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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 112 SCIENCE OF FLY FISHING TROUT (1) 
Uses fly fishing as a window into the larger world of science, art, and conservation, and more specifically into the structure and function of freshwater ecosystems. This class requires students to be concurrently registered for The Literature of Fly Fishing for Trout through English (ENG 225), and the Art of Fly Fishing through Physical Activity Courses (PAC 331). COREQS: ENG 225, PAC 331

Top FW 113 INTRODUCTION TO MARINE LIFE IN THE SEA-MARINE BIRDS AND MAMMALS (1) 
Introduces first- and second-year undergraduates, teachers and non-degree students to the breadth of marine science course offerings and research at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center located in Newport, Oregon. Using an experiential based format, students collect field data to better understand marine mammals (whales, dolphins and porpoises), seabirds, and their interactions with their environment. Lec/lab. 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 199H SPECIAL STUDIES (1-16) 
Graded P/N. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

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 Has Extra Fees
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 303 SURVEY OF GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS IN NATURAL RESOURCE (3) 
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 Has Extra Fees
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 Has Extra Fees
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) 
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)  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) 
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 Has Extra Fees
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)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
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)  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)  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 370 CONSERVATION GENETICS (4) 
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 403 THESIS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 32 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top FW 405 READING AND CONFERENCE (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 407H SEMINAR (1-16) 
Graded P/N. Taught at Hatfield Marine Science Center. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top FW 408 WORKSHOP (1-16) 
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) 
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) 
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) 
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) 
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) 
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) 
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 434 ESTUARINE ECOLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Integrated and synthetic training in the ecological processes of estuarine environments, with emphases on ecological interactions among organisms and the biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nitrogen. Topics include geomorphology, estuarine physics and chemistry, primary and secondary producers, ecosystem metabolism, element cycling, food webs, fisheries, restoration, management, and impacts of climate. Field trip required, transportation fee charged. CROSSLISTED as OC 434/OC 534.

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 445 ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION (4)  Offered in current or future terms
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 Has Extra Fees
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 Has Extra Fees
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) 
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)  Offered in current or future terms
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 465 MARINE FISHERIES (4)  Offered in current or future terms
A global perspective on commercial fish and shellfish harvesting with emphasis on fishing technology and policy issues. Offered fall term in odd years. PREREQS: FW 315 or equivalent.

Top FW 467 ANTARCTIC SCIENCE AND CONSERVATION (4) 
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) 
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 471 ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSIOLOGY OF FISHES (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Principles of the functional biology of fishes with emphasis on environmental interactions and management implications. PREREQS: FW 315 and (BI 370 or BI 371) or equivalent course work.

Top FW 472 ADVANCED ICHTHYOLOGY (3) 
Evolution of fishes with emphasis on the role of ontogeny; cladistic methodology and classification contrasted with traditional taxonomic approaches. PREREQS: Two years upper-division fisheries or zoology.

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 474 EARLY LIFE HISTORY OF FISHES (4) 
Overview of diversity of development patterns in fishes; emphasis on morphology, life history, and evolution. Offered alternate years. PREREQS: FW 315 or equivalent.

Top FW 475 WILDLIFE BEHAVIOR (4) 
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) 
Physiological specializations and adaptations of major groups of fishes. PREREQS: FW 315 [D-]

Top FW 479 WETLANDS AND RIPARIAN ECOLOGY (3) 
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 491 FISH DISEASES IN CONSERVATION BIOLOGY AND AQUACULTURE (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Introduction to diseases of fish including pathogens important to aquaculture and ornamental industries as well as to wild fish populations and conservation programs. CROSSLISTED as MB 491/MB 591. PREREQS: 9 credits of upper-division fisheries biology.

Top FW 493 FIELD METHODS FOR MARINE RESEARCH (3) 
The primary focus is providing hands-on experience in a small class exploring various field sampling methodologies, research planning logistics, and field operations in estuary and nearshore environments. Topics covered include measurement and collection methods, animal handling techniques, equipment care and handling, sampling strategy, experimental design, data management planning and, if possible, small boat work. PREREQS: One year of biology

Top FW 496 FISH DISEASES IN CONSERVATION BIOLOGY AND AQUACULTURE LAB (2) 
This laboratory complements lectures in FW/MB 491/591, with students learning basic necropsy techniques; identification of bacterial, viral and metazoan pathogens; and molecular identification methods. CROSSLISTED as MB 496/MB 596. PREREQS: MB 303 or other upper-division laboratory course.

Top FW 497 AQUACULTURE (3)  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 498 AQUACULTURE LABORATORY (3) 
Biology and culture requirements of fish, shellfish, and algae. Emphasis on laboratory culture techniques and practical experience in handling organisms. Taught at Hatfield Marine Science Center. 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.



 
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