The Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Science degree at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott Campus is a one-of-a-kind program focused on wildlife management, behavior, ecology, population studies and how they affect the aviation world and our urban environment. Students will learn all that is required to become an accredited wildlife biologist through The Wildlife Society, and will have the foundation necessary to continue their studies in a graduate program or in veterinary school.
Pursuing a B.S. in Wildlife Science at ERAU means a student will be enrolled in the only undergraduate wildlife degree program in North America with a focus on the aviation environment.
Wildlife Science students will be able to work with the national database and website for the FAA dedicated to the areas of wildlife mitigation, bird strikes, and their effects on airports and airline safety. Students enrolled in this program will be part of a team of experts that has had and will continue to have an impact in wildlife science.
Gain a solid foundation in science through courses in biology, chemistry, and physics — all of which have accompanying hands-on lab components. As part of the ERAU family, students are encouraged to participate in internships and co-operative learning experiences that will bring value to resumes and connect students to potential employers.
The Wildlife Science program at ERAU is designed to give graduates the knowledge and technical skills needed to confront wildlife issues that affect natural resources and human-wildlife conflicts at airports which affects flight safety.
With hands-on fieldwork opportunities, graduates from the program are sought after by reputable agencies, transportation departments, airports, airplane manufacturers, and entities dedicated to wildlife research.
With more than 13,000 wildlife strikes reported per year in the U.S. alone, aircraft and airport wildlife issues have captured national media attention and illuminated the risk of unmitigated wildlife.
Students who have interests in wildlife biology, natural resources, and working in the outdoors should explore this growing, rewarding, and promising career field.
Housed in the Department of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Wildlife Science program at ERAU’s Prescott Campus provides graduates with the knowledge and technical skills needed to confront the wildlife issues.
Core curriculum and program requirements in Wildlife Science are designed to give students fundamental science knowledge and demonstrate the ways in which business, economics, and geography integrate with environmental aspects of their future careers.
Wildlife Science students will gain hands-on experience through the completion of a co-op in the wildlife biology, airport and/or environmental industry. Students also have the option of completing independent research under faculty guidance in a special area of interest.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Science (WS) will provide a solid foundation in science, which will be achieved through courses in biology, chemistry, and physics . All courses have accompanying hands-on laboratory components and an internship/co-op is highly recommended between junior and senior years. Upon completion of the program, students will have all of the necessary coursework to become accredited wildlife biologists through The Wildlife Society. According to The Wildlife Society, “Holding one of these certificates places you in a category distinct from other wildlife professionals due to the integrity of the organization and the high standards of the certification process. You earn credibility and respect, which offers you an added advantage when applying for jobs, in public forums, and in legal proceedings.”
Students will also have all of the prerequisites to continue their education in graduate or veterinary school.
The Wildlife Science program requires 120 credits to complete. Students in the program will complete 40 credit hours in biology, 8 credit hours in chemistry, and 7 credits in Physics. The remaining credit hours will be completed with courses from the general education offerings, including several courses in math and communication.
|BIO 104||Foundations of Biology I||4|
|BIO 105||Foundations of Biology II||4|
|CHM 105||General Chemistry I||4|
|CHM 106||General Chemistry II||4|
|COM 122||English Composition||3|
|HU 14X Lower Level||3|
|MA 220||Quantitative Methods II||3|
|PSY 101||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|UNIV 101||College Success *||(1)|
|BA 201||Principles of Management||3|
|BIO 220||Wildlife Management||3|
|COM 222||Business Communication||3|
or COM 221
|Technical Report Writing|
|IT 109||Introduction to Computers and Applications||3|
or CS 118
|Fundamentals of Computer Programming|
|PS 113||Introductory Physics I||3|
|PS 114||Introductory Physics II||4|
|SS 110||World History||3|
|BIO 309||Principles of Ecology||3|
|BIO 312||Plant Identification||3|
|MA 222||Business Statistics||3|
|SIS 200||Introduction to the U.S. Legal System||3|
|BA 408||Airport Management||3|
|BIO 400||Molecular and Cell Biology||4|
|BIO 403||Wildlife and Airports||3|
|HU 330||Values and Ethics||3|
|SIS 411||Procedural Laws and Evidence||3|
|SS 320||Government of the U.S.||3|
|Choose 3 of the following:||9-12|
|BIO 142||Intro to Environmental Science||3|
|BIO 240||Natural History of the Region||4|
|CHM 200||Organic Chemistry I||4|
|CHM 201||Organic Chemistry II||4|
|SS 360||Environmental Law||3|
|WX 321||Atmospheric Environmental Studies||3|
University 101 is taken in excess of degree requirements or meets open elective credit
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