Academic Programs Catalog

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

Graduate Study
Fisheries and Wildlife - Master of Science

Programs of study are based on the academic preparation, interests, and career goals of individual students.  Although individual students' programs vary, all graduate programs in fisheries and wildlife are designed to provide:

  1. Broad fundamental preparation in the ecological sciences.
  2. Preparation in one of the areas of specialization within the field of fisheries and wildlife.
  3. A foundation for careers in administration, research, management, teaching, or extension.

The department offers the following areas of specialization within the field of fisheries and wildlife:  conservation biology, restoration ecology, human dimensions, fisheries ecology and management, wildlife ecology and management, population dynamics and modeling, limnology, aquaculture, environmental management, environmental education, and environmental toxicology.

In cooperation with other colleges and departments, graduate students in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife may be involved in research in the nutrition, pathology, and physiology of fish and wildlife.

Master of Science

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the student must meet the requirements specified below.


Admission to a master's program requires prior completion of an undergraduate major in a biological or other appropriate science with course work appropriate to support the graduate program. Students lacking sufficient courses may be admitted provisionally until such deficiencies are removed by completing collateral courses. Scores on the Graduate Record Examination General Test are required. The Subject Test in Biology is recommended.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife

The student may elect either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis). A total of 30 credits is required for the degree under either Plan A or Plan B. The student and the major professor plan a program of study that includes courses related to one of the areas of specialization within the field of fisheries and wildlife referenced above and three credits of Fisheries and Wildlife 893. The program must be approved by the student's guidance committee.