Fisheries and Wildlife: Graduate Courses

The follow is a sample list of courses offered for graduate credit:

  • Limnology (FW 7100; lecture only, 3 hours; lecture and lab, 4 hours)
    Ecology of inland waters with emphasis on productivity. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences [BIO SC] 3650.
  • Urban Wildlife Conservation (FW 7200; 3 hours)
    Reviewing the theory and practice of applying ecological concepts to the management of wildlife species in urban areas. Co-requisites: graduate standing and Biological Sciences [BIO SC] 3650 or instructor’s consent.
  • Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FW 7220; 3 hours)
    Overview of human dimensions approaches and methods as they are applied to issues in fish and wildlife conservation. Prerequisite: One 3000-level or above professional management or techniques course or instructor consent.
  • Fisheries Management (FW 7300; 3 hours)
    Introduction to the scientific principles and techniques of fishery management. Integrates ecological principles with social, economic and legal considerations. Prerequisites: graduate standing and Biological Sciences [BIO SC] 3650 and Statistics [STAT] 2530.
  • Techniques for Fisheries Management and Conservation (FW 7400; 3 hours)
    Introduction to techniques (field and analytical/quantitative) used by fisheries and conservation biologists. Fosters understanding of techniques uses, advantages, limitations biases, and data interpretation. Extended weekly field outings require chest waders and life jackets. Prerequisites: graduate standing and Biological Sciences [BIO SC] 3650 and Statistics [STAT] 2530 or Natural Resources [NAT R] 3110 and Fisheries and Wildlife [FW] 2700 or 4300.
  • Animal Population Dynamics and Management (FW 7500; 3 hours)
    Quantitative modeling approach to examining principles and analysis techniques of fish and wildlife population dynamics. Emphasis on approaches useful in the management of exploited species. Prerequisites: Mathematics [MATH] 1400, Biological Sciences [BIO SC] 3650, Statistics; graduate standing required.
  • Ecosystem Management (FW 7600; 4 hours)
    Explores the development and implementation of large-scale approaches to restoring and maintaining ecosystems for sustainability. Incorporates ecological, social-economic, and institutional factors that influence natural resource management agencies. Prerequisite: graduate standing.
  • Environmental Toxicology (FW 7800; 3 hours)
    Introduction to classes of chemicals, tools, methods, and approaches used in environmental toxicology. Emphasizes fundamentals of toxicology, dose-response relationships, evaluation of contaminant issues, strategies, and exposure analysis/toxicity assessment strategies in a risk assessment. Prerequisite: Chemistry [CHEM] 1320 and Fisheries and Wildlife [FW] 3400 or instructor’s consent.
  • Waterfowl Ecology and Management (FW 7880; 3 hours)
    Ecology and Management of North American waterfowl and their habitats. Laboratory exercises focuses on identification, life histories, sex and age determination, and survey methods. Lectures cover taxonomy, ecology, behavior, population dynamics, harvest management, and habitat management and conservation. Prerequisite: Fisheries and Wildlife [FW] 2600; Biological Sciences [BIO SC] 3650; instructor’s consent.
  • Professional Development and Conservation (FW 8300; 2-3 hours)
    Intended to foster professional growth and development of graduate students. The course will present a rigorous introduction to professionalism, ethics, career development, and professional communications skills and techniques.
  • Fish Ecology (FW 8440; 3 hours)
    Advanced study of the interactions between fish and their environment. Topics include behavioral, physiological, population and community ecology of fishes, with emphasis on development and application of ecological theory in fishery management. Prerequisites: Fisheries and Wildlife [FW] 2700, 4100, Biological Sciences [BIO SC] 3650 or equivalent.
  • Advanced Limnology (FW 8450; 3 hours)
    Physical, chemical and biological processes of lakes and streams emphasizing biological production, water quality and modern problems. Field, laboratory techniques in limnology research. Prerequisites: Fisheries and Wildlife [FW] 4100, Biological Sciences [BIO SC] 3650 or equivalent.
  • Wetland Ecology (FW 8460; 3 hours)
    A survey of the wetlands of North America; emphasis on nutrient dynamics, habitat structure, management, legislation and regulations, and man’s impacts. Prerequisites: Fisheries and Wildlife [FW] 4100, Biological Sciences [BIO SC] 3650 and instructor’s consent.
  • Fish Bioenergetics: Concepts and Applications (FW 8470; 2 hours)
    Key concepts of fish bioenergetics are treated by readings, discussions of articles and lectures by the instructor. Concepts are applied through modeling. Novel applications, shortcomings and benefits of bioenergetics models are treated. The course applies to graduate students seeking careers in fisheries management, aquatic ecology, fish conservation and aquaculture. Prerequisites: graduate standing; instructor’s consent.
  • Ecology, Conservation, and Environmental Justice (FW 8510; 2 hours)
    The goal of this course is to introduce graduate students in natural resource management and conservation biology toe the ecological and management concepts that underlie environmental justice issues, and to explain how broader environmental justice concepts are relevant to natural resource and conservation fields. Prerequisite: one undergraduate course from the following list of disciplines: ecology, natural resource management, conservation biology, sociology or equivalent.
  • Stream Ecology (FW 8520; 3 hours)
    Ecological principles applied to flowing waters. Emphasis on ecological processes within algal, invertebrate and fish communities. The influence of geomorphic processes, hydrologic principles and physical-chemical factors on the biota.
  • Quantitative Fish and Wildlife Assessment (FW 8530; 4 hours)
    Methods to assess space use patterns, animal abundance and population status are drawn into quantitative framework for making inferences to wild populations. Practical application and limitations of techniques are emphasized through analysis and interpretation of field data. Prerequisite: Natural Resources [NAT R] 3110 or equivalent.
  • Conservation Biology/Endangered Species Management (FW 8560; 3 hours)
    In-depth study of the ecological, legal, sociological aspects of the conservation of biodiversity. National and international focus on endangered species conservation; endangered species conservation; review of current literature. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences [BIO SC] 3650 or equivalent.
  • Vertebrate Behavioral Ecology (FW 8620; 3 hours)
    In-depth study of the behavioral adaptations of vertebrates. Topics include reproductive strategies, mate selection, parental care, predator avoidance, habitat selection, foraging strategies and spacing patters. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences [BIO SC] 4640 and 3650 or equivalents.