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Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Undergraduate Major (BS, HBS) Major/Option offered thru Ecampus - Distance Ed

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College of Agricultural Sciences | Fisheries and Wildlife


Also available via Ecampus.

 

The undergraduate curriculum for the Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences BS degree (180 credits) is composed of core courses as well as specializations of 24 credits. The core represents the educational foundation of fish and wildlife conservation, and the specializations provide students with an opportunity to build their curriculum to meet specific goals. Working with faculty in formal and informal settings, students are encouraged to become engaged in designing their own education. The core courses required of all students seeking the BS degree are listed below.

For further information, see the Fisheries and Wildlife website at http://fw.oregonstate.edu/.



Specializations

Through the specialization, undergraduate students are encouraged to become engaged in designing their own education. Students work with faculty in formal and informal settings to define career and life goals and then develop a course of study to achieve those goals. Specialization plans should be developed during the junior year and will be presented to the faculty for review and comment. Specializations must contain at least 24 credits and must be upper division with four lower-division credits allowed. No courses included may be taken for a satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) grade. A maximum of two courses may be completed prior to approval of the specialization. Additional upper-division credits taken prior to approval of the specialization may be allowed through petition to advisor. Double counting (when credit is given twice for a course) is not permitted between the specialization and other university or departmental course work except in the following circumstances:

  1. The writing intensive courses (WIC) may double count with the OSU Baccalaureate Core requirements;
  2. Students completing their first BS degree may apply 12 credits from the minor towards the specialization (requires approval by advisor in minor department and FW advisor);
  3. Postbaccalaureate students who are completing their second degree may use a maximum of 12 credits from their first degree towards their specialization (approved by FW advisor).

Specializations are given titles to reflect their content, but titles must not substantially duplicate titles of existing degree programs. Examples of specializations include forest wildlife management, stream ecology, fish and wildlife law enforcement, marine fisheries, aquaculture, avian conservation and management, conservation education and extension, fisheries business, human dimensions of resource management, conservation biology, and many others. Specializations may include typical on-campus courses, special field courses (when college credit is earned), a full term of course work at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon, or one or more terms of international exchange. A maximum of 12 credits in any combination of FW 401 Research and FW 410 International Internship can be used towards the specialization. Combined with required internships and a capstone course, fisheries and wildlife sciences graduates will be well-prepared to begin professional careers in fish and wildlife conservation, or to continue their education in graduate school. For those students unsure of their professional goals or seeking diversity in course work, a broad specialization may be declared.

Specialization guidelines may be viewed at http://fw.oregonstate.edu/department-fisheries-and-wildlife/undergraduate/curricula-course-offerings.

Internships

One of the best avenues to a permanent job in fisheries and wildlife is through a strong internship and temporary employment or volunteer positions. Students are required to complete a minimum of two internships or other approved alternative experiences (one of each type) for their degree. There are two types of internships: exploratory (1–2 credits) and intensive (3–6 credits). Students are encouraged to start gaining professional experience by volunteering or interning with a natural resource agency as early as possible, and no later than their junior year. This requirement is listed as FW 410, Internship (2 required) (4–6), under the Fisheries and Wildlife Core below.

Baccalaureate Core


Skills Courses (16 credits)

Fitness
HHS 231 *Lifetime Fitness for Health (2)
HHS 241 *Lifetime Fitness (1)
   or approved Physical Activity Course (PAC)

Mathematics
Met with Fisheries and Wildlife Core.

Speech
Met with Fisheries and Wildlife Communications.

Writing I
Met with Fisheries and Wildlife Communications.

Writing II
Met with Fisheries and Wildlife Communications.

Perspective Courses (24 credits)

No more than two courses (or lecture/lab combinations) from any one department may be used by a student to satisfy the Perspectives category of the core. Please reference the baccalaureate core catalog for further clarification: http://catalog.oregonstate.edu/bcc.aspx.

Biological Science (Lecture/Lab)
Met with Fisheries and Wildlife Core

Cultural Diversity (CD)
Please reference the baccalaureate core course catalog for a list of approved courses: http://catalog.oregonstate.edu/bcc.aspx.

Literature and the Arts (LA)
Please reference the baccalaureate core course catalog for a list of approved courses: http://catalog.oregonstate.edu/bcc.aspx.

Physical Science (Lecture/Lab or Lab)
Met with Fisheries and Wildlife Physical and Earth Sciences section

Social Processes and Institutions (SPI)
Please reference the baccalaureate core course catalog for a list of approved courses: http://catalog.oregonstate.edu/bcc.aspx.

Western Culture (WC)
Please reference the baccalaureate core course catalog for a list of approved courses: http://catalog.oregonstate.edu/bcc.aspx.

Difference, Power, and Discrimination Courses (DPD) (3 credits)

Met with Fisheries and Wildlife Human Dimensions section

Synthesis Courses (6 credits)

The two courses used to fulfill the Synthesis requirement may not be in the same department.

Contemporary Global Issues (CGI)
Please reference Baccalaureate Core course catalog for approved courses: http://catalog.oregonstate.edu/bcc.aspx

Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
Please reference Baccalaureate Core course catalog for approved courses: http://catalog.oregonstate.edu/bcc.aspx

Writing Intensive Course (WIC) (3–4 credits)

Select one course from below:
FW 435. ^Wildlife in Agricultural Ecosystems (3)
FW/FES 439. ^Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Management (3)
FW 454. ^Fishery Biology (4)
FW 497. ^Aquaculture (3)

Communications (9 credits)

COMM 111. *Public Speaking (3)
  or COMM 114. *Argument and Critical Discourse (3)
  or COMM 211. *Communicating Online (3)
WR 121. *English Composition (3)
WR 222. *English Composition (3)
  or HC 199. *Honors Writing–Science (3)
  or WR 327. *Technical Writing (3)
  or WR 362. *Science Writing (3)

Fisheries and Wildlife Core (69–71 credits)

BI 211, BI 212, BI 213. *Principles of Biology (4,4,4)
   or BI 204, BI 205, BI 206. *Introductory Biology I, II, III (4,4,4)
BI 370. Ecology (3)
CH 121. General Chemistry (5) and CH 122, CH 123. *General Chemistry (5,5)
   or CH 231, CH 232, CH 233. *General Chemistry (4,4,4) and CH 261, CH 262, CH 263. *Laboratory for Chemistry 231, 232, 233 (1,1,1)
FW 107. Orientation to Fisheries and Wildlife (1)
FW 209. Career Skills in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences (1)
FW 251. Principles of Fish and Wildlife Conservation (3)
FW 255. Field Sampling of Fish and Wildlife (3)
FW 289. Communication Skills for Fisheries and Wildlife Professionals (4)
FW 307. Specialization Development (1)
FW 320. Introductory Population Dynamics (4)
FW 321. Applied Community and Ecosystem Ecology (3)
FW 410. Internship (2 required) (4–6)
FW 488. Problem Solving in Fisheries and Wildlife Science (3)
MTH 241. *Calculus for Management and Social Science (4)
  or MTH 245. *Mathematics for Management, Life, and Social Sciences (4)
  or MTH 251. *Differential Calculus (4)
ST 351, ST 352. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4,4)

Vertebrate Biology (7–11 credits)

Select one of the following (3–4 credits):
BI/FW 302. Biology and Conservation of Marine Mammals (4)
FW 311. Ornithology (3)
FW 315. Ichthyology (3)
FW 317. Mammalogy (3)
FW 331. Ecology of Marine and Estuarine Birds (4)
Z 473. Herpetology (3)

Select one of the following (2–3 credits):
FW 312. Systematics of Birds (2)
FW 316. Systematics of Fishes (3)
FW 318. Systematics of Mammals (2)
Z 474. Systematic Herpetology (2)

Select one additional course from the preceding two lists (2–4 credits)

Advanced Core (18–26 credits)

Choose one course from each of the following categories, and one additional course from any category. ^WIC courses may double count.

Genetics and Evolution, select one from below (3–5 credits):
ANS 378. Animal Genetics (4)
BI 311. Genetics (4)
BI 345. *Introduction to Evolution (3)
FW 370. Conservation Genetics (4)
PBG 430. Plant Genetics (3)

Behavior and Physiology, select one from below (3–4 credits):
ANS 311. Principles of Animal Nutrition (3)
ANS 314. Animal Physiology (4)
FW 469. Methods in Physiology and Behavior of Marine Megafauna (3)
FW 471. Environmental Physiology of Fishes (4)
FW 474. Early Life History of Fishes (4)
FW 475. Wildlife Behavior (4)
FW 476. Fish Physiology (4)
Z 350. Animal Behavior (3)
Z 423. Environmental Physiology (3)
Z 431. Vertebrate Physiology I (3)
Z 432. Vertebrate Physiology II (3)

Habitats and Ecosystems, select one from below (3–5 credits):
BI 351. Marine Ecology (3)
FES 341. Forest Ecology (3)
FES 342. Forest Types of the Northwest (3)
FES 440. Wildlife Fire Ecology (3)
FW 345. *Global Change Biology (CGI) (3) (Pending Approval)
FW 426. Coastal Ecology and Resource Management (5)
FW/OC 434. Estuarine Ecology (4)
FW 435. ^Wildlife in Agricultural Ecosystems (3)
FW/FES 445. Ecological Restoration (4)
FW/FES 452. Biodiversity Conservation in Managed Forests (3)
FW 456. Limnology (5)
FW 462. Ecosystem Services (3)
FW 467. Antarctic Science and Conservation (4)
FW 479. Wetlands and Riparian Ecology (3)
RNG 341. Rangeland Ecology and Management (3)

Species Conservation and Management, select one from below (3–4 credits):
FW 419. The Natural History of Whales and Whaling (3)
FW 427. Principles of Wildlife Diseases (4)
FW 451. Avian Conservation and Management (3)
FW 454. ^Fishery Biology (4)
FW 458. Mammal Conservation and Management (4)
FW/BI 464. Marine Conservation Biology (3)
FW 465. Marine Fisheries (4)
FW 473. Fish Ecology (4)
FW 481. Wildlife Ecology (3)
FW/MB 491. Fish Diseases in Conservation Biology and Aquaculture (3)

Botany, select one from below (3–4 credits):
BOT 313. Plant Structure (4)
BOT 321. Plant Systematics (4)
BOT 323. ^Flowering Plants of the World (3)
BOT 331. Plant Physiology (4)
BOT 341. Plant Ecology (4)
BOT 416. Aquatic Botany (4)
BOT 440. Field Methods in Plant Ecology (4)
BOT 442. Plant Population Ecology (3)
BOT 488. Environmental Physiology of Plants (3)
RNG 353. Wildland Plant Identification (4)

Physical and Earth Sciences (9–14 credits):

Choose three courses from the two categories below. No more than two courses may be selected from one category. (CGI) and (STS) courses can double count with baccalaureate core. (CGI) and (STS) courses cannot be from the same department.

Physics, Math, and Chemistry

Select no more than two from below, cannot double count with FW Core:
CH 130. General Chemistry of Living Systems (4)
CH 331. Organic Chemistry (4)
CH 332. Organic Chemistry (4)
CH 390. Environmental Chemistry (3)
MTH 241. *Calculus for Management and Social Science (4)
MTH 251. *Differential Calculus (4)
MTH 252. Integral Calculus (4)
OC 450. Chemical Oceanography (3)
PH 201. *General Physics (5)
PH 202. *General Physics (5)
PH 205. *Solar System Astronomy (4)
PH 206. *Stars and Stellar Evolution (4)
PH 207. *Galaxies, Quasars, and Cosmology (4)
PH 211. *General Physics with Calculus (4)
PH 212. *General Physics with Calculus (4)
PH 331. *Sound, Hearing, and Music (STS) (3)
PH 332. *Light, Vision, and Color (STS) (3)

Earth Sciences

Select no more than two from below:
ATS 201. *Climate Science (4)
GEO 201. *Physical Geology (4)
GEO 202. *Earth Systems Science (4)
GEO 203. *Evolution of Planet Earth (4)
GEO 221. *Environmental Geology (4)
GEO 305. *Living with Active Cascade Volcanoes (STS) (3)
GEO 306. *Minerals, Energy, Water, and the Environment (STS) (3)
GEO 307. *National Park Geology and Preservation (STS) (3)
GEO 308. *Global Change and Earth Sciences (CGI) (3)
OC 201. *Oceanography (4)
OC 332. Coastal Oceanography (3)
SOIL 205. *Soil Science (3) and SOIL 206 *Soil Science Laboratory for SOIL 205 (1) Corvallis campus only.
   or CSS 205. *Soil Science (4) Ecampus only.
   or CSS 305. Principles of Soil Science (4) EOU campus only.

Human Dimensions (9–11 credits)

Select one course from each of the lists below. (CGI), (STS), (WC), (SPI), and (DPD) courses can double count as baccalaureate core. (CGI) and (STS) courses cannot be from the same department.

Difference, Power and Discrimination—select one:
AG 301. *Ecosystem Science of Pacific NW Indians (DPD) (3)
FW 340. *Multicultural Perspectives in Natural Resources (DPD) (3)
GEO 309. *Environmental Justice (DPD) (3)

Environmental Law, Policy and Economics—select one:
AEC 250. *Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy (SPI) (3)
AEC 253. *Environmental Law, Policy, and Economics (WC) (4)
AEC 351. *Natural Resource Economics and Policy (CGI) (3)
AEC/ECON 352. *Environmental Economics and Policy (CGI) (3)
AEC 432. Environmental Law (4)
FOR 462. Natural Resource Law and Policy (3)
FW 350. *Endangered Species, Society and Sustainability (STS) (3)
FW 415. Fisheries and Wildlife Law and Policy (3)
FW 422. Introduction to Ocean Law (3)
PS 475. Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
PS 477. International Environmental Politics and Policy (4)

Other—select one:
ANTH 477. Ecological Anthropology (4)
ANTH 481. *Natural Resources and Community Values (STS) (3)
BOT 322. Economic and Ethnobotany: Role of Plants in Human Culture (3)
FES 354. Communities, Natural Areas, and Sustainable Tourism (3)
FES 355. Management for Multiple Resource Values (3)
FES 360. Collaboration and Conflict Management (3)
FES 422. Research Methods in Social Science (4)
FES 485. *Consensus and Natural Resources (STS) (3)
FES 493. Environmental Interpretation (4)
FW 324. *Food from the Sea (CGI) (3)
FW 325. *Global Crises in Resource Ecology (CGI) (3)
FW/FES 439. ^Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Management (WIC) (3)
FW 360. *Origins of F&W Management–Evolution, Genetics, and Ecology (STS) (3)
GEOG 340. *Introduction to Water Science and Policy (STS) (3)
HST 481. *Environmental History of the United States (STS) (4)
PHL 440. *Environmental Ethics (CGI) (3)
PHL/REL 443. *World Views and Environmental Values (CGI) (3)
PS 461. Environmental Political Theory (4)
PS 476. *Science and Politics (STS) (4)
SOC 480. *Environmental Sociology (CGI) (4)
SOC 481. *Society and Natural Resources (STS) (4)

Specialization (24 credits)


Total Minimum Credits=180


Footnotes:

* Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)


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Major Code: 733

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