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The Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Major

Since Fall 2012, undergraduate students who enter the Wildlife major choose one of two specializations - the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation specialization or the Preprofessional specialization. Distinctions between these two specializations are explained below:

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Specialization

Students in this specialization train in the biological, social, physical, and management sciences, and excel at both the scientific and human dimensions of managing wildlife and natural resources. With appropriate choices of electives and course options graduates satisfy requirements to apply for certification as an Associate Wildlife Biologist with The Wildlife Society.

This specialization provides students with the flexibility to design their undergraduate degree program towards specific educational and career goals. Students are responsible for consulting with their WEC faculty advisor and the WEC Student Services Office to select nine Common Course Requirements and four courses from a designated Focus Area, in addition to meeting universal tracking requirements, general education requirements, Gordon Rule requirements, College requirements for advanced technical writing and advanced oral communication, and mandatory WEC major-specific requirements.

For additional details, see Fall 2014 Advising Sheet for Specialization: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation.

Students must also complete a Fall 2014 New Curriculum Common Course Requirements and Focus Course Plan - by the end of the semester in which they have earned 60 hours.

Preprofessional Specialization

This specialization satisfies the course work requirements for admission to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida. Some students may also satisfy requirements for certification as an Associate Wildlife Biologist with The Wildlife Society. Note: no changes were made to this specialization for Fall 2012, except for the addition of WIS 2920 Wildlife Colloquium. Courses reflect current requirements for admission to most national veterinary programs.

For additional details, see Fall 2014 Advising Sheet for Specialization: Preprofessional.