Auburn Bulletin 2023-2024

Wildlife Ecology and Management (WLDE)

The Wildlife Ecology and Management (WLDE) degree program provides a broad biological education that is specifically designed to meet the needs of students interested in careers involving wildlife ecology, management, and conservation. Graduates are employed with state or federal wildlife agencies, environmental consulting firms, private conservation organizations, and private land management companies. Because many jobs require a master’s degree, the program is designed to prepare students for graduate studies in wildlife ecology and management.

BIOL 1020 Principles of Biology
   & BIOL 1021 Principles of Biology Laboratory
4History or Social Science13
History13ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
WILD 2050 Wildlife Conservation History and Law*,33Fine Arts3
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3BIOL 1030 Organismal Biology
   & BIOL 1031 Organismal Biology Laboratory
FOWS 1010 Introduction to Renewable Natural Resources31Social Science3
 14 16
Physical Science Elective4BIOL 3030 Evolution and Systematics3
WILD 3280 Wildlife Ecology, Conservation, and Management or 3287 Honors Wildlife Ecology, Conservation, and Management*,33CHEM 1040 Fundamental Chemistry II3
CHEM 1030 Fundamentals Chemistry I3CHEM 1041 Fundamental Chemistry II Laboratory1
MATH 1610 Calculus I4BIOL 3060 Ecology4
CHEM 1031 Fundamental Chemistry I Laboratory1Literature or Humanities13
 15 14
ENGL 3040 Technical Writing3Social Sciences3WILD 4910 Wildlife Sciences Summer Practicum*,38
STAT 2510 Statistics for Biological and Health Sciences3COMM 1000 Public Speaking43 
Taxon-specific Elective4WILD 4400 Problem Solving in Wildlife Sciences*,32 
FORY 3100 Dendrology23Literature13 
 WILD 5750 Analysis for Environmental and Health Sciences*,34 
 13 15 8
WILD 5280 Avian Ecology and Management*,32FOWS 5270 Natural Resource Policy*,33
WILD 4340 Conservation Genetics*,33WILD 5290 Mammalian Ecology and Management*,32
Taxon-specific Elective4BIOL 5140 Plant Ecology4
WILD 5880 Wildlife Habitat Assessment and Management*,34UNIV 4AA0 Achieve the Creed0
 WILD 4890 Wildlife Population Science*,33
 Natural Resource Elective/ROTC3
 13 15
Total Hours: 123

Student must complete a sequence in either Literature or History.


Systematic Botany (BIOL 5120 - 4 hours in spring) may be substituted for Dendrology.


These courses are part of the WLDE major and must be completed with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better


 Environmental Interpretation (FOWS 2010) may replace COMM 1000. However, an additional humanities core must then also be taken.

Courses with an asterisk (*) must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.