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Pre-forestry / Pre-wildlife

In co-operation with the College of Forestry, Wildlife, and Range Sciences at the University of Idaho, the BSU’s Department of Biological Sciences has developed a program of study that allows the completion of two to three years coursework of a pre-forestry/pre-wildlife program while at BSU, then transfer to the University of Idaho to complete the junior and senior years in the professional program in which the student is specifically interested.

Completing three years of coursework at Boise State (instead of two) would allow the student to complete all core requirements at Boise State and concentrate on scheduling the needed professional courses at the University of Idaho. Listed below is possible program of study at Boise State for the first two years. If the student is certain of the degree option they plan to pursue at the University of Idaho, then he/she should carefully study the degree requirements to optimize the time they spend at Boise State University.

Another option for students interested in pursuing a career in wildlife or field botany is to complete a B.S. in Biology at Boise State University. For students who will be pursuing a Master’s Degree, a B.S. in Biology is as good as (or even better) preparation than narrower profession-oriented degrees. For students who wish to stop with a bachelor’s degree, it should be noted that a number of BSU Biology students have been successful at obtaining employment with government agencies; however, substantial experience should be secured (e.g. via internships) before graduation.

Pre-Forestry and Pre-Wildlife Management

Course Number and TitleCredits
ENGL 101-102 Intro to College Writing and Research6
ENGL 202 Technical Communication3
COMM 101 Fundamentals of Communication3
ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics3
BIOL 191 Biology 1: Intro to Cell and Molecular Biology4
BIOL 192 Biology II: Introduction to the Diversity of Life
BIOL 304 Biology III: Foundations of Ecology & Evolution4
CHEM 101, 101L-102, 102L Essentials of Chemistry I & II w/labs8
ITM 104 Operating Systems and Word Processing Topics AND
ITM 105 Spreadsheet Topics AND
ITM 106 Database Topics
MATH 160 Survey of Calculus OR
MATH 170 Calculus I: Concepts and Applications
MATH 254 Introduction to Statistics3

The following courses also apply to one or more of the degree programs at the University of Idaho; consult the University of Idaho catalog to see which courses you should take:

  • Microbiology BIOL 205
  • Genetics BIOL 343
  • Evolution BIOL 401
  • Stream Ecology BIOL 424
  • Systematic Botany (BOT 305)
  • Plant Physiology BOT 401
  • Plant Community Ecology BOT 424
  • Comparative Anatomy ZOOL 301
  • Ornithology ZOOL 341
  • General and Comparative Physiology ZOOL 409
  • Mammalogy ZOOL 421
  • Aquatic Entomology ZOOL 434
  • Biochemistry CHEM 431
  • General Physics PHYS 111-112
  • Macroeconomics ECON 201
  • Natural Resource Economics ECON 333
  • Physical Geology GEOL101
  • Soils mechanics lab GEOL 305
  • Principles of Soils Science GEOL 451
  • Principles of Marketing MKTG 301