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FW 101  Fundamentals of Fisheries and Wildlife Ecology and Management

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Description:
Ecological and sociological concepts of fisheries and wildlife ecology and management. Career opportunities.
Semester Alias:
FW 100, FW 205
Effective Dates:
FALL 2014 - Open


FW 101L  Fundamentals of Fisheries and Wildlife Ecology and Management Lab

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 2   Lab Hours: 4
Prerequisite:
FW 101 or concurrently
Restrictions:
Open to undergraduate students in the Fisheries and Wildlife major or in the Lyman Briggs Fisheries and Wildlife Coordinate major.
Description:
Natural history and ecology of primary terrestrial, wetland, and aquatic ecosystems. Species and communities in Michigan and the United States. Species identification in various ecosystem types. Impacts of disturbances on ecosystems. Field trips required.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2014 - Open


FW 110  Conservation and Management of Marine Resources

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Description:
Marine environment, resource distribution, and human impacts on selected marine commercial fisheries. Conflicts in management goals between government and industry. Management goals and techniques in preserving and conserving marine resource biodiversity.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2014 - Open


FW 181  Introduction to Science, Technology, the Environment and Public Policy

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Description:
Relation of science and technology to ethics and public policy. Environmental law and public policy. Managing fish, water and wildlife resources at state, national, and international levels. Science and technology in developing countries. Impacts of military technology on environmental policy.
Interdepartmental With:
James Madison College, Lyman Briggs
Administered By:
Fisheries and Wildlife
Effective Dates:
FALL 2014 - Open


FW 207  Great Lakes: Biology and Management

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Description:
Living aquatic resources of the Great Lakes, environmental history, and biological resources and their management. Policy issues.
Interdepartmental With:
Community Sustainability
Administered By:
Fisheries and Wildlife
Effective Dates:
FALL 2014 - Open


FW 211  Introduction to Gender and Environmental Issues

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Description:
The concept of gender. Overview of environment and habitat. Historical gender roles in environmental management. Gender-based theoretical perspectives. Case studies on developing and developed countries. Environmental management with emphasis on fisheries, wildlife and wetlands. Women environmental professionals.
Interdepartmental With:
Criminal Justice, Environmental Economics and Policy, Forestry, Women's Studies, Community Sustainability
Administered By:
Fisheries and Wildlife
Effective Dates:
FALL 2014 - Open


FW 224  Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Ecologists

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Prerequisite:
MTH 103 or MTH 116 or (MTH 124 or concurrently) or (MTH 132 or concurrently) or (MTH 152H or concurrently) or (LB 118 or concurrently)
Recommended Background:
BS 162 or BS 182H or LB 144
Not open to students with credit in:
STT 231
Description:
Probability and statistics with computer applications for the analysis, interpretation and presentation of ecological data. Data analysis, probability models, random variables, estimation, confidence intervals, test of hypotheses, and simple linear regression with applications to ecology.
Semester Alias:
FW 324
Interdepartmental With:
Statistics and Probability
Administered By:
Statistics and Probability
Effective Dates:
FALL 2014 - Open


FW 238  Introductory Fisheries and Wildlife Field Experience

Semester:
Summer of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 1   Lab Hours: 4
Recommended Background:
Introductory Biology, Botany, Zoology, Forestry, Natural Resources, Plant Biology, Fisheries and Wildlife course
Restrictions:
Approval of department; application required.
Description:
Terrestrial and aquatic field research techniques and their application to current issues. Interaction with professionals. Field trips required.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2014 - Open


FW 278  Introduction to Conservation, Recreation and Environmental Enforcement

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 1   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 1
Restrictions:
Not open to freshmen.
Description:
Scope, history and application of conservation, recreation and environmental law enforcement at the international, federal, state and local level. Integration with traditional policing, resource management and public lands. Career opportunities.
Interdepartmental With:
Community Sustainability
Administered By:
Community Sustainability
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


FW 293  Undergraduate Seminar in Fisheries and Wildlife

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 1   Lab Hours: 2
Prerequisite:
FW 101 or concurrently
Restrictions:
Open to undergraduate students in the Fisheries and Wildlife major or in the Lyman Briggs Fisheries and Wildlife Coordinate major.
Description:
Professional development and discussion of current case studies to prepare students for a career in Fisheries and Wildlife.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2014 - Open


FW 341  Nature and Environmental Writing

Semester:
Fall of even years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement
Restrictions:
Open to undergraduate students in the Department of Forestry or in the Professional Writing major or in the Fisheries and Wildlife major or approval of department.
Description:
Place-based writing that engages the environmental imagination, shaped by the variety of human relationships with place.
Semester Alias:
AL 341
Interdepartmental With:
Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures
Administered By:
Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures
Effective Dates:
SUMMER 2017 - Open


FW 364  Ecological Problem Solving

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Prerequisite:
((MTH 124 or concurrently) or (MTH 132 or concurrently) or (LB 118 or concurrently)) and (STT 224 or STT 231 or STT 421) and (IBIO 355 or BE 230)
Description:
Application of ecological concepts and models to problems in natural resource and ecosystem management.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2016 - Open


FW 369  Introduction to Zoo and Aquarium Science

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
BS 162 or LB 144 or BS 182H
Description:
Fundamentals of zoo and aquarium operations including research, interpretation, design, nutrition, captive breeding, conservation, ethics and management.
Semester Alias:
ZOL 369
Interdepartmental With:
Integrative Biology, Landscape Architecture, Veterinary Medicine
Administered By:
Integrative Biology
Effective Dates:
FALL 2016 - Open


FW 370  Introduction to Zoogeography

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
IBIO 355
Description:
Patterns of geographical distribution of animals and the ecological and historical processes leading to these patterns.
Semester Alias:
ZOL 370
Interdepartmental With:
Integrative Biology, Geography
Administered By:
Integrative Biology
Effective Dates:
FALL 2016 - Open


FW 410  Upland Ecosystem Management

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
(IBIO 355 or FOR 404) or completion of Tier I writing requirement
Description:
Analysis and management of upland ecosystems to meet wildlife management and biodiversity objectives. Mitigation of human impact. Field trips required.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2016 - Open


FW 413  Wildlife Research and Management Techniques

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
(FW 101L or FW 238) and completion of Tier I writing requirement
Description:
Field techniques used in collecting, analyzing, and communicating data on wild animal populations and their habitats. Field trips required.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2016 - Open


FW 414  Aquatic Ecosystem Management

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
(IBIO 355) and completion of Tier I writing requirement
Description:
Management of aquatic habitats and populations for ecological and socioeconomic objectives; human impacts on aquatic ecosystems.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2016 - Open


FW 416  Marine Ecosystem Management

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
(IBIO 355) and completion of Tier I writing requirement
Recommended Background:
FW 110 or IBIO 303 or IBIO 353
Description:
Management of marine ecosystems and populations for ecological and socio-economic objectives. Anthropogenic impacts, mitigation, and marine resource conservation strategies. Field trips required.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2016 - Open


FW 417  Wetland Ecology and Management

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
(IBIO 355) and completion of Tier I writing requirement
Description:
Biological, physical, and chemical processes controlling wetland structure and function. Utilization, mitigation, and conservation of wetlands on a sustainable basis.
Semester Alias:
FW 412
Effective Dates:
FALL 2016 - Open


FW 419  Applications of Geographic Information Systems to Natural Resources Management

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 4
Recommended Background:
GEO 221
Description:
Application of geographic information systems, remote sensing, and global positioning systems to integrated planning and management for fish, wildlife, and related resources.
Interdepartmental With:
Forestry, Geography, Biosystems Engineering
Administered By:
Fisheries and Wildlife
Effective Dates:
FALL 2014 - Open


FW 420  Stream Ecology

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
IBIO 355 or approval of department
Recommended Background:
CEM 141
Description:
Biological and environmental factors determining structure and function of stream ecosystems.
Interdepartmental With:
Integrative Biology
Administered By:
Fisheries and Wildlife
Effective Dates:
FALL 2016 - Open


FW 422  Aquatic Entomology

Semester:
Fall of odd years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
BS 162
Description:
Biology, ecology and systematics of aquatic insects in streams, rivers and lakes. Field trips and aquatic insect collection required.
Semester Alias:
ENT 420
Interdepartmental With:
Entomology, Integrative Biology
Administered By:
Entomology
Effective Dates:
FALL 2016 - Open


FW 423  Principles of Fish and Wildlife Disease

Semester:
Fall of odd years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
(BS 162 and BS 172) or (BS 182H and BS 192H) or LB 144
Recommended Background:
Additional course work in ecology, zoology, microbiology or environmental science.
Restrictions:
Open to juniors or seniors or graduate students in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources or in the College of Natural Science or in the College of Veterinary Medicine or approval of department.
Description:
Diseases of fish and wildlife species. Disease detection and diagnosis. Ecological and epidemiological analysis and management of major classes of wildlife diseases. Threatened and endangered species, game species, and fish and wildlife species that serve as vectors or reservoirs of human and domestic animal diseases.
Interdepartmental With:
Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Administered By:
Fisheries and Wildlife
Effective Dates:
FALL 2014 - Open


FW 423L  Principles of Fish and Wildlife Disease Laboratory

Semester:
Fall of odd years
Credits:
Total Credits: 1   Lab Hours: 3
Recommended Background:
Additional laboratory course work in ecology, zoology, microbiology or environmental sciences.
Corequisite:
FW 423 concurrently
Description:
Tools for diagnosis and assessment of disease in fish and wildlife populations.
Interdepartmental With:
Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Administered By:
Fisheries and Wildlife
Effective Dates:
FALL 2014 - Open


FW 424  Population Analysis and Management

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3   Lab Hours: 2
Prerequisite:
(IBIO 355) and (STT 224 or STT 231 or STT 421) and (MTH 124 or MTH 132 or LB 118)
Description:
Statistical, ecological and management concepts and methods needed to analyze and interpret demographic data and manage fish and wildlife populations.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2016 - Open


FW 431  Ecophysiology and Toxicology of Fishes

Semester:
Spring of odd years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
(BS 161 or LB 145 or BS 181H) and ((BS 162 or LB 144 or BS 182H) and completion of Tier I writing requirement)
Restrictions:
Not open to freshmen or sophomores.
Description:
Physiological processes and the effect of anthropogenic stresses on fishes. Fate of contaminants in the environment and biota. Individual, population and community effects. Temporal, spatial and scaling issues. Modeling tools and environmental risk assessment.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2014 - Open


FW 434  Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife Management (W)

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Prerequisite:
(IBIO 355) and completion of Tier I writing requirement
Restrictions:
Open to juniors or seniors or approval of department.
Description:
Sociological implications of public policy and planning processes in fisheries and wildlife management.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2016 - Open


FW 435  Integrated Communications for the Fisheries and Wildlife Professional

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
Completion of Tier I writing requirement.
Restrictions:
Open to juniors or seniors or graduate students.
Description:
Role and practical application of communications for fisheries and wildlife professionals, which integrates public and media relations, community relations, social marketing, and courtroom testimony using a variety of communication tools including news releases, direct mail, storyboards, and business writing.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2014 - Open


FW 439  Conservation Ethics

Semester:
Spring of even years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement
Recommended Background:
Additional coursework in ecology, natural resources, philosophy, or environmental sciences.
Restrictions:
Open to juniors or seniors or graduate students.
Description:
Ethical concepts and arguments underlying natural resources.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2014 - Open


FW 443  Restoration Ecology

Semester:
Fall of odd years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Prerequisite:
FOR 404 or PLB 441 or IBIO 355
Recommended Background:
CSS 210 or BE 230
Description:
Principles of ecological restoration of disturbed or damaged ecosystems. Design, implementation, and presentation of restoration plans. Field trips required.
Interdepartmental With:
Plant Biology, Biosystems Engineering, Integrative Biology
Administered By:
Plant Biology
Effective Dates:
FALL 2017 - Open


FW 444  Conservation Biology

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
(IBIO 355 or FOR 404 or PLB 441) and completion of Tier I writing requirement
Description:
Ecological theories and methodologies to manage species, communities and genetic diversity on a local and global scale.
Interdepartmental With:
Integrative Biology
Administered By:
Fisheries and Wildlife
Effective Dates:
FALL 2016 - Open


FW 445  Biodiversity Conservation Policy and Practice

Semester:
Spring of even years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement
Recommended Background:
((EC 201 or concurrently) or (EC 202 or concurrently) or (EC 251H or concurrently) or (EC 252H or concurrently)) and an interest in Conservation Biology
Description:
Social, economic, and policy considerations. Approaches to conserve biodiversity.
Interdepartmental With:
James Madison College
Administered By:
Fisheries and Wildlife
Effective Dates:
FALL 2014 - Open


FW 449  Wildlife Policy

Semester:
Spring of odd years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Recommended Background:
IBIO 355 and FW 364
Restrictions:
Not open to freshmen or sophomores or approval of department.
Description:
Controversial issues in wildlife policy. Science and political analysis drawing on ecology, economics, sociology. Argument analysis.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


FW 449L  Wildlife Policy – Study Away

Semester:
Spring of odd years
Credits:
Total Credits: 1   Lab Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
FW 449 or concurrently or approval of department; application required
Restrictions:
Not open to freshmen or sophomores.
Description:
Onsite examination of controversial issues of in wildlife policy. Field trip required.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


FW 450  International Environmental Law and Policy

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Recommended Background:
FW 181
Description:
Overview of concepts, actors, norms, laws, and institutions related to international environmental policy. Case studies on current global environmental issues.
Interdepartmental With:
James Madison College
Administered By:
James Madison College
Effective Dates:
FALL 2014 - Open


FW 452  Watershed Concepts

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
CSUS 354
Recommended Background:
Organic chemistry
Description:
Watershed hydrology and management. The hydrologic cycle, water quality, aquatic ecosystems, and social systems. Laws and institutions for managing water resources.
Semester Alias:
RD 452, ESA 452
Interdepartmental With:
Community Sustainability, Forestry, Biosystems Engineering, Crop and Soil Sciences
Administered By:
Community Sustainability
Effective Dates:
FALL 2014 - Open


FW 454  Environmental Hydrology for Watershed Management

Semester:
Spring of odd years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
(MTH 124 or MTH 132 or LB 118) and ((PHY 183 or concurrently) or (PHY 231 or concurrently))
Recommended Background:
IBIO 355 or concurrently
Description:
Effect of climate, topography, geology, soil, vegetation, and anthropogenic land uses on the amount, timing, and quality of water yield. Implications for fish and wildlife resource management. Field trips required.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2016 - Open


FW 460  Green Roofs and Walls

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2
Prerequisite:
HRT 203 or FW 101 or GEO 206 or PDC 120 or EGR 100
Restrictions:
Open to juniors or seniors or graduate students.
Description:
Green roof and wall design and installation practices including plant species and substrates. Environmental impact, ecosystem services, integration with other environmental practices. Influence of economics, public policy, and industry organizations on the implementation of green roofs on a wide scale. Multidisciplinary nature of planning and implementation of successful green roof and wall projects.
Interdepartmental With:
Horticulture, Geography, Planning, Design and Construction
Administered By:
Horticulture
Effective Dates:
FALL 2016 - Open


FW 461  Field Ecology of Disease Vectors

Semester:
Summer of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 1   Lab Hours: 4
Recommended Background:
(ENT 460 or FW 463) or Courses in Epidemiology or Public Health.
Restrictions:
Not open to freshmen.
Description:
Collection and identification of arthropod vectors of human and animal diseases in Michigan. Assays for associated pathogens. Integration of disease ecology and public health responses to vector-borne disease
Interdepartmental With:
Entomology
Administered By:
Entomology
Effective Dates:
SUMMER 2016 - Open


FW 463  Wildlife Disease Ecology

Semester:
Spring of even years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
ZOL 355 or approval of department
Recommended Background:
(FW 423) or additional course work in zoology, microbiology and environmental sciences.
Restrictions:
Open to juniors or seniors or approval of department.
Not open to students with credit in:
FW 863
Description:
Role of wildlife disease in ecological interactions. Factors underlying pathogen emergence. Disease modeling. Conservation medicine.
Interdepartmental With:
Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Administered By:
Fisheries and Wildlife
Effective Dates:
SPRING 2014 - Open


FW 463  Wildlife Disease Ecology (Interim Change)

Semester:
Spring of even years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
IBIO 355 or approval of department
Recommended Background:
(FW 423) or additional course work in integrative biology, microbiology and environmental sciences.
Restrictions:
Open to juniors or seniors or approval of department.
Not open to students with credit in:
FW 863
Description:
Role of wildlife disease in ecological interactions. Factors underlying pathogen emergence. Disease modeling. Conservation medicine.
Interdepartmental With:
Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Administered By:
Fisheries and Wildlife
Effective Dates:
FALL 2016 - Open


FW 466  Natural Resource Policy

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Not open to freshmen or sophomores.
Description:
Natural resources policy-making in the context of scientific, environmental, social, and legal-institutional factors. Historical evolution of policies and case studies of contemporary policy issues.
Interdepartmental With:
Forestry
Administered By:
Forestry
Effective Dates:
FALL 2013 - Open


FW 469  Biomonitoring of Streams and Rivers

Semester:
Summer of odd years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
BS 162 or LB 144
Description:
Practical field and lab rapid bioassessment methodologies used to sample and assess the biota of streams and rivers. Sampling and identification of fish, macroinvertebrates and other biota.
Interdepartmental With:
Entomology
Administered By:
Entomology
Effective Dates:
FALL 2013 - Open


FW 471  Ichthyology

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3   Lab Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
{(BS 162 and BS 172) or (BS 182H and BS 192H) or LB 144} and Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement
Description:
Fish morphology and physiology. Development, behavior, evolution, and ecology. World fishes with emphasis on freshwater fishes. Field trips required.
Interdepartmental With:
Integrative Biology
Administered By:
Fisheries and Wildlife
Effective Dates:
FALL 2016 - Open


FW 472  Limnology

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
(CEM 141 or LB 171) and IBIO 355
Description:
Ecology of lakes with emphasis on interacting physical, chemical, and biological factors affecting their structure and function.
Interdepartmental With:
Integrative Biology
Administered By:
Fisheries and Wildlife
Effective Dates:
FALL 2016 - Open


FW 474  Field and Laboratory Techniques for Aquatic Studies

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
(FW 101L or FW 238) and completion of Tier I writing requirement
Description:
Field and laboratory techniques for the investigation and analysis of lake and stream ecosystems and their biota. Field trips required.
Semester Alias:
FW 470
Interdepartmental With:
Integrative Biology
Administered By:
Fisheries and Wildlife
Effective Dates:
FALL 2016 - Open


FW 479  Fisheries Management

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Prerequisite:
IBIO 355 and (FW 364 or concurrently) or approval of department
Description:
Quantitative analysis of fish populations. Case study of ecological interactions linking fish to aquatic ecosystems and the challenge of balancing multiple human values in managing fisheries resources.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2016 - Open


FW 480  International Studies in Fisheries and Wildlife

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Variable from 1 to 6
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 12 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Recommended Background:
IBIO 355
Restrictions:
Approval of department; application required.
Description:
Fisheries and wildlife ecology and management study in regions beyond the United States. Ecological, economic, social, and cultural influences on fisheries and wildlife resources.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2016 - Open


FW 481  Global Issues in Fisheries and Wildlife

Semester:
Spring of even years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement
Recommended Background:
EC 201 or EC 202 or EC 251H or EC 252H
Restrictions:
Open to juniors or seniors or graduate students.
Description:
Global issues and their impacts on implications for the management of fisheries and wildlife resources.
Interdepartmental With:
James Madison College
Administered By:
Fisheries and Wildlife
Effective Dates:
FALL 2014 - Open


FW 489  Seminar in Zoo and Aquarium Science

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 1   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 1
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 3 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Restrictions:
Approval of department.
Description:
Scientific writing and oral presentations related to zoo and aquarium studies.
Semester Alias:
ZOL 489
Interdepartmental With:
Integrative Biology, Landscape Architecture, Community Sustainability
Administered By:
Integrative Biology
Effective Dates:
FALL 2016 - Open


FW 490  Independent Study in Fisheries and Wildlife

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Variable from 1 to 3
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 6 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Recommended Background:
BS 162
Restrictions:
Not open to freshmen or sophomores. Approval of department; application required.
Description:
Supervised individual research and study in fisheries and wildlife.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2014 - Open


FW 491  Special Topics in Fisheries and Wildlife

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Variable from 1 to 4
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 8 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Restrictions:
Not open to freshmen or sophomores.
Description:
Selected topics of current interest and importance in fisheries and wildlife.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2014 - Open


FW 493  Professional Internship in Fisheries and Wildlife

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Variable from 1 to 3
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 6 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Prerequisite:
FW 101 and FW 101L
Restrictions:
Approval of department; application required. A student may earn a maximum of 6 credits in all enrollments for any or all of these courses: ABM 493, AEE 493, ANR 493, ANS 493, CMP 493, CSS 493, CSUS 493, EEP 493, FIM 493, FSC 493, FW 493, HRT 493, PKG 493, and PLP 493.
Description:
Supervised professional experiences in agencies and businesses related to fisheries and wildlife professions.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2014 - Open


FW 498  Internship in Zoo and Aquarium Science

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 4
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 8 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Restrictions:
Open to juniors or seniors. Approval of department.
Description:
Application of zoological experience in a zoo or aquarium setting outside the university.
Semester Alias:
ZOL 498
Interdepartmental With:
Integrative Biology, Landscape Architecture
Administered By:
Integrative Biology
Effective Dates:
FALL 2016 - Open


FW 499  Senior Thesis in Fisheries and Wildlife

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 2   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 4 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Restrictions:
Open to seniors in the Fisheries and Wildlife major. Approval of department.
Description:
Faculty-guided undergraduate research in Fisheries and Wildlife. Thesis required.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2014 - Open


FW 810  Human Dimensions Research in Fisheries and Wildlife

Semester:
Spring of even years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Description:
Quantitative and qualitative methods of involving the public in fish and wildlife management. Human dimensions research and current case studies.
Effective Dates:
SPRING 2010 - Open


FW 813  Democracy and Environment

Semester:
Fall of odd years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Recommended Background:
Exposure to social science or legal approaches to the environment.
Description:
Relationship between democracy and environmental protection and management. Effects of democratic institutions on natural resource management.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2009 - Open


FW 821  Conservation Medicine

Semester:
Fall of even years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Recommended Background:
Prior course work in vertebrate ecology, epidemiology and/or animal disease management.
Restrictions:
Open to graduate students or approval of department.
Description:
Ecological and epidemiological principles of wildlife disease impacts and management. Critical review of selected case studies.
Semester Alias:
FW 823
Interdepartmental With:
Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Administered By:
Fisheries and Wildlife
Effective Dates:
FALL 2010 - Open


FW 824  Analysis of Wildlife Populations

Semester:
Spring of even years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 3
Description:
Statistical and ecological concepts, methods and computer techniques needed to analyze and interpret demographic data from fish and wildlife studies.
Effective Dates:
SPRING 1993 - Open


FW 828  Molecular Ecology and Conservation Genetics

Semester:
Fall of even years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Recommended Background:
IBIO 341 or CSS 350 or ANS 314
Description:
Population and evolutionary genetic principles applied to ecology, conservation, and management of fish and wildlife at the individual, population, and species level.
Interdepartmental With:
Plant Biology, Integrative Biology
Administered By:
Fisheries and Wildlife
Effective Dates:
FALL 2016 - Open


FW 829  Economics of Environmental Resources

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Recommended Background:
Undergraduate intermediate microeconomics, calculus, and statistics
Description:
Economic principles, theoretical models, and empirical methods related to environmental problems and policy interventions. Applications to air, land, water, forests, energy, fish and wildlife, and climate change, including in developing countries.
Semester Alias:
AEC 829
Interdepartmental With:
Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Economics, Forestry, Community Sustainability
Administered By:
Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Effective Dates:
SUMMER 2015 - Open


FW 836  Modeling Natural Resource Systems

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Recommended Background:
ecology, statistics, and calculus
Description:
System dynamics modeling in human-environment systems. Sustainability applications, including renewable and non-renewable resource use, greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, pollutants and limits to growth.
Semester Alias:
ACR 851, CSUS 851
Interdepartmental With:
Community Sustainability, Environmental Science and Policy
Administered By:
Community Sustainability
Effective Dates:
FALL 2016 - Open


FW 840  Landscape Ecology

Semester:
Fall of even years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Recommended Background:
Knowledge or course work in the natural sciences, particularly ecological concepts, as well as exposure to GIS and data analysis.
Description:
Ecological patterns and processes. Spatial variation in landscapes at multiple scales as affected by natural causes and human activity. Landscape ecology in natural resource decision-making and management.
Effective Dates:
SPRING 2010 - Open


FW 842  Population Genetics, Genealogy and Genomics

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Recommended Background:
Pre-calculus, basic genetics
Description:
Population genetic processes underlying patterns of molecular genetic variation. Genealogical approaches to the study of genomic diversity, phylogenetic reconstruction, and molecular ecology.
Interdepartmental With:
Forestry, Animal Science, Horticulture, Genetics, Crop and Soil Sciences
Administered By:
Forestry
Effective Dates:
FALL 1998 - Open


FW 845  Environmental Risk Perception and Decision-Making

Semester:
Spring of odd years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Open to master's students or doctoral students in the School of Criminal Justice or in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife or approval of school.
Description:
Theoretical underpinnings of individual decision-making and risk perception processes. Case studies of the interplay of risk perception and decision-making in an environmental and or criminological context.
Interdepartmental With:
Criminal Justice, Environmental Science and Policy
Administered By:
Criminal Justice
Effective Dates:
SUMMER 2013 - Open


FW 846  Corporate Environmental Crime and Risk

Semester:
Spring of even years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Open to master's students or doctoral students in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife or in the School of Criminal Justice or approval of school.
Description:
Theoretical accounts and multiple interventions relevant to corporate environmental crime and risk. Use of “Smart Regulation” principles to design interventions to match specific problems.
Interdepartmental With:
Criminal Justice, Environmental Science and Policy
Administered By:
Criminal Justice
Effective Dates:
SUMMER 2013 - Open


FW 847  Global Risks, Conservation, and Criminology

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Open to graduate students or approval of school.
Description:
Theories, actors, characteristics and legal instruments associated with risk, conservation, and criminology related to globalization. Current case studies in criminological conservation.
Interdepartmental With:
Criminal Justice, Environmental Science and Policy
Administered By:
Criminal Justice
Effective Dates:
FALL 2011 - Open


FW 849  Applied Bayesian Inference using Monte Carlo Methods for Quantitative Biologists

Semester:
Fall of even years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Recommended Background:
(STT 814 and IBIO 851) or equivalent courses.
Restrictions:
Not open to undergraduate students.
Description:
Applications of Bayesian inference using software in quantitative biology and genetics. Hierarchical and non-hierarchical models. Model checking, model selection and model comparison. Markov chain Monte Carlo methods.
Interdepartmental With:
Animal Science, Statistics and Probability
Administered By:
Fisheries and Wildlife
Effective Dates:
FALL 2016 - Open


FW 850  Applied Multivariate Statistical Methods

Semester:
Spring of even years
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3   Lab Hours: 2
Recommended Background:
(STT 422 or concurrently) and MTH 314
Description:
Application of multivariate methods to research problems. Hotelling's T-test, profile analysis, discriminant analysis, canonical correlation, principal components, principal coordinates, correspondence analysis, and cluster analysis.
Semester Alias:
FOR 976
Interdepartmental With:
Statistics and Probability
Administered By:
Fisheries and Wildlife
Effective Dates:
FALL 2008 - Open


FW 854  Adaptive Management of Natural Resource Systems

Semester:
Fall of odd years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Recommended Background:
ZOL 355
Description:
Principles and practices of adaptive environmental assessment and management. Applications to ecosystem and natural resource management.
Effective Dates:
SPRING 2015 - Open


FW 858  Gender, Justice and Environmental Change : Issues and Concepts

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Recommended Background:
Background in social science, environmental science, or natural resources.
Description:
Issues and concepts related to gender, ecology, and environmental studies. Key debates and theoretical approaches to addressing environmental issues from a gender and social justice perspective. Gender and environment issues and processes from a global perspective.
Interdepartmental With:
Community Sustainability, Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Forestry, Geography, Sociology, Women's Studies
Administered By:
Community Sustainability
Effective Dates:
SUMMER 2016 - Open


FW 859  Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change: Methods and Application

Semester:
Spring of even years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Recommended Background:
Background in social science, environmental science, or natural resources.
Description:
Methods and case studies related to gender, ecology, and environmental studies. Methodological and fieldwork issues from a feminist perspective in international and intercultural contexts. Qualitative and quantitative methods for integrating social and environmental data.
Interdepartmental With:
Anthropology, Forestry, Geography, Sociology
Administered By:
Anthropology
Effective Dates:
SUMMER 2004 - Open


FW 863  Wildlife Disease Ecology

Semester:
Spring of even years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Recommended Background:
Additional course work in ecology, zoology, microbiology and environmental sciences.
Restrictions:
Open to graduate students.
Not open to students with credit in:
FW 463
Description:
Role of wildlife disease in ecological interactions, factors underlying pathogen emergence, mathematical modeling of infectious diseases, conservation medicine.
Interdepartmental With:
Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Integrative Biology
Administered By:
Fisheries and Wildlife
Effective Dates:
FALL 2016 - Open


FW 868  Water Policy and Management

Semester:
Fall of odd years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Recommended Background:
Familiarity with biological and ecological science and environmental policy issues.
Description:
Environmental policy issues associated with the use, management, and protection of water resources and aquatic ecosystems. Case studies in water science and management.
Semester Alias:
FW 468
Effective Dates:
FALL 2009 - Open


FW 869  Community and Conservation

Semester:
Fall of even years, Summer of even years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3
Recommended Background:
Social Science methods, social science theory and environmental coursework.
Description:
Use of experiential, participatory, field-based mode of inquiry to develop understanding of social and cultural issues associated with conservation. Understanding of different social positions and perspectives.
Interdepartmental With:
Sociology
Administered By:
Sociology
Effective Dates:
FALL 2002 - Open


FW 870  Spatial Ecology

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Recommended Background:
(ZOL 851 or concurrently) or Equivalent
Description:
Science of understanding and predicting ecological patterns in space.
Interdepartmental With:
Forestry
Administered By:
Forestry
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


FW 876  Advanced Fish Ecology

Semester:
Fall of odd years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Recommended Background:
(IBIO 355, FW 471 and FW 479) or Ecology, Biology of Fish (Ichthyology), and Fish Management
Restrictions:
Open to graduate students or approval of department.
Description:
Advanced ecology of fishes in freshwater and marine ecosystems.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2015 - Open


FW 877  Fish Population Dynamics

Semester:
Spring of even years
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3   Lab Hours: 2
Recommended Background:
Course in Ecology and Statistics.
Description:
Quantitative analysis of fish populations. Evaluation, causes, and impacts of the rates of change in survival, growth, reproduction, and recruitment for fish populations and their yield.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2016 - Open


FW 885  Leadership in Natural Resources and Environmental Management

Semester:
Fall of odd years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Description:
Theory and practice of leadership in natural resource and environmental management. Integration across disciplinary and jurisdictional divisions.
Interdepartmental With:
Forestry
Administered By:
Fisheries and Wildlife
Effective Dates:
FALL 2016 - Open


FW 891  Advanced Topics

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Variable from 1 to 4
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 10 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Description:
In-depth study of advanced topics in fisheries and wildlife.
Effective Dates:
SUMMER 2006 - Open


FW 893  Seminar in Fisheries and Wildlife

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 1   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 1
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 15 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Description:
Study and research in advanced problems and current developments in fisheries and wildlife.
Effective Dates:
SUMMER 2006 - Open


FW 897  Ecosystem Ecology and Global Change

Semester:
Fall of odd years
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 4
Description:
Structure and function of natural ecosystems and their responses to global environmental change. Biogeochemical cycles, food webs, energy flow, nutrient cycling, and ecosystem management and restoration.
Semester Alias:
ZOL 897
Interdepartmental With:
Integrative Biology, Plant Biology
Administered By:
Integrative Biology
Effective Dates:
SPRING 2017 - Open


FW 898  Master's Research

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Variable from 1 to 6
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 10 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Restrictions:
Open only to graduate students in the Fisheries and Wildlife major.
Description:
Master's degree Plan B research paper.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2001 - Open


FW 899  Master's Thesis Research

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Variable from 1 to 6
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 99 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Restrictions:
Open only to graduate students in the Fisheries and Wildlife major.
Description:
Master's thesis research.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2001 - Open


FW 999  Doctoral Dissertation Research

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Variable from 1 to 24
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 36 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Restrictions:
Open to doctoral students in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.
Description:
Doctoral dissertation research.
Effective Dates:
SUMMER 2014 - Open