Major in Animal Ecology
The Animal Ecology major focuses on the science behind the care, management, conservation, and research of wildlife. Students will first build a foundation by taking a wide base of general education classes such as biology, math, and environmental science. As they get further into the program, they will then choose an Option and begin taking advanced level coursework.
In order to graduate, students must complete a certain number of credits. These credits should include general education coursework, advanced classes required by whichever specialization, or Option, that they've chosen, and any additional elective courses still needed to reach that total.
Total Credits to Graduate: 128 credits
- General Education Requirements: 75 credits
- Option Requirements: 33-45 credits
- Free Electives: 8-20 credits
- NREM 104: 400 hours of career-related Experience
Animal Ecology has four emphasis areas to pick from. One is required, more than one is optional. The chosen Option will be officially declared when the student begins taking advanced coursework.
Reach out to an academic advisor to get started on planning for your degree! You can view sample 4 Year Plans for each option at the link below:
Not sure which Option is best for you? Select an area that sounds interesting to you:
The NREM Department also offers a minor in Animal Ecology. Each of the minors has it's own requirements, but must also meet all University requirements.
- Must take at least fifteen (15) credits.
- Six (6) of the 15 credits must be taken at Iowa State University, at the 300-level or above.
- At least nine (9) of the 15 credits can only be applied towards the minor. They cannot be used to meet any other university, college, or major/department requirement. They can be used as free electives.
- Courses cannot be taken as pass/not pass.
|Introduction to Renewable Resources
|A ECL 312 (or NREM 311)
|Ecology (Field Ecology)
|A ECL 365
Additional Electives (to reach 15 credits)
|A ECL 321
|A ECL 333
|A ECL 366
|Natural History of Iowa Vertebrates
|A ECL 371 (or 372)
|Ecological Methods (Wildlife Population Methods)
|A ECL 401
|Intro to Aquatic Animal Health & Medicine
|A ECL 415
|Ecology of Freshwater Inverteb., Plants & Algae
|A ECL 418
|A ECL 425
|A ECL 440
|A ECL 442
|A ECL 451
|A ECL 454
|Principles of Wildlife Diseases
|A ECL 455
|International Wildlife Issues
|A ECL 457 +Lab
|A ECL 458 +Lab
|A ECL 459 +Lab
|A ECL 471
|Introduction to Conservation Biology
|A ECL 486 (+Lab)
|A ECL 516*
|A ECL 518*
|A ECL 520*
|A ECL 551*
|A ECL 570*
|A ECL 589*
|Fdn. to Natural Resource Policy and History
|Seminar (repeatable credit)
|Genetics for Natural Resource Managers
|Principles of Interpretation
|Field Ecology Research & Teaching
|Natural Resource Policy
|Integrating GPS & GIS for Natural Resource Mgt.
|Controversies in Natural Resource Management
|Independent Study in Animal Ecology
|Travel Course in Animal Ecology
*Instructor Permission Required
Declaring a Minor
To declare one of our minors, complete the curriculum change form linked below. For help on how to fill this out, view the instructions page linked at the top of the document or contact your academic advisor.
E-mail the completed form to your advisor for signatures and processing.