NMC transfer Guide - MACRAO

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 seven concentrations:

  1. Conservation and Biology
  2. Fisheries Biology and Management
  3. Wildlife Biology and Management
  4. Water Sciences
  5. Fish and Wildlife Disease Ecology
  6. Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  7. Analytical Foundations of Fisheries and Wildlife Biology


  1. GPA – 2.8 – 3.0 MSU averages all courses taken, all grades received, and all schools attended.
  2. Credits Transferred – 60-64 credits is the maximum amount of credits students should take at NMC. MSU requires that one half of degree requirements be completed at a 4-year school. Students who accumulate more than 60-64 credits at NMC are still held accountable for completing one half of their degree at a 4-year school.
  3. Transfer Grades – Commencing Fall 2006, MSU will not accept grades below 2.0.
  4. Junior Status – Admission into Fisheries & Wildlife program requires Junior status (56 acceptable credits).
  5. Campus Visits – A campus visit is the best way to learn about MSU. Visit MSU online to make a reservation.
  6. Transfer Scholarships – Students with a 3.5 GPA or higher should consult with their NMC counselor or advisor concerning transfer scholarship options at MSU.


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 MACRAO Agreement. If your goal is to complete an Associate degree before transferring, see a counselor for assistance.



ENG 111, 112

English Composition



Select 8 credits from the Humanities Division »

Special Note: NMC highly recommends that one of your choices be either HST 111 or HST 112 U.S. History. Although it is not absolutely required, taking U.S. History eliminates having to take a special integrated writing & humanities course at MSU. Without a U.S. History course, transfer students can expect to take IAH 201 at MSU.

Social Science

Choose 1 of the following courses:

ECO 201

Principles of Macroeconomics


ECO 202

Principles of Microeconomics


Select 2 additional Social Science courses »



BIO 115, 116

Cell, Plant, & Ecosystem Biology and Cell & Animal Biology


BIO 260

General Ecology


CHM 150 & 150R

General Chemistry


MTH 140

College Algebra & Trigonometry


MTH 141

Calculus I


PHY 121

General Physics I


Choose 1 of the following courses:

GEO 105

Physical Geography with Lab


ENV 117

Meteorology & Climatology with Lab


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.

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