Required Courses

Fisheries & Wildlife Science

Program Core Requirements

Biology I
Biology II
General Ecology


Chemistry I

Chemistry II

Organic Chemistry
Intro to Fisheries and Wildlife Management
Landscape Ecology
Statistics, Precalculus 
Natural History of 
North American Vertebrates
Senior Capstone 

Fisheries Science
 Concentration Core

Aquatic Invertebrates

Watershed Management
Stream Ecology Management
Forest Soils
Fisheries Biology and Management
Fisheries Techniques
Biological Science Electives
Human Dimension Electives

Wildlife Science 
Concentration Core

Plant Biology
Conservation Biology
Zoology Electives
Botany Electives
Techniques in Wildlife Management
Wildlife Management Ecology Electives
Physical Science Electives
Policy, Administration Law Electives
Wildlife Biology Electives

Features & Benefits

•The program is based on the requirements to be certified as a professional fisheries biologist (American Fisheries Society) and a wildlife biologist (The Wildlife Society).

•The program is based on technical knowledge and skills (species ID, calculating population sizes, identification, live trapping, tagging).  

•Courses include ongoing and emerging issues such as invasive species, habitat fragmentation and degradation, climate change and more. Students graduate ready to operate within real-world conditions. 

•The fisheries and wildlife science program is a science-based program requiring students to be proficient in science and math as a foundation for conducting fisheries and wildlife research.

•Students do not need to choose a fisheries or wildlife concentration until their junior year. This allows them to explore their major and figure out their interests.

•A co-curricular experience is the student chapter of The Wildlife Society. Students have attended national meetings in Tucson, Ariz., and Miami; New York chapter meetings; and student conclaves at places such as Acadia National Park, competing in quiz bowls and networking with wildlife professionals.   

•Fisheries and wildlife faculty view earning a degree as a stepping stone to your career. With their variety of experience and eye on the future, faculty are extremely helpful in providing job placement assistance.

•Faculty are actively engaged in fisheries and wildlife research. Students who work with faculty benefit from participating in real-life research experience.

•The option to minor in geographic information systems (GIS) during the four years at Paul Smith’s College makes graduates even more attractive to potential employers.


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Paul Smiths, NY 12970

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