Aquatic Option

The Aquatic Option provides students with the basics of biological sciences in the first two years with watershed hydrology, freshwater ecology, fish biology and fisheries courses during the junior and senior years. During their tenure, our students typically get experience working on a variety of aquatic or fisheries-related research and management projects with state and federal agencies, nonprofit groups, or university researchers.


See the four-year plan for the WBIO Aquatic Option (pdf) and special degree requirements

View more information about the Wildlife Biology degree aquatic option in the UM course catalog

Occasionally due to a mix of extenuating circumstances and career interests, students can petition to substitute a different class for a required class. Courses substitutions should be similar in level (e.g., 300-level) and credit load. If you would like to petition for a course substitution, you need to fill out a course substitution form, discuss the change with your faculty mentor for approval, and submit it to the undergraduate student advisor for review by the Wildlife Biology Program Undergraduate Committee.

To graduate with High Honors:

UM confers High Honors to select graduating seniors. To get High Honors, Wildlife Biology students must have a 3.7 GPA and complete either a senior thesis or an honors oral exam. Download a copy of requirements for this high honors option.