Wildlife and Fisheries (BSc Program)

Kathy Lewis,Professor and Chair
Annie Booth, Professor
Philip Burton, Professor
Mark Dale, Professor
Russell Dawson, Professor
Michael Gillingham, Professor
Dezene Huber, Professor
Chris Johnson, Professor
Staffan Lindgren, Professor Emeritus
Eduardo Martins, Assistant Professor
Hugues Massicotte, Professor
Bill McGill, Professor
Ken Otter, Professor
Katherine Parker, Professor, and Ian McTaggart Cowan Muskwa Kechika Research Professor
Mark Shrimpton, Professor
Ché Elkin, Associate Professor, and FRBC/Slocan Mixed Wood Ecology Chair (Ecosystem Science and Management)
Scott Green, Associate Professor
Brent Murray, Associate Professor
Oscar Venter, Associate Professor, and Forest Renewal BC Endowed Chair in Growth and Yield and Forest Valuations
Lisa Poirier, Assistant Professor
Jenia Blair, Senior Lab Instructor
Saphida Migabo, Senior Lab Instructor
Roy Rea, Senior Lab Instructor
Susan Grainger, Adjunct Professor
Doug Heard, Adjunct Professor
Michael Jull, Adjunct Professor

The BSc in Wildlife and Fisheries provides students with a solid foundation in wildlife and fisheries
biology, with considerable indoor and outdoor laboratory experience. It exposes students to an
integrated approach to resource issues that confront today's professionals. The combination of
theoretical and applied ecology with practical labs and exercises in the Wildlife and Fisheries
degree gives students the background to pursue public- and private-sector employment in the
wildlife or fisheries professions as well as post-graduate studies. Students completing all courses in
the Wildlife and Fisheries degree meet the education requirements for eligibility as a Registered
Professional Biologist (RPBio) in BC.

Undergraduate students are required to take 21 Biology and Natural Resources Management courses (65-66 credit hours). Of these, 14 courses must be at the upper division level.


The minimum requirement for completion of a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries is 123 credit hours.

Program Requirements

Lower Division Requirements

100 Level

BIOL 103-3 Introductory Biology I
BIOL 104-3 Introductory Biology II
BIOL 123-1 Introductory Biology I Laboratory
BIOL 124-1 Introductory Biology II Laboratory
CHEM 100-3 General Chemistry I
CHEM 101-3 General Chemistry II
CHEM 120-1 General Chemistry Lab I
CHEM 121-1 General Chemistry Lab II
MATH 152-3 Calculus for Non-majors
NREM 100-3* Field Skills
NREM 101-3 Introduction to Natural Resources Management and Conservation
NRES 100-3 Communications in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies
     or ENGL 170-3 Writing and Communication Skills
PHYS 115-4 General Introduction to Physics
     or PHYS 100-4 Introduction to Physics I

*Note:  Applications for exemption from NREM 100-3 must be made within the first year of study in this degree.

200 Level
BIOL 201-3 Ecology
BIOL 210-3 Genetics
CHEM 220-3 Organic and Biochemistry
FSTY 201-3 Forest Plant Systems
     or BIOL 301-3
Systematic Botany 
FSTY 205-3 Introduction to Soil Science
Terrestrial Ecological Classification 
NREM 204-3 Introduction to Wildlife and Fisheries
STAT 240-3 Basic Statistics

Two of:
BIOL 202-3 Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL 204-3 Plant Biology
NREM 210-4 Integrated Resource Management
GEOG 210-3 Introduction to Earth Science

Upper Division Requirement

300 Level
BIOL 302-3 Limnology
BIOL 307-3 Ichthyology and Herpetology
BIOL 308-3 Ornithology and Mammalogy
BIOL 315-3 Animal Diseases and Parasites
BIOL 325-3 Ecological Analyses
ENPL 305-3 Environmental Impact Assessment
     or ENVS 326-3
Natural Resources, Environmental Issues and Public Engagement 
     or NREM 411-3 Environmental and Professional Ethics
GEOG 300-3 Geographic Information Systems
NREM 303-3 First Nations' Approaches to Resource Management
     or NREM 306-3 Society, Policy and Administration

400 Level
BIOL 402-3 Aquatic Plants
     or BIOL 404-3 Plant Ecology
BIOL 406-3 Fish Ecology
BIOL 410-3 Population and Community Ecology
BIOL 411-3 Conservation Biology
BIOL 412-3 Wildlife Ecology
BIOL 413-3 Wildlife Management
BIOL 414-3 Fisheries Management
NREM 400-4 Natural Resources Planning
     or NREM 333-3
Field Applications in Resource Management 
     or NREM 410-3 Watershed Management

Elective Requirement

Elective credit hours as necessary to ensure completion of a minimum of 123 credit hours.


BSc Honours - Wildlife and Fisheries

The Honours in Wildlife and Fisheries recognizes undergraduate students who both excel at their studies and who complete an undergraduate thesis (normally NRES 430-6).

To enter the Honours Program, students must have completed 60 credit hours and obtained a minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.33. Attaining the minimum GPA requirement does not guarantee entry into the Honours Program, which is at the discretion of the Ecosystem Science and Management Program.  Maintenance of a Cumulative GPA of 3.33 is required to remain in the Honours Program.

Honours students are required to complete the degree requirements for the BSc in Wildlife and Fisheries.  Each student also must complete a 6-credit Undergraduate Thesis (as part of their elective credits) under the supervision of a Faculty member. Students are responsible to find their own undergraduate thesis research supervisor. Faculty members are under no obligation to supervise Honours students.