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Biological Sciences—Wildlife and Conservation Biology Major (B.S.)

Program Overview

The Wildlife and Conservation Biology track is designed for students who are interested in careers that require course qualifications for state and federal civil service registers as ecologist, wildlife biologist, wildlife refuge manager, zoologist, and general biologist. The program also provides training for students planning to go to graduate school in ecology, behavior, evolutionary biology, and wildlife biology or an allied discipline, such as conservation biology, mammalogy, ornithology, herpetology and ichthyology. Many Wildlife Biology students also obtain the Environmental Studies or the Geographic Information Science Certificate. For federal job and employment information, check the following website:  https://www.usajobs.gov or https://wfscjobs.tamu.edu/job-board/.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

In the past, Biological Sciences had a very strong admission requirement of a PL1-level math placement. With the implementation of the test-optional admission pathway, this requirement is no longer in place. However, achievement of PL1-level math placement can be a good indicator of strong preparation in math. After admission to Ohio University, students may transfer into a Biological Sciences major if they have earned a grade of "C" or better in both BIOS 1700 and BIOS 1705 and have a minimum accumulative GPA of 2.5 at Ohio University.

Change of Program Policy

Current Ohio University students who would like to declare one of the Biology majors must have a minimum Math ACT subscore of 20; equivalent Math SAT subscore (490 on tests taken prior to March 2016 or 520 on tests taken March 2016 or later); a minimum Ohio University math placement score of PL1; or a grade of "C" or better in equivalent courses to both BIOS 1700 and BIOS 1705 with a minimum accumulative Ohio University GPA of 2.5.

External Transfer Admission

Transfer students who would like to declare one of the Biology majors must have a minimum Math ACT subscore of 20; equivalent Math SAT subscore (490 on tests taken prior to March 2016 or 520 on tests taken March 2016 or later); a minimum Ohio University math placement score of PL1; or a grade of "C" or better in the equivalent courses to both BIOS 1700 and BIOS 1705 with a minimum accumulative GPA of 2.5 from their previous institution.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Graduates of this program meet the course qualifications for state and federal civil service registers as ecologist, wildlife biologist, wildlife refuge manager, zoologist, and general biologist. This program also provides training for students planning to go to graduate school in ecology, behavior, evolutionary biology, and wildlife biology or an allied discipline, such as conservation biology, mammalogy, ornithology, herpetology and ichthyology.

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Academic Catalog

The academic catalog provides additional information about curriculum and courses for this major.
Academic Catalog

Program Details

Degree
Bachelor of Science
Code
BS2522

Contact

Administrative Contact

Robert Colvin, contact person
Colvin@ohio.edu