​Wildlife Ecology Transfer Guide

College of Natural Resources, UW-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI 54481 Telephone (715) 346-4081

Admission to UW-Stevens Point

  • Application Procedure

To apply to UW-Stevens Point as a transfer student, complete the UW System admission application form.  You may apply online at apply.wisconsin.edu or by submitting a paper application to:  

UW-Stevens Point Office of Admissions
Student Services Center
UW-Stevens Point
Stevens Point, WI 54481

Paper applications can be obtained through UW College Student Services Offices and the UWSP Admissions Office, or downloaded at apply.wisconsin.edu.

Request that your official transcripts be forwarded directly to the UWSP Admissions Office both from your high school and from any colleges or universities you have attended. List your intended major on your application form.

While there is no deadline for applying to the University, early application is recommended because enrollment management efforts may require us to limit our enrollment.

  • General Admission Requirements to the University

Students from the UW Colleges who will have earned 54 or more credits by the time they transfer to UWSP are eligible for admission with a grade point average of 2.00 or higher. If you will have earned fewer than 54 transfer credits by the time you transfer, you will need to meet the admission requirements in effect at the time your application file is complete.

Please note that admission to the University does not guarantee admission to a particular major.

  • Requirements for Admission to Programs in the College of Natural Resources

You will be accepted as a Wildlife Ecology major after you complete a total of 45 credits (including transfer credits) and have a GPA in your major of 2.0 or higher. Application deadlines are October 1 and February 15. Prior to being accepted as a Wildlife Ecology major, your status will be "pre-major". Once you are accepted as a major, you will be assigned an advisor in your major and will be able to register for restricted 300 and 400 level courses, summer camp, internships and the European Environmental Studies Seminar.

  • When Should You Transfer?

Students interested in a major in the College of Natural Resources at UWSP should transfer after completion of no more than one year at the UW Colleges. The majors in Forestry, Resource Management, Soil and Waste Resources, Water Resources, and Wildlife have a summer camp &/or internship requirement that should be completed after the sophomore year. Before you can attend summer camp, you must have completed a core of natural resources courses (Natural Resources 250 and 251) only offered at UWSP, and Natural Resources 150 and 151 at UWSP or their equivalents from the UW-Colleges.

UWSP General Degree Requirements

Students with natural resources majors should complete the General Degree Requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree. The General Degree Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree are listed below, along with courses from the UW Colleges that may be applied toward the requirements.

  1. Freshman English -- 3-6 credits required
    Students from the UW Colleges take ENG 101 & 102. Students who are exempt from ENG 101 at the UW Colleges will also be considered exempt from English 101 at UWSP but will still need ENG 102. 

  2. Communication -- 2 credits required
    COM 103 at the UW Colleges

  3. Mathematics -- 7 credits required
    Wildlife Ecology Majors: Math 211 (Calculus) and Math 117 (Statistics) are required.

  4. Natural Science -- 12-15 credits required
    Wildlife Ecology Majors: Botany 130, Zoology 101 and Chemistry 125 or 145 will complete this requirement.


  5. History -- BS: 3 credits required 

  6. Humanities and Social Science -- 18 credits required
    6 must be in Humanities and 6 must be in Social Science; the remaining 6 credits may be from either Humanities or Social Science. In the Humanities, courses must be selected from at least two of the four areas. In the Social Sciences, courses must be taken in two or more social science disciplines, with a minimum of 6 credits in Category 1.

    • Humanities is divided into 4 areas as follows: Area 1-history and appreciation of art, communication, dance, theater and music; Area 2-literature; Area 3-philosophy, political theory and religious studies; Area 4-civilization, area studies and interdisciplinary courses.

    • Social Science is divided into 2 categories. Most traditional social science courses are in Category 1, which includes such disciplines as anthropology, economics, political science, psychology and sociology.

    ***NOTE: The Wildlife Ecology major require Natural Resources 150, Economics 210 or Natural Resources 372, and Political Science 250, all of which apply toward the Social Science requirement. When you choose your remaining humanities and social science courses, look for courses that also fulfill the Minority Studies (MNS) or Non-Western (NW) requirements. Some possible choices at the UW Colleges include: Sociology 101 or 130, Anthropology 100, 102, 200 or 204, Geography 101, 102, 110 or 115, and Music 273.

  7. Foreign Language -- None required 

  8. Environmental Literacy -- 3 credits required
    UWSP Natural Resources 150 completes this requirement or this may be satisfied by Bio 103 or Bio 107, Geog 350, Geol 169, or Nat 170 (2-3 credits) at the UW Colleges.

  9. Wellness -- 3 credits required
    The Wellness requirement is divided into two categories: Aerobic/Activity and Health Enhancement. At least 1 credit must be taken in each category; the third credit may be from either category.

  10. Minority Studies (MNS) & Non-Western Culture (NW)
    Please note that at least one course that you take must be designated "Minority Studies", and at least one course that you take must be designated "Non-Western Culture". Courses with these designations will usually also meet another general degree requirement, such as Humanities or Social Science.

  11. Writing Emphasis (WE) -- 6 credits required
    You must take at least 6 credits of courses that are designated as "Writing Emphasis". 
    Wildlife majors are required to take Wildlife 350 and 451, which fulfill the writing emphasis requirement.


If you are transferring to UWSP and have earned an Associate of Arts & Science degree at one of the UW Colleges, you will automatically have satisfied the following general degree requirements for the BS degree at UWSP: Natural Science, History, Humanities and Social Science, Environmental Literacy, Minority Studies and Non-Western Culture. You will not automatically have satisfied the general degree requirements in Freshman English, Communication, Mathematics, Foreign Language, Wellness and Writing Emphasis. Of course, you may have satisfied these requirements if you took the specific course work to do so.  You may still have additional major specific courses to take at UWSP in order to complete the Forestry, Resource Management, Soil and Waste Resources, Water Resources, or Wildlife degree.

Course Requirements for the Wildlife Major

To complete a degree in Wildlife Ecology at UWSP, you must choose and complete the requirements for one of the following options: Research and Management or Information and Education. In this curriculum you integrate the study of wildlife ecology and management with other resource disciplines as you prepare yourself for graduate school or a management position. When you graduate, you have met the curricular requirements for a certified wildlife biologist as established by the Wildlife Society.

To graduate from UWSP with a major in Wildlife Ecology, you must have a 2.25 cumulative grade point average.

  1. The major consists of 130-147 credits.

  2. Required: Natural Resources 150 (SS2), 151, 250, 251, 490: Wildlife 311, 350 (WE), 353, 451 (WE) and 458

  3. Collateral Courses:
  1. Biology 130, 160,  342; 281 or 370, 377 or 378
  2. Mathematics 355 or Forestry 321 and Geography 279
  3. Economics 210 (SS1) or Natural Resources 372 (SS2)
  4. Three credits from Natural Resources 440, 459, 473, 474, 480, 484, 495; Political Science 250 (SS1), 304 (EL), 354 (SS2)
  • Summer Camp courses, 7 credits: Forestry 319, 320; Natural Resources 405; Soils 359, 360; Water 380; Wildlife 340; OR European Environmental Studies Seminar, 8 credits: Natural Resources 475.

  • Complete one option below:
a. Wildlife Ecology: Research and Management Option:
  • Biology 210, 305, Wildlife 354

  • 3 credits from: Biology 361 or Water 387; Biology 374, 376 ( or Bio 377 or 378, if not previously taken)

  • Chemistry 105 or 115; Physics 201 or 202

  • Mathematics 111

  • Three credits from English 254, 350, 351, 354, or 358

  • Three credits from Natural Resources 301, 320 (WE), 368 or Communication 280 (SS2)

b. Wildlife Ecology: Information and Education Option:
  • Natural Resources 301, 320, 368, 369 (4 cr); Wildlife 372

  • Biology 376, 377, or 378; Chemistry 101 or 105; Geography 101 or Geology 104

  • Math 111, or Math 112 and 118

  • Internship, 3-12 credits: Wildlife 381. Must be in wildlife education or interpretation with prior approval of the Option Coordinator. (Under special circumstances, Natural Resources 476 [up to 12 credits] may be substituted with prior approval of the Option Coordinator.)

Internships can play a crucial role during your college career. While we highly recommend an internship, it is not required for the Wildlife major. For more information on internships and job opportunities through the CNR, check out our Web page: http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr/internships/.

Courses that will transfer from the UW Colleges to UWSP and can be applied toward the Wildlife Major:
UW Colleges Course and Course Title UWSP Course Requirement UWSP General Degree Satisfied
Botany 130 - General Botany Biology 130 - Plant Biology Natural Science
Zoology 101 - Animal Biology Biology 160 - Animal Biology Natural Science
**Biology 160 - Heredity Biology 210 - Princ. of Genetics  
**Biology 250 - Principles of Ecology Biology 305 - General Ecology  
**Zoology 277 - Ornithology Biology 377 - Ornithology  
Chemistry 145 - General Chemistry
*Chemistry 125 - Introductory Chemistry
Chemistry 105 - Fundamental Chemistry
Chemistry 101 - Basic Chemistry
Natural Science

Natural Science
Math 105 - Intro to College Algebra Math 100 - College Algebra Math
Math 117 - Elem Statistics Math 355 - Statistics Math
Math 211 - Calculus Math 111 - Applied Calculus Math
Economics 203 - Economics-Macro Economics 210 - Principles of Macroeconomics Social Science - Area 1
Biology 103 Human Environ Bio OR Biology 107 Biol Aspect Conserv OR Geography 350 Env Conserv OR Geology 169 Erth Sci & Hum Env OR NAT 170 (if taken for 2-3 credits) NRES 150 - People, Resources & Biosphere SS2 & EL
Biology 250 Principles of Ecology NRES 151 - Ecol Basis Natural Resources Mgmt Natural Science
NAT 250 Intro to Fish, Forest and Wildlife Resources NRES 250 - Intro to Fisheries, Forestry, & Wildlife Natural Science

Wildlife Ecology: Information and Education option only
** Wildlife Ecology: Research and Management option only

Contact Person

For more information concerning the Wildlife major in the UWSP College of Natural Resources, please call Sue Kissinger, Coordinator of Advising and Recruitment, at (715) 346-4081 or e-mail her at  skissing@uwsp.edu.

Updated: 12/06

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