Jun 15, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries

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Lisa Muller, Interim Head

Buckley, D.S., PhD – Michigan Tech
Buehler, D.A., PhD – Virginia Tech
Clatterbuck, W.W., PhD – Mississippi State
Eda, S., PhD – Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences (Japan)
Fly, J.M., PhD – Michigan
Franklin, J.A., PhD – Alberta (Canada)
Gray, M.J., PhD – Texas Tech
Harper, C.A., PhD – Clemson
Harper, D.P., PhD – Washington State
Hickling, G.J., PhD – Western Ontario (Canada)
Hodges, D.G., PhD – Georgia
Houston, A.T., PhD – Tennessee
Keyser, P.D., PhD – Clemson
Labbe, N., PhD – University of Bordeaux (France)
Miller, D.L., DVM, PhD – Mississippi State
Muller, L.I., PhD – Georgia
Rials, T.G., PhD – Virginia Tech
Schlarbaum, S.E., PhD – Colorado State
Taylor, M.M., PhD – Oregon State
Wang, S., PhD – Nanjing Forestry (China)
Young, T.M., PhD – Tennessee

Associate Professors
Jean-Philippe, S., PhD – Tennessee
Poudyal, N.C., PhD – Tennessee
Willcox, E.V., PhD – Florida

Assistant Professors
Alford, B., PhD – Mississippi State
Kwit, C., PhD – Louisiana State
Willcox, A.S., PhD – Florida

Graves, C., MS – Tennessee

Emeriti Faculty
Bozell, J.J., PhD – Colorado State
Hill, Sr., T.K., PhD – Auburn
Ostermeier, D.M., PhD – Syracuse
Pelton, M.R., PhD – Georgia
Rennie, J.C., PhD – North Carolina State
Schneider, G., PhD – Michigan State
Strange, R.J., PhD – Oregon
Stumbo, D.A., PhD – Minnesota
Wilson, J.L., PhD – Tennessee

Student Success Advisor
Colleen Farrell

Forestry Advisors
Buckley, Farrell, Fly, Franklin, Hodges, Jean-Philippe, Poudyal

Wildlife and Fisheries Advisors
B. Alford, Buehler, Farrell, Gray, Graves, Hickling, Kwit, Miller, Muller, E. Willcox

The mission of the Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries (FWF) is to advance the science and sustainable management of natural resources to promote their health, utilization, and appreciation in Tennessee, the region, and beyond through programs in teaching, research, and extension.

The department offers two majors. The major in forestry leads to the Bachelor of Science in Forestry and the major in wildlife and fisheries science leads to the Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. The forestry major has concentrations in forest resources management, restoration and conservation, urban forestry, and wildland recreation. The wildlife and fisheries science major has concentrations in wildlife and fisheries management and wildlife health.

uTrack Requirements

Universal Tracking (uTrack) is an academic monitoring system designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones. Milestones include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA. uTrack requirements only affect full-time, degree-seeking students who first entered Fall 2013 or later. uTrack does not apply to transfer students who entered prior to Fall 2015.

Enrollment Management Plan

All majors in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries must submit an application for progression with relevant career goals, names of three references, work experience (both volunteer and paid positions) related to natural resources and service and professional activities, and a transcript before registering for junior classes.

To be considered for progression into the upper division of the program, applicants must have submitted all required documents (application form, resume, and transcript) by a March 15 deadline late in the spring semester.

Those students who have met all preliminary requirements for progression, including having relevant career goals, will be ranked based on the combined score of their cumulative grade point average (GPA) and GPA in core courses. The combined score will be 50% cumulative GPA (minimum 2.5) and 50% cumulative GPA (minimum 2.5) in core courses. Applicants with the highest scores will be accepted into the programs. The number of applicants accepted into each program will be determined based on resources available. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by the start of registration for summer semester.

Applicants who are not accepted into the program and who believe that extenuating circumstances prevented their acceptance into the program may appeal the decision to a faculty committee (i.e., S.A.C.). A written statement in which the case is made for acceptance is required for all applicants. It must be submitted within one week of the rejection notice.

Appellants receiving a positive response from the appeals committee will be accepted into programs on a provisional basis through the first semester of their junior year. The progress of provisional students will be reviewed at the end of the fall semester. At that time, they will either be fully admitted or released from the program.

Core Courses

Students must have completed or be enrolled in all core courses by the end of the semester in which they apply for acceptance into upper-division courses. They must complete all core courses before entering upper-division courses. They will also need the prerequisites to the individual upper-division courses.


Two courses in first year composition (ENGL 101 * and ENGL 102 * or equivalent); calculus (MATH 125 * or equivalent); general chemistry (CHEM 100 * or equivalent); two courses in general botany (BIOL 113 * and BIOL 114 * and BIOL 115 *); general economics (ECON 201 * or equivalent); public speaking (CMST 210 * or CMST 240 * or equivalent); statistics (STAT 201 *or equivalent); ecology (FORS 215  or BIOL 260 /BIOL 269  or  equivalent).

Wildlife and Fisheries Science

Two courses in first year composition (ENGL 101 * and ENGL 102 * or equivalent); calculus (MATH 125 * or equivalent); two courses in general chemistry (CHEM 120 * or CHEM 128 * or equivalent); two courses in general biology (BIOL 150 */BIOL 160 */BIOL 159 * or equivalent); general economics (ECON 201 * or equivalent); public speaking (CMST 210 * or CMST 240 * or equivalent); statistics (STAT 201 * or equivalent); general ecology (BIOL 260 /BIOL 269  or equivalent).

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