NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Michigan State University - Main Campus

Program: Fisheries & Wildlife

Imagine yourself studying fish populations on the shores of a remote lake in Oregon, investigating wild turkeys in Missouri, examining elk here in Michigan, or teaching the secrets of our country's national parks and forests to eager, excited children. Or perhaps, you're interested in pollution and environmental implications, public health, or environmental policy. A degree in fisheries and wildlife can prepare you for these and many other rewarding careers.

Students majoring in fisheries and wildlife typically prepare for professional careers as fisheries and wildlife managers, biologists, naturalists and applied ecologists. However, graduates may also pursue related career opportunities as conservation officers, environmental consultants or administrators with federal, state and private agencies and organizations concerned with environmental management.

Students must complete one of the following six concentrations:

  1. Conservation Biology
  2. Fisheries Biology and Management
  3. Wildlife Biology and Management
  4. Water Sciences
  5. Fish and Wildlife Disease Ecology and Management
  6. Preveterinary

Admission Criteria

  1. Credits Transferred – MSU accepts a maximum of 60 credits from a community college.
  2. Transfer Grades – MSU will not accept grades below 2.0.
  3. Junior Status – Admission into Fisheries & Wildlife program requires Junior status (56 acceptable credits).
  4. Campus Visits – A campus visit is the best way to learn about MSU. Visit MSU online to make a reservation.

Basic Requirements

The following courses are listed to facilitate transfer and fulfill University requirements at MSU. These courses may not fulfill requirements for the Associate of Arts or Science degree at NMC,but will result in completion of the MTA Agreement. If your goal is to complete an associate degree before transferring, see an advisor for assistance.

Upon request at the NMC Records and Registration Office, a statement will be placed on your transcript, "MICHIGAN TRANSFER AGREEMENT (MTA) SATISFIED".

Required Classes

Academic Area




ENG 111, 112

English Composition I & II




HST 111 or 112

US History to or from 1865


PHL 201



Natural Science


BIO 108

Plant Biology (Concentration 3 only)


BIO 115, 116

Cell, Plant, Ecosystem Bio & Genetic, Evolution, Animal Bio - must complete both to receive BS 161 and 162 credit at MSU


CHM 150

General Chemistry I


CHM 151

General Chemistry II (Concentrations 5 and 6 only)


CHM 250

Organic Chemistry I (Concentrations 5 and 6 only)


CHM 251

Organic Chemistry II (Concentration 6 only)


PHY 121

General Physics I


PHY 122

General Physics II (Concentration 6 only)


Social Science


GEO 105

Physical Geography


Select 1 Group 1 Social Science course from a dept. other than GEO




MTH 121 & 122

College Algebra & Trigonometry


MTH 141

Calculus I


additional requirements

Required Classes



BIO 240

Normal and Clinical Nutrition (Concentration 6 only)


BUS 155

Interpersonal Communications


ENG 220

Technical Writing


Northwestern Michigan College does not assume final responsibility for the accuracy of information on this guide. The final responsibility for the successful transfer of classes suggested on this guide rests with you and the institution you plan to transfer to. It is strongly recommended that you visit the institution as early in your academic career (prior to transfer) as possible.

Updated: Summer 2023