Wildlife Biology & Conservation

The objective of the WBC major is to provide students with an integrated foundation in three disciplines necessary to understand the origins, interactions, and protection of plant and animal diversity: evolution, ecology, and conservation biology. Effective conservation solutions for the 21st century now require detailed knowledge of both ecological and evolutionary factors that influence the sustainability of species and communities and an understanding of how these factors can be used to manage natural systems or species that are at risk or invasive. The WBC curriculum reflects the current interdisciplinary nature of the study of plant and animal diversity. The objectives of WBC enhance the University of Guelph undergraduate curriculum by offering a major that is unique to Canadian Universities and that takes advantage of depth and breadth of expertise in the Department of Integrative Biology.

This major will provide students with a unique interdisciplinary opportunity to study the causes, consequences, and conservation of plant and animal diversity.  There is currently no other major in Canada that explicitly integrates ecology, evolution, and conservation into a 4-year major. This major also builds on the University of Guelph’s long-standing reputation in the areas of biology and natural resources management. Although there are a series of required courses associated with each of the ecology, evolution, and conservation core themes, the major offers a significant amount of flexibility from years 2-4 that allows students to focus on 1 or 2 of the streams. In their 4th year, students will take a 1.0 credit capstone course (BIOL*4110 Ecological Methods) that focuses on the development and execution of a research problem by taking advantage of the different skills students have acquired in each of these streams.

Further information about the College of Biological Science can be found at: http://www.uoguelph.ca/cbs

Information regarding research and faculty involved in the Wildlife Biology and Conservation major can be found at: http://www.uoguelph.ca/ib/

A complete listing of all courses required for this major can be found in the Schedule of Studies located in the Undergraduate Calendar.