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Fisheries Management Graduate Certificate (CERT) Major/Option offered thru Ecampus - Distance Ed

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College of Agricultural Sciences | Fisheries and Wildlife


Fisheries management is facing unprecedented challenges. Scientists, decision makers, and stakeholders must work together to rebuild over-fished stocks, implement ecosystem-based approaches, design global fisheries agreements, sustain coastal fishing communities, reduce over-capacity and increase the cost-effectiveness of research and management.

Oregon State University’s Graduate Certificate in Fisheries Management integrates diverse approaches and perspectives to find effective solutions for complex fisheries management problems at all levels, local to international.

Certificate Overview:

The graduate certificate is available for completion online or on-campus and is designed to accommodate the needs of private, agency and NGO professionals, decision-makers and graduate students in the U.S. and other nations.

Current Graduate Students: You must notify the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife of your intention to pursue this certificate. Upon consultation with the certificate program directors, you will be given instructions regarding listing courses on your program of study and obtaining the required signature for that form.

For more information, please see our program site on the Ecampus website at http://ecampus.oregonstate.edu/online-degrees/graduate/fisheries-management/ and our departmental website at http://fw.oregonstate.edu or contact the program coordinator at fw.gradadvising@oregonstate.edu.

Professionals and other students: You must notify the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife of your intention to pursue this certificate.

Please contact Certificate Program Director Dr. Selina Heppell, selina.heppell@oregonstate.edu, or Graduate Program Coordinator Lisa Pierson, lisa.pierson@oregonstate.edu.



The certificate requires:

Courses are offered on-campus, at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, and/or online. Check the course catalog and schedule of classes for location and term offered.

Capstone project

FW 506. Projects (3 credits)

Human Dimensions Subject Area

Select at least 2 courses for a minimum 6 credits from below:
ANS/FES/FW/SOC 585. Consensus and Natural Resources (3)
ANTH 581. Natural Resources and Community Values (4)
AREC 534. Environmental and Resource Economics (3)
AREC 552. Marine Economics (3)
COMM 540. Theories of Conflict and Conflict Management (3)
COMM 542. Bargaining and Negotiation Processes (3)
COMM 544. Third Parties in Dispute Resolution: Mediation/Arbitration (3)
COMM 546. Communication in International Conflict and Disputes (3)
FW 514. Professional Development: Meeting Communications (1)
FW 515. Fisheries and Wildlife Law and Policy (3)
FW 522. Introduction to Ocean Law (3)
FW 537. Structured Decision Making in Natural Resource Management (2)
FW 620. Ecological Policy (3)
MRM 521. Ocean Law (3)
MRM 530. Principles and Practice of Marine Resource Management (3)
MRM 535. Rights-Based Fisheries Management (3)
PS 575. Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
PS 576. Science and Politics (4)
PS 577. International Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
SOC 580. Environmental Sociology (4)
SOC 581. Society and Natural Resources (4)

Fisheries Science and Ecology Subject Area:

Select at least 2 courses for a minimum 6 credits from below:
FE 530. Watershed Processes (4)
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 524. Introduction to Fisheries Assessment (3)
FW 531. Dynamics of Marine Biological Resources (4)
FW 538. Structured Decision Making in Natural Resource Management Lab (2)
FW/FES 545. Ecological Restoration (4)
FW 554. Fishery Biology (4)
FW 556. Limnology (5)
FW 562. Ecosystem Services (3)
FW 564. Marine Conservation Biology (3)
FW 565. Marine Fisheries (4)
FW 571. Environmental Physiology of Fishes (4)
FW 573. Fish Ecology and Conservation (4)
FW 574/OC 574. Early Life History of Fishes (4)
FW 576. Fish Physiology (4)
FW 579. Wetlands and Riparian Ecology (3)
FW 580. Stream Ecology (3)
FW 597. Aquaculture (3)
FW 599. Special Topics (2 or 4)
FW 620. Ecological Policy (3)
OEAS 540. The Biogeochemical Earth (4)
TOX 555. Ecotoxicology: Aquatic Ecosystems (3)

Total=18 credits

Other courses may be substituted upon approval of the certificate director.


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

Major Code: CG08

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