WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES
Associate of Science Degree (A.S.) (93 credits)
Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) (186 to 187 credits)
Associate of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries
The Wildlife and Fisheries curriculum provides the opportunity to study the biology, ecology, management and conservation of wildlife, fish and their habitats. In this program students may choose to emphasize in wildlife or fisheries based on choice of electives. Students will gain a basic and technical understanding of biology, ecology and natural resource management issues at the two-year level. Students that proceed on to the 4-year degree will achieve a greater theoretical and conceptual understanding of biology, ecology, management and research. Students completing the bachelor’s degree are required to complete an undergraduate senior thesis that demonstrates the knowledge they have gained in their undergraduate education. Upon completion of the Bachelor’s degree, students are prepared for a variety of natural resource careers or for graduate school.
Completion of the Associate of Science Degree will provide students a basic background in biological sciences. Students will have the knowledge and skills required for a variety of entry-level positions in natural resources. Students will also have a strong foundation for continuing on to a Bachelor’s of Science Degree.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Associate of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries, students will:
- Explain the presence and distribution of plants and animals based on a basic understanding of biological and physical sciences.
- Understand wildlife and fish populations, habitats, communities and ecosystems.
- Demonstrate basic knowledge of methods and techniques used for biological and physical field measurement and monitoring.
- Communicate information about natural resource issues within cultural, regional and global contexts.
- Use critical thinking methods to analyze and respond to fish, wildlife and habitat conservation issues.
Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries
A student must receive a “C” or better in all required courses while maintaining an overall grade point average of 2.0 to graduate. Students transferring to the B.S. program after completing an Associate of Science degree in resource-related program at another tribal college may substitute equivalent courses within the first two years of the degree plan. Students must have completed all basic math and sciences courses. Although students will be introduced to a broad range of techniques and concepts, each student may specialize through his/her choice of electives offered, field problems and internship.
Completion of the Bachelor’s of Science Degree will prepare the student to enter graduate school. This degree program will also provide the student with the skills necessary to work for Native American, federal and state governments, non-profit organizations, consultants and other employers in natural resources fields. Students following this degree program can meet federal agency hiring standards for biology, ecology, zoology, fish and wildlife job series; as well as educational requirements for certification by The Wildlife Society.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences, a student will, in addition to the goals listed for the Associate of Science, be able to:
- Demonstrate broad-based theoretical, technological and practical knowledge of biological and ecological sciences, taxonomy and conservation.
- Construct and conduct wildlife, fish and habitat monitoring and research projects using a variety of techniques.
- Use quantitative and communication skills to analyze and report on wildlife, fish and habitat data.
- Compare and contrast the economic and political systems of Native American governments with those agencies that interact with reservations.
- Understand the laws and policies that influence natural resource management and conservation.
- Complete an individual research project related to a wildlife, fish or habitat management issue.