Montana State University

Department Course Descriptions

Biology Courses / Fish and Wildlife (WILD) Management Courses

BIOLOGY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Descriptions are in numerical order rather than rubric order in this arrangement.

Upperdivision courses are numbered 300 and 400. Graduate courses are numbered 500 and above. For admission to upper division (numbered 300 or higher) Biology (BIOB, BIOE, BIOO, BIOM) and Fish and Wildlife Management (WILD) courses, students must have completed at least 45 total university credits with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 for all courses and have also earned a "C-"or better for any prerequisite courses.  Limited exceptions may be made by consent of instructor. Any student who obtains enrollment in an upper division biology course without satisfying these requirements will be required to withdraw from the course.

 

The MSU Course Equivalency Tool will provide the former rubric for each course or prerequisite. 

BIOB 100IN - ORGANISM FUNCTION
3 credits, Lecture
Offered in fall semesters
Provide students with an understanding of methods used to discover and create factual and theoretical knowledge of Organismal Biology. Emphasis on disciplinary methods, including kinds of questions asked, and methods used by biologists. Comparison of plant and animal systems with respect to structure and function, and examination of ecological adaptations.

BIOE 103CS - ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & SOCIETY
3 credits, Lecture
Offered in fall semesters
The relationship between people and the environment using the earth as an ecosystem to show the effects of people's activities on natural ecosystems. Environmental issues such as wilderness, wolf reintroduction, global warming, fire ecology, whirling disease, and grizzlies are covered.

BIOB 170IN – PRINCIPLES of BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY

4 credits, Lecture 3, Lab 1
Offered in fall and spring semesters
This course examines the biology, ecology, and evolutionary relationships among living organisms. All forms of life will be considered, from single celled prokaryotes to multicellular eukaryotic plants and animals.

BIOO 230 - IDENTIFICATION OF SEED PLANTS
4 credits, Lecture 2, Lab 2
Offered in spring semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 170
Identification of conifers, trees and shrubs, and herbaceous seed plants; determination by use of manuals; vocabulary, classification and nomenclature; and preparation and collection of seed plant specimens.

BIOB 258 INTRO BIOL: ORGANISMS TO POPULATIONS

4 credits, Lecture 3, Lab 1
Offered in spring semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 170 or BIOB 260, STAT 216 and M 161 or M 171.
An introductory course in ecology and evolution with in-depth coverage of topics in micro- and macroevolution, behavioral ecology, population ecology, community ecology, and biodiversity. The laboratory portion of the course will include material on biological diversity, evolutionary processes, and ecological processes.

BIOE 290R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

1-3 credits, Independent, may be repeated, maximum of 6 credits
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor and approval of department head
Directed undergraduate research which may culminate in a written work or other creative project. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

BIOE 292 INDEPENDENT STUDY
1-3 credits, Independent, may be repeated, maximum of 6 credits,
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor and approval of department head
Directed research and study on an individual basis.

BIOE 370 GENERAL ECOLOGY

3 credits, Lecture
Offered in spring semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 170 or BIOB 258; M 121 or M 160 or M 170; Recommended: STAT 216 or BIOB 318
Relation of organisms to their environment. The composition, structure, function and distribution of populations, communities, and ecosystems. Emphasis on population ecology, including demography, population dynamics and evolutionary ecology.

BIOE 375 ECOLOGICAL RESPONSES TO CLIMATE CHANGE
3 credits, Lecture
Offered in spring semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 103, BIOB160, and BIOB 170
Students explore how ecosystems are responding to climate changes at a range of spatial and temporal scales. Case studies include changes in vegetation and soils, plants and animal phenology, and disease outbreaks.

BIOE 405 BEHAVIORAL & EVOLUTIONARY ECOLOGY
3 credits, Lecture
Offered in spring semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370.
Abundance and distribution of organisms in relation to their evolution, behavior, population biology and interactions with other organisms.

BIOE 408 ROCKY MOUNTAIN VEGETATION

2 credits, Lecture 1, Lab 1
Offered in fall semesters
PREREQUISITE: Junior or senior status in biological sciences and consent of instructor
Field identification of major Rocky Mountain ecosystem-types; the composition, structure and function of climax and alternate communities; their environments, geography and history; and discussion of management alternatives. Includes introduction to field methods, statistical evaluations, remote sensing, and library use.

BIOO 412 ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY
3 credits, Lecture
Offered in fall semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 160 or BIOB 260, and one of the following: CHMY 211, CHMY 321, or CHMY 123.
General homeostatic physiology of animals with emphasis on mammals. Selected body systems are covered with major emphasis on the integration of body processes

BIOO 415 ICHTHYOLOGY
3 credits, Lecture 2, Lab 1
Offered in spring semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOO 310.
Characteristics, classification, evolution, and life histories of major groups of marine and freshwater fishes, with an emphasis on North American freshwater fauna. Laboratory emphasizes identification, nomenclature, morphology, and distribution of Montana species.

BIOE 416 ALPINE ECOLOGY
3 credits, Lecture
Offered in summer semesters
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, BIOB 170.
The ecology characteristics of alpine areas. A three-day field trip will confirm and reinforce material presented in class and is a course requirement.

BIOE 420 FIELD ORNITHOLOGY
 3 credits, Lab
Offered in summer semesters
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, and either BIOB 100 or BIOB 170.
Field identification, habitat affinities and life histories of birds of the northern Rockies. Includes early morning field trips.

BIOE 421 YELLOWSTONE WILDLIFE ECOLOGY

3 credits, Lecture 2, Lab 1
Offered in summer semesters
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, and either BIOB 100 or BIOB 170.
Basic ecology of the major animal species of the Yellowstone area and the ecological controversies surrounding their management.

BIOE 427 AQUATIC FIELD ECOLOGY
2 credits, Lecture 1, Lab 1
Offered in fall semesters
PREREQUISITE: Prior or concurrent registration in BIOE 428.
Optional laboratory for BIOE 428. Introduction to representative freshwater habitats, communities, organisms, and sampling methods through laboratory and field exercises and classroom discussions. Formal written reports are required after completed exercises.

BIOE 428 FRESHWATER ECOLOGY

3 credits, Lecture
Offered in fall semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370 or consent of instructor.
This course examines relationships between freshwater organisms and their environment. Students learn about the ecology of rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and wetlands, with exposure to a wide diversity of organisms and processes. Emphasis is placed on linking basic concepts and real-world applications.

BIOE 440 CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
3 credits, Lecture
Offered in fall semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370.
Examines issues relevant to conservation of wild populations, focusing primarily on animals. Emphasis is on approaches that use demography, population biology and genetics to address conservation questions. Readings are from the primary literature, rather than a textbook, including case studies. Cross-listed with BIOL 521.

BIOE 445 MACROECOLOGY
3 credits, Lecture
Offered in spring semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370.
Advanced ecology that integrates population, community and ecosystem ecology to compare "ecological systems" across the Earth. The clas examines terrestrial biomes as integrated ecological systems, compares similarities and differences among biomes in order to better understand general ecological principles, and considers implications for place-based management.

BIOE 455 PLANT ECOLOGY
3 credits, Lecture
Offered in spring semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 170 or BIOB 258 and BIOE 370 or NRSM 240.
Principles of plant ecology, covering plant-environment relations, plant life histories, plant-animal interactions, plant community concepts, the role of plants in ecosystem processes, and current global issues in plant ecology.

BIOO 470 ORNITHOLOGY
3 credits, Lecture 2, Lab 1
Offered in spring semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOO 310
Evolution, functional biology, distribution, and classification of birds. Montana species recognition is developed through laboratory use of a representative skin collection.

BIOO 475 MAMMALOGY

3 credits, Lecture 2, Lab 1
Offered in fall semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOO 310
Evolution, functional biology, distribution, and classification of mammals. Labs cover taxonomy and identification of representative forms with a focus on Montana species.

BIOB 480 CONSERVATION GENETICS

3 credits, Lecture
Offered in fall semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 375, BIOB 420, and STAT 216 completed. (No concurrent registration.).
Introduces the theory and practice of conservation genetics, focusing primarily on animals. Case studies will be used liberally, and emphasis will be placed on interpreting genetic data. Readings will include primary literature. Cross-listed with BIOL 548.

BIOE 490R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
1 - 6 credits, Independent, may be repeated, maximum of 12 credits, maximum of 6 as electives in Organismal Biology Option
On Demand
Directed undergraduate research which may culminate in a research paper, journal article, or undergraduate thesis. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

BIOB 491 SPECIAL TOPICS
1 - 4 credits, may be repeated, maximum of 12 credits, maximum of 6 as electives in Organismal Biology Option
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: Course prerequisites as determined for each offering.
Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand.

BIOE 492 INDEPENDENT STUDY

1 – 3 credits, Independent, may be repeated, maximum of 12 credits, maximum of 6 as electives in Organismal Biology Option
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, consent of instructor and approval of department head.
Directed research and study on an individual basis.

BIOE 494 SEMINAR/WORKSHOP
1 credit, Seminar, may be repeated, maximum 4 credits
Offered fall semesters
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing and as determined for each offering.
Topics offered at the upper division level which are not covered in regular courses. Students attend and discuss write critiques of seminar presentations by professional biologists.

BIOB 497 EDUCATIONAL METHODS/BIOLOGY
Multiple Departments
2 credits, Lab, may be repeated, maximum of 4 credits, maximum of 2 as electives in Biological Sciences Options
Offered all semesters
PREREQUISITE: Junior or senior standing, consent of instructor and department head.
Provides deeper contact with a subject for those considering an academic profession. This provides experience in a teaching laboratory under detailed academic supervision in recognition that teaching enhances learning. Includes the preparation, organization, presentation of materials, and student evaluation.

BIOE 499 SENIOR THESIS/CAPSTONE

2 credits, Seminar
Offered spring semesters
PREREQUISITE: Senior standing in Ecology Department, and prior or concurrent registration in BIOB 420.
Senior capstone course. Discussion of topics that integrate evolutionary theory with ecology, genetics, medicine, behavior, or other subjects that are part of the biology curriculum.

BIOE 504 QUANTITATIVE BIOLOGY
3 credits, Lecture 2, Lab 1
On demand 
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370, either STAT 216 or STAT 332, and one of the following: M 161, M 191, M 192.
Applications of mathematical models to biological phenomena with examples drawn from physiology, ecology and bioengineering. The course is intended to develop facility with optimization techniques, numerical methods, matrix operations, complex variables and simple statistical ideas. Computer lab.

BIOE 505 ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS

3 credits, Lecture 2, Lab 1
On demand
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370, either STAT 216 or STAT 332 and one of the following: M 161, M 191, M 192.
Theory of ecological dynamics and introduction to multivariate methods for ecological analysis. Computer lab.

BIOE 506 POPULATION DYNAMICS
3 credits, Lecture 2, Lab 1
On demand
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370, either STAT 216 or STAT 332, and one of the following: M 161, M 171, M 172.
Techniques for modeling the growth, regulation, harvesting and persistence of populations. Computer lab.

BIOE 513 TERRESTRIAL ECOLOGY OF PLAINS AND PRAIRIES
1 credit, Recitation
Offered in summer semesters
PREREQUISITE: Either BIOE 408 or BIOL 516, graduate standing, secondary teacher certification, two years teaching experience, and computer access.
COREQUISITE: Suggested: ESCI 513.
Students will develop plant keys for classroom use, quantitatively analyze two grassland communities, and develop classroom activities on ecology of grasslands. Distance learning, class offered by internet connection. This course is designed for secondary school teachers enrolled in MSSE program and cannot be used in graduate programs in Biological Sciences.

BIOE 515 LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT
4 credits, Lecture 2, Lab 2
Offered in alternate fall semesters in odd numbered years
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Principles on landscape pattern, change, and function. Application of theory to conservation including population viability, reserve design, multiple-use landscapes. Lab introduces GIS, GPS, and simulation models. For graduate students and motivated undergraduates.

BIOE 516 TERRESTRIAL ECOLOGY OF THE NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAINS

2 credits, Recitation 1, Lab 1
Offered in summer sessions
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing, two years of classroom teaching, undergraduate science degree, and one year of biology.
Description and comparison of grass land, forest, and alpine ecosystems of the NRM with respect to composition, structure, and process such as production, decomposition and mineral cycling. We will use tools including keys to species and environmental types, dimension analysis, remote sensing, and statistics. This course is designed for secondary school teachers enrolled in MSSE Program and cannot be used in graduate programs in biological sciences.

BIOE 518 PARAMETER ESTIMATION FOR ECOLOGICAL MODELS
3 credits, Lecture 2, Lab 1
On demand
PREREQUISITE: BIOL 504 or equivalent.
Statistical methods to quantify uncertainty, and to plan data collection for cost-efficient reduction in uncertainty, in application to ecological models where data are often sparse and processes are often noisy, and management decision must take account of uncertainty.

BIOE 519 BIOLOGY OF RIPARIAN ZONES AND WETLANDS
2 credits, Recitation
Offered in summer semesters
PREREQUISITE: Either BIOL 516 or BIOE 408, secondary teacher certification, two years teaching experience, and computer access.
COREQUISITE: Suggested: ESCI 512, ESCI 515.
Students will develop plant keys for classroom use, quantitatively analyze two riparian and two wetland areas, and develop classroom activities about ecology of those areas. Distance learning class offered by internet connection. This course is designed for secondary school teachers enrolled in the MSSE program and cannot be used in graduate programs in Biological Sciences.

BIOE 520 ANIMAL BIODIVERSITY IN GYE

2 credits, Lecture 1, Lab 1
Offered in summer semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370, F&WL 301, BIOE 405, or equivalent and (a) 2 years science technology experience or (b) enrolled in MSSE.
Exploration of biodiversity's meaning, importance & determinants; key ecological features of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and patterns of change in those features: & possible strategies for maintaining biodiversity in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

BIOE 521 CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
3 credits, Lecture
Offered in fall semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370, BIOB 420 and STAT 216, or equivalents.
A broad survey of conservative biology, with studies spanning genetics, demography/population dynamics, and community/ecosystem/landscape ecology. Approaches include empirical field studies, mathematical models and conceptual discussion. Includes lab modeling exercises, extensive reading in primary literature, and writing a research paper. Cross-listed with BIOE 440.

BIOE 522 BIRDS OF PREY IN THE GREATER YELLOWSTONE ECOSYSTEM

2 credits, Lecture 1, Lab 1
Offered in summer semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370, WILD 301, BIOE 405, or equivalent and 2 years science technology experience or enrolled in MSSE.
Exploration of the ecology and habitat of avian raptors in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). Application of the scientific method to the study of raptors. Field identification of raptors, investigation of species life histories, and inquiry methods of species-specific habitat needs. Student will develop methods and skills for classroom based research on wildlife. This course is designed for secondary school teachers enrolled in the MSSE program and cannot be used in graduate programs in Biological Sciences.

BIOE 523 WILDLIFE ECOLOGY OF THE NORTHERN ROCKY PLAINS
2 credits, Lecture
Offered in summer semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370, WILD 301, BIOE 405, or equivalent and 2 years science technology experience or enrolled in MSSE.
Introduction to wildlife species and the range of habitats present in the Northern Rocky Mountain ecosystems. Emphasis on large carnivores and ungulates within montane terrestrial systems. Application of the scientific method to study interactions between predators, prey , and human impacts. This course is designed for middle and high school teachers and cannot be used in graduate programs in Biological Sciences.

BIOE 524 FRONTIERS IN LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY

3 credits, Lecture 2, Lab 1
Offered in alternate fall semesters in even numbered years
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370 or the equivalent.
Students and instructor will write a scientific paper for publication that synthesizes an important question in landscape ecology. Students will select the topic, review and synthesize current knowledge on the topic, and write a scientific manuscript.

BIOE 525 RESEARCH METHODS AND THE SCIENTIFIC PROCESS

3 credits, Lecture 2, Recitation 1
Offered in fall semesters
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Application of the scientific method to answer biological questions and the development of skills needed to prepare research proposals, critique research studies and communicate research findings. For first year graduate students.

BIOE 532 PHYSIOLOGICAL PLANT ECOLOGY
3 credits, Lecture
Offered in alternate fall semesters in odd numbered years
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370.
Outlines the plant's Hutchinsonian niche through review of energy, material (water, nutrients and toxins) and mechanical (including animal) factors. Computer modeling of plant function in the environment is discussed.

BIOE 533 PHYSIOLOGICAL PLANT ECOLOGY LAB
1 credit, Lab
On Demand
COREQUISITE: BIOL 532.
A research project in physiological plant ecology will be chosen, carried out and reported in scientific journal format.

BIOE 534 VEGETATION ECOLOGY
3 credits, Lecture
Offered in alternate spring semesters in odd numbered years
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370.
Considers the composition, structure, function, distribution in time and space, ecology and classification of communities. Emphasizes universal methods, current studies and Rocky Mountain systems. Complementary field experience is available in BIOE 408.

BIOE 540 ANALYSIS OF ECOLOGICAL COMMUNITIES
3 credits, Lecture 2, Lab 1
Offered in alternate spring semesters in even numbered years
Multivariate statistical analysis of data from terrestrial or aquatic, plant or animal communities. Classification, ordination, and predictive modeling of species and communities, emphasizing a hands-on approach and practical problem solving in community ecology.

BIOE 542 COMMUNITY ECOLOGY

3 credits,  Lecture
Offered in alternate spring semesters in odd numbered years
PREREQUISITE: At least one undergraduate or graduate course in each of the following: ecology (e.g., M 170) and statistics (e.g. STAT 216) or consent of instructor.
Focuses on the origin, maintenance, and consequences of biological diversity within local communities by examining studies of natural patterns, explorations of mathematical models and direct experimentation. The complexities of species interactions are explored in multispecies assemblages.

BIOE 548 CONSERVATION GENETICS

3 credits, Lecture
Offered in fall semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 375, STAT 216 and STAT 217.
Introduction to the application of genetics for the conservation of plant and animal populations. Emphasis will be placed on case studies from the primary literature and analyzing genetic data using mathematical models developed in class. Cross-listed with BIOE 480.

BIOE 555 COMMUNICATIONS IN ECOLOGICAL SCIENCES

1 credit, Seminar
Offered in spring semesters
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.
This course will require students to gain experience presenting scientific information in a variety of communication methods.

BIOE 575 RESEARCH OR PROFESSIONAL PAPER/PROJECT

1-4 credits, Independent
On Demand
Graduate standing and committee approval and consent of instructor.
A research or professional paper or project dealing with a topic in the field. The topic must be mutually agreed upon by the student and his or her major advisor and graduate committee.

BIOE 590 MASTER'S THESIS

1-10 credits, Independent, maximum credits unlimited
Offered all semesters
PREREQUISITE: Master's standing.

BIOE 591 SPECIAL TOPICS
1-4 credits, Independent, maximum 12 credits
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: Upper division courses and others as determined for each offering.
Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

BIOE 592 INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 credits, Independent, maximum 6 credits
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing, consent of instructor, approval of department head and Dean of Graduate Studies.
Directed research and study on an individual basis.

BIOE 594 SEMINAR

1 credit, Seminar, maximum 4 credits
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or seniors by petition and course prerequisites as determined for each offering.
Topics offered at the graduate level which are not covered in regular courses. Students participate in preparing and presenting discussion material.

BIOE 598 INTERNSHIP
2-12 credits, Independent
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing, consent of instructor and approval of department head.
An individualized assignment arranged with an agency, business or other organization to provide guided experience in the field.

BIOE 690 DOCTORAL THESIS

1-10 credits, Independent, maximum credits unlimited
Offered all semesters.
PREREQUISITE: Doctoral standing.

FISH AND WILDLIFE COURSES

The MSU Course Equivalency Tool will provide the former rubric for each prerequisite. 

WILD 201 INTRODUCTION TO FISH & WILDLIFE
1 credit, Seminar
Offered in fall semesters
An introduction to the career opportunities and current issues associated with management of fisheries and wildlife. For Fish and Wildlife Majors or those interested in the profession.

WILD 290R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
1-3 credits, Independent, may be repeated, maximum of 6 credits
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor and approval of department head
Directed undergraduate research which may culminate in a written work or other creative project. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

WILD 291 SPECIAL TOPICS

1-4 credits, maximum 12 credits
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: None required but some may be determined necessary by each offering instructor.
Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

WILD 292 INDEPENDENT STUDY
1 - 6 credits, Independent, may be repeated, maximum of 12 credits
On Demand
Directed undergraduate research which may culminate in a research paper, journal article, or undergraduate thesis. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

WILD 301 PRINCIPLES OF FISH & WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT

3 credits, Lecture
Offered in spring semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOB 160 and BIOB 170.
Overview of history and ecological principles underlying fish and wildlife management. In-depth discussion of current issues.

WILD 401 FISH & WILDLIFE TOPICS
4 credits, Lecture 2, Lab 2
Offered in spring semesters
PREREQUISITE: WILD 301, STAT 216, BIOE 370 and Fish and Wildlife Ecology and Management Major or consent of instructor..
Senior capstone course. Course emphasizes solving problems related to management of fish and wildlife. Students will be introduced to field techniques, analysis approaches, and scientific literature used to develop management plans for terrestrial and aquatic vertebrates. For Fish and Wildlife Majors.

WILD 490R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
1-6 credits, Independent, may be repeated, maximum of 12 credits,
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor and approval of department head
Directed undergraduate research which may culminate in a written work or other creative project. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

WILD 491 SPECIAL TOPICS
1 - 3credits, may be repeated, maximum of 12 credits
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: Course prerequisites as determined for each offering.
Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand.

WILD 492 INDEPENDENT STUDY

1 – 3 credits, Independent, may be repeated, maximum of 6 credits,
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, consent of instructor and approval of department head.
Directed research and study on an individual basis.

WILD 498 INTERNSHIP
1-4 credits, Independent, may be repeated, maximum 8 credits
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: Approval of intern program by instructor and the department head.
An individualized assignment arranged with an agency, business, or other organization to provide guided experience in the field.

WILD 501 APPLIED POPULATION ECOLOGY

3 credits, Lecture 2, Lab 1
Offered in spring semesters
PREREQUISITE: BIOE 370 or WILD 301.
An in-depth review of the (1) key theories of population ecology, (2) the application of theory in contemporary population management, and (3) managing populations in the face of uncertainty.

WILD502 ANALYSIS OF POPULATION & HABITAT DATA

3 credits, Lecture 2, Lab 1
Offered in alternate fall semesters in odd numbered years
PREREQUISITE: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in a four-hundred level statistics course.
Study of the theory and methods of sampling and analyzing population and habitat data for vertebrates. Estimation of population size, survival, & recruitment using competing models that relate population states and rates to habitat conditions and other covariates of interest. Computer lab.

WILD 504 WILDLIFE-HABITAT RELATIONSHIPS

3 credits, Lecture
Offered in spring semesters TBA
PREREQUISITE: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in a 500-level statistics course.
This course will help students develop a conceptual and practical understanding of wildlife-habitat relationships and the use, application, and limitations of the analytical tools used to analyze these data.  Course will be a blend of discussion and lecture; students will be responsible for written assignments based on readings and data sets.

WILD 510 FISHERIES SCIENCE

3 credits, Lecture 2, Lab 1
Offered in alternate spring semesters in even numbered years
PREREQUISITE: BIOO 415, WILD 301.
An in-depth review of fisheries data types and the analysis and interpretation of those data as it relates to freshwater fisheries research and management.

WILD 513 FISHERIES HABITAT MANAGEMENT

3 credits, Lecture
Offered in alternate fall semesters in even numbered years
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Techniques of protection, and restoration of stream, lake and reservoir, habitats for management of fishes and other aquatic organisms.

WILD 525 HUMAN DIMENSIONS OF FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT

3 credits, Lecture
To be offered in alternate spring semesters in even numbered years
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing
This course provides fisheries and wildlife management graduate students with an understanding of how social, cultural, behavioral, and demographic characteristics of humans affect fisheries and wildlife management.

WILD 548 RESEARCH PERSPECTIVES

2 credits, Lecture
To be offered in spring semesters
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
An introduction to the philosophical underpinnings of resource science and management, with the goal of helping students to develop their own ideological perspective.  A broad array of interdisciplinary readings is used to survey philosophical worldviews and explore their influence on science.

WILD 575 RESEARCH OR PROFESSIONAL PAPER/PROJECT

1-4 credits, Independent
On Demand
Graduate standing and committee approval and consent of instructor
A research or professional paper or project dealing with a topic in the field. The topic must be mutually agreed upon by the student and his or her major advisor and graduation committee.

WILD 591 SPECIAL TOPICS
1-3 credits, maximum 12 credits
On Demand
PREREQUISITE: Upper division courses and others as determined for each offering.
Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

 



 

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