The Wildlife Conservation POE is designed to provide students with both the practical skills and the theoretical knowledge necessary to work as a professional in the field of wildlife conservation, using a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of wild animals and their habitats. Students have the option of selecting from a variety of courses offered at Juniata, including wildlife biology and management, zoology, botany, chemistry, and mathematics.

The specific requirements of the Wildlife Conservation POE are listed below.  Substitutions require permission of the wildlife advisors:

Wildlife Conservation

Department: Environmental Science and Studies

(This POE applies to students entering fall 2016)

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Required Courses

Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
ESS 100 Environmental Systems I
3
 
N
 
ESS 110 Environmental Systems II
3
 
N
CW
ESS 401 Senior Capstone (Wildlife)
3
Senior in ESS
NS
 
BI 105 Biological Diversity and Ecology
3
 
N
 
BI 121 Biology Lab I
1
corequisite BI 105
N
QS
BI 300 General Ecology
3
BI 105 & BI 121 or permission
N
 
BI 301 General Ecology Laboratory
1
corequisite BI 300
N
 
BI 360 Vertebrate Zoology
3
BI 105 Biology/Ecology related POE, corequisite BI 361

N
 
BI 361 Vertebrate Zoology Lab
2
corequisite BI 360
N
 
ESS 325 Conservation Biology
3
ESS 100 & BI 105
NS
 
ESS 224 Wildlife Management

3
ESS 100, BI 105 & BI 121
N
 
ESS 330 Geographical Information Systems
4
ESS 100    
MA 130 Calculus I
4
 
QM
 


4 credits of Plant Biology:

Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
BI 327 Botany 4  BI 105 N  
BI 325 Plant Ecology 2 BI 105, corequisite BI 326 N  
BI 326 Plant Ecology Lab 2 corequisite BI 325 N  
  Another plant course can be used if approved by a wildlife advisor.        


Two semesters of Chemistry:

Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
CH 142 Integrated Chemistry Principles I 3 corequisite CH 143 N  
CH 143 Integrated Chemistry Principles Lab I 1 corequisite CH 142 N  QS
CH 144 Integrated Chemistry Principles II 3 CH 142, minimum grade C N  
CH 145 Integrated Chemistry Principles Lab I 1 CH 142 & CH 143 N  QS


One semester of Physics with lab:

Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
PC 211 Environmental Physics 3 corequisite PC 211L N  QM
PC 211L Environmental Physics Lab 1 corequisite PC 211 N  
or          
PC 200 General Physics I 3 corequisite PC 200L N QM
PC 200L General Physics Lab I 1 corequisite PC 200 N  
or          
PC 202 Introductory Physics I 3 corequisite PC 202L & MA 130 N QM
PC 202L Introductory Physics Lab I 1 corequisite PC 202 N  


3 credits of Resource Policy/Management:

Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
ESS 324 Natural Resource Management 3  ESS 100, BI 105 & BI 121 N  
or          
ESS 337 Environmental Policy & Law 3 PS 101 & ESS 100 S  


One of the following courses in applied statistics is required:

Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
ESS 230 Environmetrics 3   N  QS
BI 305 Biostatistics 4 BI 106 or ESS 100 N  QS
MA 220 Probability and Statistics 4 MA 130 N  QS



Total credit hours = 59

Possible Schedule for POE

Raystown Field Station: The Raystown Field Station provides students with a unique setting to study and do research. Residential programs are available at the station each semester.  The curriculum offered during the spring semester is tailored to fit the needs of the Wildlife Conservation POE. Some possible schedules to incorporate the field station semester into your POE are listed here - for students entering as freshmen on an even year, and for students entering as freshmen on an odd year. The Station also offers a summer program that focuses on providing students with specialized zoology courses needed to certify as an associate wildlife biologist from The Wildlife Society. Details on the course offerings at the Station can be accessed at the official website of the Raystown Field Station.

Wildlife Certification: The Wildlife Society, the professional organization for wildlife educators, managers and others who work to study, conserve, and manage wildlife and its habitat. The Wildlife Society recognizes professional credentials through a certification process, and the details of this process can be accessed at the official Wildlife Society website.

Juniata College offers all of the courses required for certification as an Associate Wildlife Biologist.  Since the requirements for certification are more extensive than the Wildlife Conservation POE, it would require more planning to complete in 4 years.  To help with the planning, here is a possible schedule for certification.