicology or wildlife disease selective(6) Electives
(3) Written or oral communication selective
(16) (18)

Senior Year
Seventh Semester
Eighth Semester
(4) FNR 44700 (Vertebrate Population Dynamics)(3) FNR 30500 (Conservation Genetics)
(1) FNR 47000 (Fundamentals of Planning)(3) FNR 40800 (Natural Resources Planning)
(3) Ethics selective(3) Social science or humanities selective
(3) Humanities selective(3) Wildlife selective
(6) Electives(3) Elective
(17) (15)