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Fisheries and Wildlife Administration Graduate Major (PSM) Major/Option offered thru Ecampus - Distance Ed

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College of Agricultural Sciences | Fisheries and Wildlife

Selina Heppell, Director
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
104 Nash Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331

The Professional Science Master’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Administration (PSMFWA) provides advanced training for early- and mid-career professionals employed by natural resources agencies, non-government organizations, and other entities with a need for expertise in fisheries and wildlife science. Applicants must have at least 5 years of experience working in a natural resource field. The PSMFWA degree will help employers meet workforce planning goals and contribute to self-improvement goals of current employees.

The 57-credit PSMFWA curriculum is organized into four main sections:

  1. Biophysical sciences core (23 credits)
  2. Social sciences core (16 credits)
  3. Business communication and management skills core (12 credits)
  4. Internship (6 credits)

It is taught primarily as a distance, online curriculum via Ecampus, although some students may choose to work toward the PSMFWA degree while in residence at OSU or at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.

The PSMFWA degree is offered as a non-thesis program only. Students have an advisor and graduate committee to review their program of study, provide career and internship advice, and evaluate a final report based on the internship experience.

For general information about PSM programs, visit the PSM website or contact the PSM Director, 2082 Cordley Hall, Corvallis OR 97331, 541-737-5259; email:

Course substitutions must be approved by the program coordinator.

Most of our courses are offered through Ecampus, but some may be offered through Corvallis, Cascades or Hatfield Marine Science Center. Please check course offerings through the online Catalog or consult with the program advisor.

Biophysical Sciences Core Courses (23 credits min)


FW 537. Structured Decision Making in Natural Resource Management (2)

Plus 21 additional credits, with at least one Skills course:

Fisheries and Wildlife-Related Science
BEE 512. Physical Hydrology (3)
BOT 540. Field Methods in Vegetation Science (4)
FES 536. Carbon Sequestration in Forests (2)
FES 537. Belowground Ecosystems (3)
FES 548. Biology of Invasive Plants (3)
FW 519. The Natural History of Whales and Whaling (3)
FW 520. Ecology and Management of Marine Fishes (3)
FW 521. Aquatic Biological Invasions (4)
FW 526. Coastal Ecology and Resource Management (5)
FW 527. Principles of Wildlife Diseases (4)
FW 535. Wildlife in Agricultural Ecosystems (3)
FW/FES 545. Ecological Restoration (4)
FW 551. Avian Conservation and Management (3)
FW 553. Forest Wildlife Habitat Management (4)
FW 554. Fishery Biology (4)
FW 556. Limnology (5)
FW 558. Mammal Conservation and Management (4)
FW 562. Ecosystem Services (3) Counts as FW core OR Human Dimensions
FW 563. Conservation Biology of Wildlife (3)
FW/BI 564. Marine Conservation Biology (3)
FW 565. Marine Fisheries (4)
FW/HSTS 570. Ecology and History: Landscapes of the Columbia Basin (3)
FW 573. Fish Ecology and Conservation (4)
FW 575. Wildlife Behavior (4)
FW 576. Fish Physiology (4)
FW 579. Wetlands and Riparian Ecology (3)
FW 580. Stream Ecology (3)
FW 581. Wildlife Ecology (4)
FW 599. Special Topics in Fisheries and Wildlife (2–4)
SNR 530. Ecological Principles of Sustainable Natural Resources (3)
SNR 540. Global Environmental Change (3)

Quantitative Skills in FW Science
FW 524. Introduction to Fisheries Assessment (3)
FW 531. Dynamics of Marine Biological Resources (4)
FW 538. Structured Decision Making in Natural Resource Mgmt Lab (2)
FW 540. Vertebrate Population Dynamics (4)
GEO 544. Remote Sensing (4)
GEO 565. Geographic Information Systems and Science (4)
ST 511. Methods of Data Analysis (4) (Continues as ST 512, ST 513)

Social Sciences Core Courses (16 credits min.)


ANS/FES/FW/SOC 585. Consensus and Natural Resources (3)
FW 620. Ecological Policy (3)
   or FW 515. Fisheries and Wildlife Law and Policy (3)

Plus 10 additional credits, with at least one course from each group:

Policy Courses
AREC/AEC 532. Environmental Law (4)
ES 544. Native American Law: Tribes, Treaties, and the United States (4)
FW 522. Introduction to Ocean Law (3)
GEO 523. Land Use in the American West (3)
PS 575. Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
PS 576. Science and Politics (4)
PS 577. International Environmental Politics and Policy (4)

Human Dimensions Courses
ANTH 581. Natural Resources and Community Values (4)
AREC/AEC 534. Environmental and Resource Economics (3)
AREC/AEC/MRM 552. Marine Economics (3)
FES 592. Ecosystem Services Ecology, Sociology, Policy (3)
FW 562. Ecosystem Services (3) Counts as FW core OR Human Dimensions
GEO 524. International Water Resource Management (3)
GEO 525. Water Resources Management in the United States (3)
MNR 511. Introduction to Sustainable Natural Resources (3)
SNR 520. Social Aspects of Sustainable Natural Resources (3)
SNR 521. Economics of Sustainable Natural Resource Management (3)
SNR 522. Basic Beliefs and Ethics in Natural Resources (3)
SNR 535. Sustainable Management of Aquatic and Riparian Resources (3)
PHL 540. Environmental Ethics (3)
PHL 543. World Views and Environmental Values (3)
PHL 547. Research Ethics (3)
SOC 556. Science and Technology in Social Context (4)
SOC 580. Environmental Sociology (4)
SOC 581. Society and Natural Resources (4)

Business, Communication, and Management Skills Core Courses (12 credits min.)

COMM 550. Communication and the Practice of Science (3)
FES 593. Environmental Interpretation (4)
FW 514. Professional Development: Meeting Communications (1)
PS 579. Topics in Public Policy and Public Administration (4)
PSM 513. Professional Skills (3)
PSM 525. Advanced Scientific and Technical Writing (4)
PSM 565. Accounting and Finance for Scientists (3)
PSM 566. Project Management and Marketing Scientific Technologies (3)
PSM 567. Innovation Management (PSM capstone) (3)
PSM 599. Special Topics (3)
WRP 521. Water Conflict Management and Transformation (3)
WRP 599. Special Topics (1–16)

Internship (6 credits min.)

FW 510 Professional Internship (1–16)
   or FW 506. Projects (1–6)

Total Credits=57 minimum

Major/Option offered thru Ecampus - Distance Ed - Signifies that the Major/Option can be completed thru Ecampus - Distance Ed

Major Code: 1331

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