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. 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 8 credits in Physics. The remaining credit hours will be completed with courses from the general education offerings, including several courses in math and communication.
Students are expected to earn a C grade or better in core biology and chemistry courses before moving on to subsequent courses.
|Wildlife Science Core||66|
|Designated Electives **||12|
|Senior Capstone Internship||3|
|Foundations of Biology I||4|
|BIO 220||Wildlife Management||3|
|General Chemistry I||4|
|COM 122||English Composition||3|
|UNIV 101||College Success||(1)|
|Foundations of Biology II||4|
|General Chemistry II||4|
|MA 241||Calculus and Analytical Geometry I||4|
|BIO 309||Principles of Ecology||4|
|COM 221||Technical Report Writing||3|
|CS 118||Fundamentals of Computer Programming||3|
|BA 201||Principles of Management||3|
|Natural History of the Region||4|
|GEO 210||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems||3|
|Introductory Physics I||4|
|SS 210||Introduction to Sociology||3|
or PSY 101
|Introduction to Psychology|
|BIO 420||Wildlife Management Techniques||3|
|Introductory Physics II||4|
|SS 110||World History||3|
|BIO 312||Plant Identification||3|
|EC 200||An Economic Survey||3|
|MA 222||Business Statistics||3|
|SIS 200||Introduction to the U.S. Legal System||3|
|BIO 313||Riparian Ecology||3|
|SS 320||Government of the U.S.||3|
|SS 360||Environmental Law||3|
|HU 330||Values and Ethics||3|
|BIO 490||Senior Seminar||3|
|Complete 12 credits from the following list, at least 6 credits must be upper level:||12|
|BA 308||Public Administration||3|
and Microbiology Laboratory
|BIO 330||Environmental Consulting||3|
|BIO 403||Wildlife and Airports||3|
|Molecular and Cell Biology|
and Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory
|Forensic DNA Analysis|
and Forensic DNA Analysis Laboratory
|Organic Chemistry I|
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
|Organic Chemistry II|
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
and Biochemistry Laboratory
|EC 316||Environmental Economics and Policy||3|
|GEO 310||Advanced Geographic Information Systems||3|
|MA 242||Calculus and Analytical Geometry II||4|
|MA 243||Calculus and Analytical Geometry III||4|
|MA 345||Differential Equations and Matrix Methods||4|
University 101 is taken in excess of degree requirements.
The Designated Elective requirement may be substituted with a minor.
Students must enroll in the co-requisite zero credit lab PS 114L.
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In a collaboration between Embry-Riddle’s new Forensic Biology and Wildlife Science programs, an Embry-Riddle undergraduate has tested field research methods to demonstrate a cheaper, more efficient and less invasive way of identifying and assessing wildlife communities. The project involved drawing water samples out of the Verde River in Arizona’s central highlands and analyzing the DNA present in those samples using sophisticated sequencing methods.