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Top FW 107 ORIENTATION TO FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE (1)  Offered in current or future terms
Information relevant to academic pathways and career planning in the fields of fisheries and wildlife. Graded P/N.

Top FW 199 SPECIAL STUDIES (1-16) 
Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top FW 209 CAREER SKILLS IN FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE SCIENCES (1)  Offered in current or future terms
A foundation for life-long career development in fisheries and wildlife sciences. Practice the skills needed to search, apply, and attain internships and jobs. Graded P/N. PREREQS: FW 107 [P]

Top FW 251 PRINCIPLES OF FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION (3)  Offered in current or future terms
History of conservation and natural resource use; ecological principles, and social and economic limitations of conservation; principles and practices of wildlife and fisheries management; role of research in management. PREREQS: Recommend one course in introductory biology.

Top FW 255 FIELD SAMPLING OF FISH AND WILDLIFE (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Introduction to sampling populations and communities of vertebrate animals emphasizing sampling design, collection and management of data, and communication of results. PREREQS: WR 121 and familiarity with personal computers.

Top FW 289 COMMUNICATION SKILLS FOR FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE PROFESSIONALS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Introduces students to the theoretical and practical dimensions of interpersonal and public communication in a natural resource management field. Lec/rec. PREREQS: FW 251

Top FW 302 BIOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF MARINE MAMMALS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
An examination of the biology of whales, pinnipeds, and other marine mammals, including general adaptations to a marine existence; systematics and biogeography; reproduction; diving physiology; communication and echolocation; feeding and migratory behavior; and marine mammal/human interactions; including conservation issues. CROSSLISTED as BI 302. Taught at Hatfield Marine Science Center OR online through Ecampus. PREREQS: One year of introductory biology is mandatory.

Top FW 303 SURVEY OF GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS IN NATURAL RESOURCE (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Concepts underlying geographic information systems, global positioning system, and remote sensing; application to management and research, data quality issues, and case studies. Not a lab/skills class.

Top FW 307 SPECIALIZATION DEVELOPMENT (1)  Offered in current or future terms
Students will examine career alternatives, develop career goals, learn what knowledge, skills, and abilities are important for diverse careers in fisheries and wildlife conservation, and develop an academic and lifelong plan for achieving their career goals. This course is intended to assist students in developing a specialization in fisheries and wildlife sciences. Graded P/N. PREREQS: Recommend FW 209

Top FW 311 ORNITHOLOGY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Survey of the adaptations of birds to a diverse array of habitats. Topics include origins, anatomy, reproductive strategies, migration, flight, behavior, physiology, nutrition, and conservation. PREREQS: One year introductory biology.

Top FW 312 SYSTEMATICS OF BIRDS (2)  Offered in current or future terms
External anatomy, classification of birds of the world, and field identification of birds by sight and song. Field trips required. PREREQS: One year introductory biology.

Top FW 315 ICHTHYOLOGY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
A survey of the diversity of biological adaptations of fishes. Topics include physiological and zoogeographical adaptations, reproduction, evolution, cladogenesis, morphology, behavior, and genetics. PREREQS: One year introductory biology.

Top FW 316 SYSTEMATICS OF FISHES (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Phylogenetic diversity, evolution, relationships and identification of the world's fishes, with particular focus on Oregon fishes. Includes identification, anatomy, use of keys, introduction to the comparative method, systematic theory, taxonomy, field collection and specimen curation. Lec/lab. PREREQS: (BI 211 [D-] or BI 211H [D-] or BI 204 [D-] ) and (BI 212 [D-] or BI 212H [D-] or BI 205 [D-] ) and (BI 213 [D-] or BI 213H [D-] or BI 206 [D-] ) and Recommended pre- or co-requisite: FW 315 Ichthyology.

Top FW 317 MAMMALOGY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
A survey of the origins, evolution, diversity, and adaptations of mammals to diverse environments. Topics include taxonomy, reproduction, sensory perception, herbivory, population cycles and behavior. PREREQS: One year introductory biology.

Top FW 318 SYSTEMATICS OF MAMMALS (2)  Offered in current or future terms
A survey of the phylogenetic diversity of the mammals in Oregon from a habitat/community perspective. Identifying, using keys, and measuring specimens will be stressed. PREREQS: One year introductory biology.

Top FW 320 INTRODUCTORY POPULATION DYNAMICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Principles and concepts of population dynamics related to fish and wildlife populations; methods of estimating abundance, mortality, sustainable harvest levels and extinction risk; hands-on introduction to models for population analysis. Lec/lab. PREREQS: (BI 370* [D-] or BI 370H* [D-] or BI 371* [D-] ) and Recommended: mathematics equivalent to MTH 245 or higher, introductory statistics.

Top FW 321 APPLIED COMMUNITY AND ECOSYSTEM ECOLOGY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Perspectives in community and ecosystem ecology, and their use in management of fisheries and wildlife resource systems. PREREQS: FW 320* [D-]

Top FW 323 MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES OF PACIFIC SALMON IN THE NORTHWEST (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Explores the nature of the salmon problem in the Northwest. Experts from diverse disciplines describe principles of salmon biology, habitat ecology and management, socioeconomics of direct and indirect users, and government policies.

Top FW 325 GLOBAL CRISES IN RESOURCE ECOLOGY (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Historical and contemporary implications of the impacts of burgeoning human populations on rates and patterns of global ecological change. Changes in ecosystem processes and crises of species extinction in the context of cultural and political institutions. (Bacc Core Course).

Top FW 326 INTEGRATED WATERSHED MANAGEMENT (3)  Offered in current or future terms
A comprehensive approach to watershed management, one that includes biophysical, socioeconomic, planning and education related topics. Intended for students interested in the sustainable management of natural resources. PREREQS: FW 251

Top FW 328 WILDLIFE CAPTURE AND IMMOBILIZATION (2)  Offered in current or future terms
Manual and chemical restraint methods are covered with an emphasis on darting equipment, animal and human safety, drug pharmacology and species specific recommendations. CROSSLISTED as VMB 328. Lec/lab. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 4 credits.

Top FW 340 MULTICULTURAL PERSPECTIVES IN NATURAL RESOURCES (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Explores multicultural influences on development of natural resources in the American West. Effects of diverse social values on changes in the physical landscape and biodiversity. (Bacc Core Course)

Top FW 341 FISH AND WILDLIFE LAW ENFORCEMENT (2) 
Introduction to the philosophy, purposes, and methods of enforcing natural resource laws, emphasizing fish and wildlife laws.

Top FW 350 ENDANGERED SPECIES, SOCIETY AND SUSTAINABILITY (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Provides a general background to endangered species biology, and the social and economic implications of the legislation enacted to conserve endangered species (Endangered Species Act, CITES Treaty). (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: FW 251

Top FW 356 CITIZEN SCIENCE (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Citizen science involves non-specialists in scientific studies addressing large challenges best solved through collaboration. Citizens contribute data scientists may not otherwise be able to obtain, while improving their understanding of the scientific process, integrating technology into the learning process, and generating new knowledge for society. (Bacc Core Course)

Top FW 360 ORIGINS OF F&W MANAGEMENT-EVOLUTION, GENETICS, AND ECOLOGY (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Examines genetics and human interactions with fisheries and wildlife from an ecological and evolutionary perspective. Basic principles of environmental interactions, and how humans interact with other species and their environments in the disciplines commonly recognized as fisheries, wildlife and conservation sciences. (Baccalaureate Core Course) PREREQS: Two terms of course work at OSU or equivalent.

Top FW 366 ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINANTS IN FISH AND WILDLIFE (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Environmental contamination is an important threat to many fish and wildlife populations and the habitats and prey upon which they rely. The field of ecotoxicology links the ecology of fish and wildlife with toxicology of environmental contaminants, and so spans political, scientific, and public relations realms. Through the pairing of introductory concepts with key case studies, this course provides students with a preparatory framework for understanding toxicological issues of importance for those focused on studying, managing or conserving fish and wildlife populations. PREREQS: (BI 204 [D-] or BI 211 [D-] or BI 211H [D-] ) and (BI 205 [D-] or BI 212 [D-] or BI 212H [D-] ) and /or equivalent

Top FW 370 CONSERVATION GENETICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
A foundational course in preparation for a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife or other degrees focused on conservation of natural resources. Covers a broad range of topics associated with issues surrounding genetics that working professionals in the biological sciences should be conversant about. One of the most important aspects of the course is the development of problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. PREREQS: (BI 211 [D-] or BI 204 [D-] ) and (BI 212 [D-] or BI 205 [D-] ) and (BI 213 [D-] or BI 206 [D-] ) and /or 1 year introductory biology.

Top FW 401 RESEARCH (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top FW 407 SEMINAR (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Graded P/N. Taught at Hatfield Marine Science Center. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top FW 410 INTERNSHIP (1-6)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits.

Top FW 415 FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE LAW AND POLICY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Provides students with an understanding of the key legal frameworks within which they will work to conserve fish and wildlife resources. Examines federal law and policy relating to allocation and conservation of fish and wildlife resources. PREREQS: PS 201 or other introductory political science course.

Top FW 419 THE NATURAL HISTORY OF WHALES AND WHALING (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Addresses the natural history of whales as a unique example of adaptation in an evolutionary lineage, and the history of whaling as a general example of the failings of international resource management. PREREQS: Some background in vertebrate ecology and evolution or genetics is recommended.

Top FW 421 AQUATIC BIOLOGICAL INVASIONS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
An overview of the background, theory, evolution, ecology, politics and conservation of invasions by introduced species in aquatic environments. CROSSLISTED as BI 421. Taught at Hatfield Marine Science Center OR online through Ecampus. PREREQS: One year of university-level biology.

Top FW 422 INTRODUCTION TO OCEAN LAW (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Examination of US law and primary international law focused on fisheries management with coverage of regulation of other ocean resources including energy, marine mammals, endangered species, pollution, and protected areas. Final project is intended to provide students with hands-on exposure to real-world fisheries and ocean management issues.

Top FW 426 COASTAL ECOLOGY AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (5)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Study of the ecology and management of coastal marine and freshwater ecosystems as well as natural resources, emphasizing experimental (participatory) learning in a field station setting. Lec/lab.

Top FW 427 PRINCIPLES OF WILDLIFE DISEASES (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Ecological aspects of important diseases affecting North American wildlife will be discussed. Demonstrations will mainly cover migratory birds, carnivores and ruminants. Lec/lab. Ecampus sections do not use lab demonstrations. PREREQS: Junior standing or instructor approval required.

Top FW 431 DYNAMICS OF MARINE BIOLOGICAL RESOURCES (4) 
Strategies of marine fishery management. A synthesis of the principles of population dynamics for single- and multi-species systems from the viewpoint of a marine resource manager. Offered alternate years. Taught at Hatfield Marine Science Center OR online through Ecampus. PREREQS: BI 370 or BI 371 or equivalent course work.

Top FW 435 WILDLIFE IN AGRICULTURAL ECOSYSTEMS (3)  Offered in current or future terms WIC Core Course
Examines the relationships between agricultural production and fish and wildlife populations and communities. Explores the impacts of agricultural practices on fish and wildlife. Field trips required; transportation fee charged. OSU Ecampus students are not required to attend field trips. (Writing Intensive Course) PREREQS: BI 370 and FW 251 or equivalent course work.

Top FW 439 HUMAN DIMENSIONS OF FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT (3)  Offered in current or future terms WIC Core Course
Students build an understanding and appreciation for the role of human dimensions (HD) in fisheries and wildlife management. Students work both independently and in groups on assignments with an HD focus. CROSSLISTED as FES 439 (Writing Intensive Course) PREREQS: Principles of fish and wildlife conservation or natural resources and introductory statistics.

Top FW 445 ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION (4) 
Fundamentals of restoring and reclaiming disturbed landscapes and ecosystems. Topics to be covered include types and assessment of site conditions; determining restoration goals and feasibility; hydrologic, biotic, and soil functions and their importance in restoration; and measures of successful restoration. Lec/lab/rec. CROSSLISTED as FES 445. PREREQS: BI 370 or BI 370H or instructor approval required.

Top FW 451 AVIAN CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Identification, classification, life history strategies, ecology and management of upland and migratory birds. PREREQS: FW 311 or equivalent course work.

Top FW 452 BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION IN MANAGED FORESTS (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Designed for students in forestry, wildlife, fisheries and related fields. Introduces the concepts of, and approaches to, managing forest stands, landscapes and regions to achieve desired habitat conditions for indicator species and conservation of biological diversity. CROSSLISTED as FES 452. PREREQS: FES 240 or FES 341 or BI 370

Top FW 454 FISHERY BIOLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms WIC Core Course
Principles and methods used in studying the biology of fishes; ecological requirements of freshwater and anadromous fishes; principles and practices in sport fishery management. (Writing Intensive Course) PREREQS: FW 315 [D-] and FW 320 [D-]

Top FW 456 LIMNOLOGY (5)  Offered in current or future terms
Physical, chemical, and biological concepts in limnology and techniques related to aquatic resources and their management. Lec/lab. PREREQS: Senior standing.

Top FW 458 MAMMAL CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT (4)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
A thorough understanding of the management, conservation, and ecology of mammals in North America; includes population dynamics, harvest management, techniques to determine abundance, diets, reproduction, and the cultural and political variables that contribute to formulation of management programs. PREREQS: 9 credits of upper-division biological sciences.

Top FW 462 ECOSYSTEM SERVICES (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Introduces students to the ecological, economic, and social/ethical issues involved in the study of ecosystem services, with a major focus on biological components involved in ecosystem services. Topics covered include: 1) an introduction to the roles that living organisms play in the provision of ecosystem services, 2) the relationship of ecosystem functions and services, 3) the societal factors that influence this relationship, 4) general categories of ecosystem services, 5) identification of potential ecosystem services in terrestrial and aquatic systems, 6) an overview of the methods of valuation, and 7) translating ecosystems functions to services. Case studies will be used to illustrate key concepts and relationships within different ecological and social contexts. PREREQS: BI 370 or equivalent course work.

Top FW 464 MARINE CONSERVATION BIOLOGY (3) 
Lectures, group library research, and class debates on current issues regarding the conservation of biodiversity in the sea. Topics include overfishing, invasive species, eutrophication, marine pollution, and global warming, as well as means of addressing these threats. PREREQS: (BI 370 [D-] or BI 370H [D-] ) and /or equivalent. Seniors, postbacs, and graduate students only.

Top FW 467 ANTARCTIC SCIENCE AND CONSERVATION (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Explores the history, geology, climate, and ecosystems of Antarctica, with special emphasis on current conservation issues. PREREQS: Upper-division standing; BI 370 or equivalent recommended.

Top FW 469 METHODS IN PHYSIOLOGY AND BEHAVIOR OF MARINE MEGAFAUNA (3)  Offered in current or future terms
An in-depth study of marine megafauna (mammals, birds, turtles) with an emphasis on methods and analyses of behavior and physiology for conservation. Lab and field exercises include investigations into the behavior–physiology nexus of diving, migration, thermoregulation, energy expenditure, and mating systems. Research techniques to be explored will include, for example, tracking and remote biotelemetry monitoring technologies, respirometry, genetics, and direct field study observation. Theoretical approaches, field techniques and statistical analyses will help prepare students for a career in fisheries or wildlife science. Lec/lab. Taught at HMSC. PREREQS: One year of introductory biology and nine credits of upper-division courses in Fisheries and Wildlife or biological sciences in their undergraduate program.

Top FW 470 ECOLOGY AND HISTORY: LANDSCAPES OF THE COLUMBIA BASIN (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Integrates environmental history and landscape ecology of the Columbia River Basin from geologic origins to the present, to create an understanding of change caused by natural processes and human activities. CROSSLISTED as HSTS 470/HSTS 570. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: (HST 201 and HST 202 and HST 203) or BI 370 or equivalent course work.

Top FW 473 FISH ECOLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Behavior of fishes as a mode of accommodation to various ecological and evolutionary constraints. Importance of heritable and learned patterns to population and community dynamics. Application of behavioral studies to the solution of management problems. Lec/lab/rec. PREREQS: ( (BI 370 [D-] or BI 370H [D-] ) and FW 315 [D-] )

Top FW 475 WILDLIFE BEHAVIOR (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Adaptive significance of egocentric and social behavior of wildlife species. Implications of behavior in sound management practice. PREREQS: 9 credits of upper-division biology.

Top FW 476 FISH PHYSIOLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Physiological specializations and adaptations of major groups of fishes. PREREQS: FW 315 [D-]

Top FW 477 AGE AND GROWTH OF FISH (3) 
An overview of the terminology, theory, assumptions, limitations, error, and processing and ageing techniques for different types of calcified structures used to age fishes. PREREQS: FW 454 [D-] and introductory statistics is highly recommended.

Top FW 479 WETLANDS AND RIPARIAN ECOLOGY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Ecology of riparian freshwater and estuarine wetlands of the Pacific Northwest. Effects of land use on ecosystem structure, function, biodiversity, and restoration will be explored. PREREQS: BI 370 or BI 371

Top FW 481 WILDLIFE ECOLOGY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Interrelationships of wildlife, environmental change. Predicting and measuring responses of wildlife to altered habitat conditions PREREQS: (BI 370 [D-] or BI 370H [D-] or BI 371 [D-] ) and /or equivalent

Top FW 485 CONSENSUS AND NATURAL RESOURCES (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Students will use a working group approach. They will select a natural resource topic, study the team process and interaction as a method of learning, explore the issue using systems practice, and strive for consensus on solutions to their issue. CROSSLISTED as ANS 485, FES 485/FES 585, SOC 485/SOC 585. (Bacc Core Course)

Top FW 488 PROBLEM SOLVING IN FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE SCIENCE (3)  Offered in current or future terms
The first of a two-course capstone sequence designed to introduce students to the synthesis of scientific information on species, habitats and ecosystems and the use of such data in shaping fisheries and wildlife conservation, management and policy. Includes a group problem solving project and case studies. For FW majors in their senior year. Lec/lab. PREREQS: (FW 320 [D-] and FW 321* [D-] ) and 400-level FW course work (e.g., FW 454 or FW 481 or FW 426)

Top FW 489 EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATIONS IN FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE SCIENCE (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Second of a two-course capstone sequence centered on analysis, synthesis, and interpretation of data and written and oral communication of management, education or policy statements. PREREQS: FW 488 [D-]

Top FW 497 AQUACULTURE (3)  Offered in current or future terms WIC Core Course
Principles and practices for the aquaculture of fish, shellfish, and algae. (Writing Intensive Course.) PREREQS: 9 credits of upper-division biology.

Top FW 499 SPECIAL TOPICS IN FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE (0-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Various topics in fisheries science and wildlife science. Taught at Hatfield Marine Science Center and Corvallis campus. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top FW 501 RESEARCH (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top FW 503 THESIS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 999 credits.

Top FW 505 READING AND CONFERENCE (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top FW 506 PROJECTS (1-6)  Offered in current or future terms
Projects are synthesis papers or outreach products that are developed with a mentor from campus, a natural resource agency, or the student's place of employment. The purpose of your project is to contribute to the field of study with a product that reflects the principles and applications learned in your classes. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits.

Top FW 507 SEMINAR (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Selected Topics. Taught at Hatfield Marine Science Center and Corvallis campus. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top FW 510 PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 10 credits.

Top FW 514 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: MEETING COMMUNICATIONS (1)  Offered in current or future terms
Fisheries and wildlife professionals use meetings of scientists, managers and stakeholders to communicate key findings and develop consensus recommendations for policy. This 1-credit experiential learning course will expose students to a scientific or management meeting in their chosen field (fisheries, wildlife, ecology, or conservation biology) and get them to think about how meetings function as well as their content. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 3 credits.

Top FW 515 FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE LAW AND POLICY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Provides students with an understanding of the key legal frameworks within which they will work to conserve fish and wildlife resources. Examines federal law and policy relating to allocation and conservation of fish and wildlife resources. PREREQS: PS 201 or other introductory political science course.

Top FW 519 THE NATURAL HISTORY OF WHALES AND WHALING (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Addresses the natural history of whales as a unique example of adaptation in an evolutionary lineage, and the history of whaling as a general example of the failings of international resource management. PREREQS: Some background in vertebrate ecology and evolution or genetics is recommended.

Top FW 520 ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT OF MARINE FISHES (3) 
A lecture and lab course that covers the ecology of marine fishes and important ecological principles that guide conservation and management. Life history, behavior, habitat, community dynamics and ecosystem processes are emphasized, along with alternative management strategies. PREREQS: FW 320 or equivalent population dynamics class and ichthyology.

Top FW 521 AQUATIC BIOLOGICAL INVASIONS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
An overview of the background, theory, evolution, ecology, politics and conservation of invasions by introduced species in aquatic environments. Taught at Hatfield Marine Science Center OR online through Ecampus. PREREQS: One year of university-level biology.

Top FW 522 INTRODUCTION TO OCEAN LAW (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Examination of US law and primary international law focused on fisheries management with coverage of regulation of other ocean resources including energy, marine mammals, endangered species, pollution, and protected areas. Final project is intended to provide students with hands-on exposure to real-world fisheries and ocean management issues.

Top FW 524 INTRODUCTION TO FISHERIES ASSESSMENT (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Fisheries management strategies rely on models that predict a population's responses to exploitation. This course introduces approaches commonly used to assess and evaluate the dynamics and status of a population. Provides an overview of the terminology, data requirements, underlying rationale, assumptions, limitations and uncertainty associated with stock assessments. PREREQS: College algebra and introductory statistics are recommended. For those unfamiliar with data collection and analysis methods in fisheries, FW 454/554, Fishery Biology, is a good precursor to this course.

Top FW 526 COASTAL ECOLOGY AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (5)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Study of the ecology and management of coastal marine and freshwater ecosystems as well as natural resources, emphasizing experimental (participatory) learning in a field station setting. Lec/lab.

Top FW 527 PRINCIPLES OF WILDLIFE DISEASES (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Ecological aspects of important diseases affecting North American wildlife will be discussed. Demonstrations will mainly cover migratory birds, carnivores and ruminants. Lec/lab. Ecampus sections do not use lab demonstrations. PREREQS: Junior standing or instructor approval required.

Top FW 531 DYNAMICS OF MARINE BIOLOGICAL RESOURCES (4) 
Strategies of marine fishery management. A synthesis of the principles of population dynamics for single- and multi-species systems from the viewpoint of a marine resource manager. Offered alternate years. Taught at Hatfield Marine Science Center OR online through Ecampus. PREREQS: BI 370 or BI 371 or equivalent course work.

Top FW 535 WILDLIFE IN AGRICULTURAL ECOSYSTEMS (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Examines the relationships between agricultural production and fish and wildlife populations and communities. Explores the impacts of agricultural practices on fish and wildlife. Field trips required; transportation fee charged. OSU Ecampus students are not required to attend field trips. PREREQS: BI 370 and FW 251 or equivalent course work.

Top FW 537 STRUCTURED DECISION MAKING IN NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (2) 
Structured decision making (SDM) is used for making natural resource management and policy decisions. It is an ideal framework for interdisciplinary teams to cooperate and identify the most effective management strategies. Graduate students from diverse backgrounds (natural resources, political science, others) are provided with an understanding of the SDM process. PREREQS: One year of college-level mathematics, one quarter of fish and wildlife management or similar course is recommended.

Top FW 538 STRUCTURED DECISION MAKING IN NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT LAB (2) 
Students who are taking or have taken FW 537 are provided with the understanding of and ability to employ the techniques needed to build models that are used during the structured decision-making process. The laboratory emphasizes the use of graphical models and basic statistical techniques for building decision-making models. Lec/lab. PREREQS: FW 537* [D-]

Top FW 540 VERTEBRATE POPULATION DYNAMICS (4) 
Concepts in population ecology and quantitative approaches to managing wildlife populations; methods of parameter estimation, model structure, assumptions, and analysis, applications to common management issues. PREREQS: Upper-division population ecology and basic statistics courses expected.

Top FW 545 ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION (4) 
Fundamentals of restoring and reclaiming disturbed landscapes and ecosystems. Topics to be covered include types and assessment of site conditions; determining restoration goals and feasibility; hydrologic, biotic, and soil functions and their importance in restoration; and measures of successful restoration. CROSSLISTED as FES 545. PREREQS: BI 370 or BI 370H or instructor approval required

Top FW 549 HISTORY OF FISHERIES SCIENCE (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Surveys the development of fisheries science, professionalization of the discipline, patronage, and the political, economic, and social context in which fisheries science operates. PREREQS: Graduate standing.

Top FW 551 AVIAN CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Identification, classification, life history strategies, ecology and management of upland and migratory birds. PREREQS: FW 311 or equivalent course work.

Top FW 554 FISHERY BIOLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Principles and methods used in studying the biology of fishes; ecological requirements of freshwater and anadromous fishes; principles and practices in sport fishery management. PREREQS: FW 315 and FW 320

Top FW 556 LIMNOLOGY (5)  Offered in current or future terms
Physical, chemical, and biological concepts in limnology and techniques related to aquatic resources and their management. Lec/lab. PREREQS: Senior standing.

Top FW 558 MAMMAL CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT (4)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
A thorough understanding of the management, conservation, and ecology of mammals in North America; includes population dynamics, harvest management, techniques to determine abundance, diets, reproduction, and the cultural and political variables that contribute to formulation of management programs. PREREQS: 9 credits of upper-division biological sciences.

Top FW 560 PSYCHOLOGY OF ENVIRONMENTAL DECISIONS (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Natural resource management and conservation programs have one thing in common: to be effective, they must consider how and why humans make decisions. This course approaches this topic from a psychological lens and will cover the psychological processes associated with making individual and group decisions, common biases and heuristics in our decision-making, and how these apply to diverse natural resource management and conservation issues. Students will learn how to take these aspects of human decision making into consideration when participating in or facilitating collaborative environmental programs.

Top FW 562 ECOSYSTEM SERVICES (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Introduces students to the ecological, economic, and social/ethical issues involved in the study of ecosystem services, with a major focus on biological components involved in ecosystem services. Topics covered include: 1) an introduction to the roles that living organisms play in the provision of ecosystem services, 2) the relationship of ecosystem functions and services, 3) the societal factors that influence this relationship, 4) general categories of ecosystem services, 5) identification of potential ecosystem services in terrestrial and aquatic systems, 6) an overview of the methods of valuation, and 7) translating ecosystems functions to services. Case studies will be used to illustrate key concepts and relationships within different ecological and social contexts. PREREQS: BI 370 or equivalent course work.

Top FW 563 CONSERVATION BIOLOGY OF WILDLIFE (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Overview of the field of conservation biology with emphasis on the relationship to conservation and management of wildlife.

Top FW 564 MARINE CONSERVATION BIOLOGY (3) 
Lectures, group library research, and class debates on current issues regarding the conservation of biodiversity in the sea. Topics include overfishing, invasive species, eutrophication, marine pollution, and global warming, as well as means of addressing these threats. PREREQS: BI 370 or BI 370H or equivalent. Seniors, postbacs, and graduate students only.

Top FW 569 BEHAVIOR AND PHYSIOLOGY OF MARINE MEGAFAUNA (3)  Offered in current or future terms
An in-depth study of marine megafauna (mammals, birds, turtles) with an emphasis on methods and analyses of behavior and physiology for conservation. Lab and field exercises include investigations into the behavior–physiology nexus of diving, migration, thermoregulation, energy expenditure, and mating systems. Research techniques to be explored will include, for example, tracking and remote biotelemetry monitoring technologies, respirometry, genetics, and direct field study observation. Theoretical approaches, field techniques and statistical analyses will help prepare students for a career in fisheries or wildlife science. Lec/lab. Taught at HMSC. PREREQS: One year of introductory biology and nine credits of upper-division courses in Fisheries and Wildlife or biological sciences in their undergraduate program.

Top FW 570 ECOLOGY AND HISTORY: LANDSCAPES OF THE COLUMBIA BASIN (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Integrates environmental history and landscape ecology of the Columbia River Basin from geologic origins to the present, to create an understanding of change caused by natural processes and human activities. CROSSLISTED as HSTS 470/HSTS 570. PREREQS: (HST 201 and HST 202 and HST 203) or BI 370 or equivalent course work.

Top FW 573 FISH ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Behavior of fishes as a mode of accommodation to various ecological and evolutionary constraints. Importance of heritable and learned patterns to population and community dynamics. Application of behavioral studies to the solution of management problems. PREREQS: BI 370 and FW 315 or equivalent course work.

Top FW 575 WILDLIFE BEHAVIOR (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Adaptive significance of egocentric and social behavior of wildlife species. Implications of behavior in sound management practice. PREREQS: 9 credits of upper-division biology.

Top FW 576 FISH PHYSIOLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Physiological specializations and adaptations of major groups of fishes. PREREQS: FW 315 or equivalent course work.

Top FW 579 WETLANDS AND RIPARIAN ECOLOGY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Ecology of riparian freshwater and estuarine wetlands of the Pacific Northwest. Effects of land use on ecosystem structure, function, biodiversity, and restoration will be explored. PREREQS: BI 370 or BI 371 or equivalent course work.

Top FW 580 STREAM ECOLOGY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Structure and function of stream ecosystems, with emphasis on biological processes; physical and chemical relations; riparian influences and landscape perspectives. PREREQS: 9 credits of upper-division science.

Top FW 581 WILDLIFE ECOLOGY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Interrelationships of wildlife, environment and humans. Evaluation of properties and habitats of wildlife populations. PREREQS: (BI 370 or BI 371) and FW 311 and FW 320 and ST 351 or equivalent course work.

Top FW 583 SPECIES RECOVERY PLANNING AND RESTORATION (3)  Offered in current or future terms
The importance of communication in science is stressed and a broad knowledge of endangered species-related information is provided. Students develop the ability to critically evaluate published information in scientific literature and to present and summarize it as part of the collaborative species recovery planning process with a varied audience of stakeholders. PREREQS: FW 563 and FW 573 or equivalent course work recommended.

Top FW 585 CONSENSUS AND NATURAL RESOURCES (3) 
Students will use a working group approach. They will select a natural resource topic, study the team process and interaction as a method of learning, explore the issue using systems practice, and strive for consensus on solutions to their issue. CROSSLISTED as ANS 485, FES 485/FES 585, SOC 485/SOC 585.

Top FW 597 AQUACULTURE (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Principles and practices for the aquaculture of fish, shellfish, and algae. PREREQS: 9 credits of upper-division biology.

Top FW 599 SPECIAL TOPICS IN FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE (0-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Various topics in fisheries science and wildlife science. Taught at Hatfield Marine Science Center and Corvallis campus. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits.

Top FW 603 THESIS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 999 credits.

Top FW 620 ECOLOGICAL POLICY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Policy issues associated with ecosystem management, risk assessment, biological diversity, ecosystem health, sustainability, invasive species, bioregionalism, globalization and transnational factors, and rights, ethics, and morals. PREREQS: Background in natural resources, environmental sciences, ecological sciences, ecological economics, political science, or similar discipline.



 
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