Sep 21, 2023  
2017-18 Catalog 
2017-18 Catalog FINAL VERSION - Closed for Revisions

Wildlife Ecology

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Jason Riddle, Discipline Coordinator
Room 265, Trainer Natural Resources Building
Phone: 715-346-3224
Email: OR

This discipline is in the College of Natural Resources .

Faculty: S Crimmins, S Dubay, T Ginnett, S Hygnstrom, R Lonsinger, J Riddle, C Sartini, J Straub.

Adjunct Support: D Caporale, D Ginnett, T Huspeni, R Rosenfield, C Yahnke.

Definition: In the wildlife ecology major you will develop problem-solving and scientific skills and understand the social influences and ecological interactions that impact on wildlife management and conservation biology.

Wildlife Ecology Major Admission Procedures

  1. Students are formally admitted to the major once each year during spring semester. Students follow the normal procedure for applying to any CNR major.
  2. Wildlife ecology is a limited-enrollment major. It is possible that you might meet the minimum requirements listed below but not be admitted into the major. The number of graduates each year will determine how many students are accepted into the program.

Academic Requirements

  1. In order to be admitted to either of the wildlife ecology major options you must meet the following minimum requirements:
    1. Have completed at least 45 semester credits either at UW-Stevens Point and/or transferred to UW-Stevens Point (i.e. have at least second semester sophomore standing).
    2. Earn a 2.5 cumulative grade point average on all college work attempted at UW-Stevens Point and/or transferred to UW-Stevens Point from other institutions.
    3. Complete NRES 150 , NRES 151 , NRES 250  and NRES 251 , and WLDL 100  or their transfer equivalents with passing grades. It is permissible to be enrolled in one or more of these courses at the time of application.
  2. If you are not accepted into the major you may reapply once.
  3. You may petition the wildlife discipline coordinator if you do not meet these standards.

Academic Standards for Wildlife Ecology

To graduate with a major or minor in the wildlife ecology discipline you must have a 2.50 minimum cumulative grade point average.

Academic Standards for the College of Natural Resources

You must apply for official acceptance as a College of Natural Resources major before the beginning of your junior year. Requirements for acceptance to the fisheries and water resources, forestry, resource management (in the human dimensions of natural resource management discipline) or soil and waste resources major are:

  1. Complete 45 university credits.
  2. Have at least a 2.00 grade point average in courses required for the major.
  3. Complete an application to the College of Natural Resources. We will notify you within four weeks of your application, and if accepted will assign an adviser. Certain 300-400 level courses are restricted to approved CNR and/or biology majors. Nonmajors must have written consent of instructor to enroll.
  4. If you are transferring to UW-Stevens Point to major in the College of Natural Resources, Wildlife Ecology excepted, you must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00. To be accepted as a CNR major, complete steps 1-3 above.

    Wildlife Ecology is a limited-enrollment major. Please consult the Wildlife Ecology portion of the catalog for admissions and acceptance guidelines specific to that major.

    To be retained as a major or minor and to be approved for graduation, you must meet the minimum grade point average established for your discipline in all UW-Stevens Point courses taken within the major or minor (2.75 to student teach in resource management), including transfer courses, regardless of any declaration of academic bankruptcy. Minimum GPA by discipline:
    1. 2.0 GPA for paper science and engineering.
    2. 2.25 GPA for all majors and minors in the human dimensions of natural resource management discipline with the exception of the Wildland Fire Science option of the Resource Management major.
    3. 2.50 GPA for all options of fisheries and water resources, all options of forestry, all options of wildlife ecology, all options of soil and waste resources, and the Wildland Fire Science option of the Resource Management major.

Test-Out and Credit-by-Exam Policy for the College of Natural Resources

The College of Natural Resources offers credit-by-exam for all of its courses. The comprehensive exam for each course will be written and drawn from lecture and/or lab topics normally covered in the course.

If you wish to take an exam for credit, first confer with the CNR associate dean for academic affairs. Then confer with the faculty member who most recently taught the course. The faculty member will notify you in writing with any pertinent information about the exam including the required minimum passing score before you take the exam. You will receive your grade in writing within two weeks after taking the exam. Results will be forwarded to the Office of the Registrar if credit-by-exam is granted. You may take a test-out exam only once.





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