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Fish and Wildlife Management Courses

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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: Junior standing. 2.5 GPA. 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 alternate spring semesters in even numbered years
PREREQUISITE: Completion of 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.