2022-2023 Course Catalog

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Bachelor of Science in Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Fish Conservation Major with Marine Fisheries Conservation Option

Program Curriculum

Minimum hours for degree is 120. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for all work applied to the major

Degree Core Requirements
BIOL 1115Principles of Biology Laboratory1
BIOL 1116Principles of Biology Laboratory1
BIOL 2704Evolutionary Biology3
FIW 2114Principles of Fish and Wildlife Conservation3
FIW 4414Population Dynamics and Estimation3
FIW 4464Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife3
Select one of the following:4
Conservation of Biological Diversity (Wildlife Majors)
Fisheries Management
Select one of the following:
NR 1234First Year Experience In Natural Resources and Environment2-3
or NR 2234 1st Semester Experience-Transfer Students in Natural Resources and Environment
Major Requirements
BIOL 2804Ecology3
FIW 3514Fisheries Techniques3
FIW 4424Ichthyology4
FIW 4614Fish Ecology3
Geographic Information Systems Restricted Elective
Select one of the following:3
Information Technologies for Natural Resource Management
Forest Photogrammetry and Spatial Data Processing
Principles of Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to Remote Sensing
GEOS 3034Oceanography3
Additional Degree Requirements
CHEM 1035General Chemistry3
CHEM 1036General Chemistry3
CHEM 1045General Chemistry Laboratory1
CHEM 1046General Chemistry Laboratory1
Experiential Learning Requirement
Select one of the following: (requires department approval)1
Independent Study
Undergraduate Research
Internship Through Directed Field Study
Independent Study
Undergraduate Research
3954 Study Abroad
Legal Foundation Restricted Elective
Select one of the following:3
Environmental Law
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Policy
Natural Resource Policy
Introduction to Environmental Policy and Planning
Law of Critical Environmental Areas
Writing Restricted Elective
Select one of the following:3
Communicating Ag and Life Sciences in Writing
Technical Writing
Business Writing
Option Required Courses
FIW/FREC 4324Genetics of Natural and Mangaged Populations3
FIW 4624Marine Ecology3
STAT 3616Biological Statistics3
Select approved marine science courses at a collaborating institution (minimum of 10 credits)10
Free Electives
Select free electives to total 120 credits1-2
Pathways to General Education
Pathways Concept 1 - Discourse
ENGL 1105First-Year Writing (1F)3
ENGL 1106First-Year Writing (1F)3
ALCE 3634Communicating Ag and Life Sciences in Speaking (1A)3
or COMM 2004 Public Speaking
Pathways Concept 2 - Critical Thinking in the Humanities
Select three credits in Pathway 23
Select one of the following:3
Leadership for Global Sustainability
Morality and Justice
Global Ethics
Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences
Select three credits in Pathway 33
Select one of the following:3
Economics of the Food and Fiber System
Economics of the Food and Fiber System
Principles of Economics
Principles of Economics
Pathways Concept 4 - Reasoning in the Natural Sciences
BIOL 1105Principles of Biology3
BIOL 1106Principles of Biology3
Pathways Concept 5 - Quantitative and Computational Thinking
Select one of the following:6
Elementary Calculus (5F)
Calculus of a Single Variable
Elementary Calculus (5F)
Calculus of a Single Variable
STAT 3615Biological Statistics (5A)3
Pathways Concept 6 - Critique and Practice in Design and the Arts
Select three credits in Pathway 6a3
Select three credits in Pathway 6d3
Pathways Concept 7 - Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States
Select three credits in Pathway 73
Total Credits119-121


  1. University Requirements—Foreign Language Policy
    A sequence of two (2) foreign language courses is required for graduation unless two (2) high school units of the same foreign language or six (6) transfer credit hours of foreign language have been earned. These credits do not count toward graduation. See catalog section on “Graduation Requirements”.
  2. Major Requirements:
    To earn a B.S. degree in Fish Conservation, a student must pass the following courses, or their equivalents, with a grade of C - or betterBIOL 1105 Principles of BiologyBIOL 1106 Principles of BiologyBIOL 1115 Principles of Biology LaboratoryBIOL 1116 Principles of Biology LaboratoryCHEM 1035 General ChemistryCHEM 1036 General ChemistryCHEM 1045 General Chemistry LaboratoryCHEM 1046 General Chemistry LaboratoryMATH 1026 Elementary Calculus or MATH 1226 Calculus of a Single Variable, and FIW 2114 Principles of Fish and Wildlife Conservation.

    There are no hidden prerequisites on this check sheet; however, course requirements may change over time, and students should always check for prerequisites for classes they select.

    Students should consult www.fishwild.vt.edu/experiential_learning.html for more details on how to fulfill the experiential learning requirement. Note that you will not receive credit for your experiential learning until all the documents related to the experience are completed and submitted, in addition to being registered for the experience. Students enrolling in FIW 2974 Independent StudyFIW 3964 Internship Through Directed Field Study, or FIW 4974 Independent Study should use the P/F option; FIW 2994 Undergraduate ResearchFIW 4994 Undergraduate Research and XXXX 3954 may be taken P/F or A/F.

    To remain in good standing, a student must achieve and maintain an overall and in-major cumulative GPA of at least 2.0. Courses used for the in-major GPA computation include all those designated as FIW, FREC, GEOG, NR, and SBIO. To graduate, a student must achieve an overall and in-major cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.
  3. In accordance with university guidelines, courses satisfying degree core requirements may not be double counted to satisfy other areas of a degree (e.g., Pathways).
  4. Satisfactory Progress
    By the end of the semester in which they have attempted 60 hours (including transfer, advanced placement, advanced standing, and credit by examination), students must pass the courses listed in item number 2 above (or their equivalents).

Foreign Language Requirements

No Credits Count Toward the Degree

Complete an 1105-1106 foreign language (e.g., FR, GR, SPAN) grouping or the equivalent.