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Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Russellville, AL, United States
The fisheries and wildlife science program is a professional program designed to prepare qualified field and research biologists, as well as to provide a sound foundation for those students who intend to pursue graduate studies in wildlife biology, fisheries biology or field ecology. 
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Through selection of elective courses, graduates are required to meet certification requirements of The Wildlife Society or the American Fisheries Society.

Field biologists are employed by various state and federal agencies concerned with natural resources management including the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, National Park Service, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Employment opportunities in the private sector are also available. Timber, mining, and utility companies hire field biologists for advice and management of industrial lands. Environmental consulting firms, commercial fish and game farms, and nature centers require qualified researchers, technicians, and educators.

Majors in fisheries and wildlife science must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours as specified in the following curriculum outline and no more than 12 hours of “D’s” may be applied toward the degree. Note, this set of courses will also satisfy requirements for a minor in biology, but students should see their advisor to complete the associated degree audit form for the minor. Candidates for graduation are expected to complete a comprehensive series of practical and technical exams to assess mastery of program objectives.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    62 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • Social Sciences
  • College Algebra
  • A Survey of Chemistry and  Survey of Chemistry Laboratory or General Chemistry I
  • Principles of Biology 
  • Principles of ZoologyOrientation to Fisheries and Wildlife Science
For more information please visit the program website.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Admission requirements:

  • Composite ACT score of 19 or above, composite SAT score of 990 or above on the RSAT scale of 1600 or a composite SAT score of 1330 on the former SAT exam with a scale of 2400, or a composite Next Generation ACCUPLACER score of 246. Note: The ACT Writing exam is not required for admission purposes.  
  • Completion of graduation requirements from a public secondary school, private secondary school, or a home school program documenting a minimum 2.0/4.0 cumulative grade point average, and completion of the university’s secondary school core curriculum, OR minimum GED score of 600.
For more information please visit the program website.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    464 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 464 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    464 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 464 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    232 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 232 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Russellville

  • 850 - 1300 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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