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

Also available via Ecampus.


Bruce Dugger, Associate Department Head of Academic Affairs, Professional Science Master's in Fisheries and Wildlife Administration Program 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.

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 the FW PSM program, email or contact the Associate Department Head of Academic Programs, Bruce Dugger, at 541-737-2465.

The 45-credit PSMFWA curriculum is organized into five main sections:

  1. Biophysical sciences core (20 credits)
  2. Social sciences core (12 credits)
  3. Business communication and management skills core (6 credits)
  4. Ethics (1 credit)
  5. Internship (6 credits)

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 and schedule of classes or consult with the program advisor.

Biophysical Sciences Core Courses (20 credits minimum):

Including at least 1 Quantitative Skills Course

Fisheries and Wildlife-Related Science
BOT 540. Field Methods in Plant Ecology (4)
FES/MCB/TOX 535. Genes and Chemicals in Agriculture: Value and Risk (3)
FES 536. Carbon Sequestration in Forests (2) 
FES 548. Biology of Invasive Plants (3)
FW 519. The Natural History of Whales and Whaling (3)
FW 521. Aquatic Biological Invasions (4)
FW 526. Coastal Ecology and Resource Management (5) can count as FW Core - or- Human Dimensions
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/FES 552. 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)
FW 563. Conservation Biology of Wildlife (3)
FW 564. Marine Conservation Biology (3)
   or BI 564. Marine Conservation Biology (3) [Terminated 201703]
FW 565. Marine Fisheries (4)
FW 570. Ecology and History: Landscapes of the Columbia Basin (3)
   or HSTS 570. Ecology and History: Landscapes of the Columbia Basin (3) [Terminated 201801]
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 (3)
FW 597. Aquaculture (3)
FW 599. Special Topics in Fisheries and Wildlife (2–4)
MNR 530. Tropical Forest Ecology and Management: A Global Perspective (3)
NSE 588. Radioecology (3)
SNR 530. Ecological Principles of Sustainable Natural Resources (3)
SNR 540. Global Environmental Change (3)

Quantitative Skills in FW Science (1 course minimum)
BEE 511. Global Environmental Change: Using Data to Inform Decisions (3)
CH 584. Instruments and Online Interactions in the Sciences (3)
CH 590 Computer Programming for Scientists (3)
FES/MNR 522. Research Methods in Social Science (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 540. Vertebrate Population Dynamics (4)
GEO 544. Remote Sensing (4) [Terminated 201701]
   or GEOG 580. Remote Sensing I: Principles and Applications (4)
GEO 565. Geographic Information Systems and Science (4) [Terminated 201701]
   or GEOG 560. GIScience I: Introduction to Geographic Information Science (4)
MCB/VMB 671. Molecular Tools (3)
ST 511. Methods of Data Analysis (4) (Continues as ST 512, ST 513)

Social Sciences Core Courses (12 credits minimum)

Required (5 credits):

FW 537. Structured Decision Making in Natural Resource Management (2)
FW 620. Ecological Policy (3)
   or FW 515. Fisheries and Wildlife Law and Policy (3)

Plus 7 additional credits, with at least one course from each group:

Policy Courses
AEC 532. Environmental Law (4)
FES/HORT 555. Urban Forest Planning, Policy and Management (4)
FW 522. Introduction to Ocean Law (3)
GEOG 550. Land Use in the American West (3)
   or GEO 523. Land Use in the American West (3) [Terminated 201701]
PS 555. The Politics of Climate Change (4)
PS 575. Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
PS 576. Science and Politics (4)
PS 577. International Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
WRP 523. Environmental Water Transactions (3)

Human Dimensions Courses
AEC 534. Environmental and Resource Economics (3)
AEC 544 Commodity Futures and Options Markets (4)
AEC/MRM 552. Marine Economics (3)
FES/MCB/TOX 535. Genes and Chemicals in Agriculture: Value and Risk (3)
FES 554. Managing at the Wildland-Urban Interface (3)
FES 585. Consensus and Natural Resources (3)
   or ANS/FW/SOC 585. Consensus and Natural Resources (3) [Terminated 201801]
FW 526. Coastal Ecology and Resource Management (5) can count as FW Core -or- Human Dimensions
FW 549. History of Fisheries Science (3)
FW 583. Species Recovery Planning and Restoration (3)
GEOG 541. International Water Resources Management (3)
   or GEO 524. International Water Resources Management (3) [Terminated 201702]
GEOG 540. Water Resources Management in the United States (3)
   or GEO 525. Water Resources Management in the United States (3) [Terminated 201702]
PHL 543. World Views and Environmental Values (3)
SNR 511. Sustainable Natural Resource Development (1)
SNR 520. Social Aspects of Sustainable Natural Resources (3)
SNR 521. Economics of Sustainable Natural Resource Management (3)
SNR 535. Sustainable Management of Aquatic and Riparian Resources (3)
SNR 540. Global Environmental Change (3)
SOC 580. Environmental Sociology (4)
SOC 581. Society and Natural Resources (4)
WGSS 540. Women and Natural Resources (3)

Business, Communication, and Management Skills Core Courses (6 credits minimum)

AG 521. Writing in Agriculture (3)
AHE 534. Organizations and Systems Theory (4)
COMM 550. Communication and the Practice of Science (3)
FES 593. Environmental Interpretation (4) [Terminated 201802]
FW 514. Professional Development: Meeting Communications (1)
PS 579. Topics in Public Policy and Public Administration (4) [Terminated 201601]
WR 525. Advanced Scientific and Technical Writing (4)
WRP 521. Water Conflict Management and Transformation (3)

Ethics (1 credit minimum)

GRAD 520. Responsible Conduct of Research (2)
PHL 540. Environmental Ethics (3)
PHL 547. Research Ethics (3)
SNR 522. Basic Beliefs and Ethics in Natural Resources (3)

Internship (6 credits minimum)

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

Total Credits=45 minimum

All courses on these lists are available online. Students taking on-campus or hybrid courses may find logical substitutions that can be approved by the program director.

Major Code: 1331