In addition to the core curriculum for Animal Ecology, students choose an option, or specialty area. Students declare their chosen option during their sophomore year at ISU.
Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
This option combines a fisheries concentration with aquatic sciences. Focus is on basic fish biology, aquatic ecology, fisheries management, and aquatic ecosystems. Students learn about fish culture, fish diseases, nutrition, aquaculture, societal and cultural concerns as well as the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of a variety of aquatic environments. Students also learn about watershed management.
Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences careers can include: Fisheries Biologist, Hatchery Manager, Fish & Wildlife Specialist, Aquaculture Specialist, Lake Manager, Aquatic Biologist, Wetland Scientist, Restoration Ecologist, Environmental Consultant, Water Quality Technician
- 2017-2018 Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences.pdf
- 2016-2017 Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences.pdf
- 2015-2016 Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences.pdf
- 2014-2015 Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences.pdf
- 2013-2014 Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences.pdf
Interpretation of Natural Resources
The Interpretation option concentrates on natural history, earth science, and communication techniques. Students in this option will also study the natural environment and learn how to teach others about natural resource-related topics.
Interpretation careers can include: Environmental Educator, Naturalist, Interpreter, Park Ranger, Extension Educator, Natural Resources Policy or Public Relations worker, Spokesperson
- 2017-2018 AECL Interpretation Of Natural Resources.pdf
- 2016-2017 AECL Interpretation of Natural Resources.pdf
- 2015-2016 AECL Interpretation of Natural Resources.pdf
- 2014-2015 AECL Interpretation of Natural Resources.pdf
- 2013-2014 AECL Interpretation of Natural Resources.pdf
Pre-Veterinary and Wildlife Care
The Pre-vet/Wildlife Care option is suited for two groups of people. The first group is interested in continuing their education in the veterinary field. Students take courses to meet admission requirements for veterinary school. The second group is interested in pursuing careers in the field of wildlife care. Courses cover animal physiology, animal disease detection and prevention, animal behavior, and advanced animal ecology.
Animal Care careers can include: Zookeeper, Wildlife Rehabilitator, Veterinarian, Animal Trainer
- 2017-2018 Pre-Vet & Wildlife Care.pdf
- 2016-2017 Pre-Vet & Wildlife Care.pdf
- 2015-2016 Pre-Vet & Wildlife Care.pdf
- 2014-2015 Pre-Vet & Wildlife Care.pdf
- 2013-2014 Pre-Vet & Wildlife Care.pdf
The Wildlife option concentrates on wildlife habitats, interactions within and among populations, and wildlife management. In addition to in-depth study of wildlife, the option offers courses in policy, administration and law in order to prepare students for the public decision-making process that is necessary in most areas of wildlife management.
Wildlife careers can include: Ornithologist, Fish & Wildlife Specialist, Park Ranger, Wildlife Biologist, Conservation Law Enforcement, Ecologist, Natural Resources Technician, Habitat Manager
- 2017-2018 Wildlife.pdf
- 2016-2017 Wildlife.pdf
- 2015-2016 Wildlife.pdf
- 2014-2015 Wildlife.pdf
- 2013-2014 Wildlife.pdf
Listed here are the required curriculum for both the current and previous years. These courses are required for all Animal Ecology students no matter which of the above options they choose. These courses act as a foundation for which the classes within the desired option are built upon.
- 2017-2018 Animal Ecology Core Curriculum.pdf
- 2016-2017 Animal Ecology Core Curriculum.pdf
- 2015-2016 Animal Ecology Core Curriculum.pdf
- 2014-2015 Animal Ecology Core Curriculum.pdf