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Wildlife Biology

Photo of frog in pondWildlife biology is a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of wild animals and their habitats. Wildlife biologists build a knowledge base in ecology, population biology, wildlife biology, and critical thinking; with these skills, biologists can be researchers, field scientists and advocates for the management of wildlife and fish populations and their habitat, communities and ecosystems.

Contact Shaun Henderson Faculty Advisor for Wildlife Biology.

Program Description

TCC offers courses that cover the first 2 years of a typical 4-year college biology program (college-level courses) as well as courses to develop skills needed for college-level courses.

Once you complete your associate degree at TCC, you can apply to the Washington State University School of Environmental Science for a major in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Sciences.

Degree Options: Associate of Science Degree with a Specialization in Biology (PDF)

Program Planning

Recommended Class Schedule: We suggest the following schedule of classes for students who wish to major in wildlife biology and earn the Associate Degree of Science, Biology.

First Year

CHEM& 161
MATH& 151
ENGL& 101
CHEM& 162
MATH& 152
CHEM& 163
MATH& 153 or MATH& 146
BIOL& 221

Second Year

BIOL& 222
CHEM& 261
BIOL& 223
CHEM& 262
Social Science
CHEM& 263
ECON& 201
  • Some students may need to take additional prerequisite courses.
  • 5 credits of microeconomics (ECON& 201) is required for entry to the WSU Wildlife Biology program. The other humanities and social science courses must be chosen from the humanities and social science courses on the Approved Distribution Course List.
  • At least one course must be chosen from the list of approved multicultural courses on the Approved Distribution Course List.
  • PHYS 114 and 115, or PHYS 221 and 222 are strongly recommended as elective courses.
  • PE activity courses cannot be used as elective courses.
  • A maximum of 5 credits of electives can be from courses that do not appear on the basic requirements list of the Associate in Arts and Sciences Degree Option A or on the Approved Distribution Course List. Such courses must be approved by a zoology and biology advisor.

Approved Distribution Course List

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