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Your Fishery Resources degree has a number of course electives that will expand your knowledge and meet your goals.
Your degree may also be enhanced with a minor in Aquaculture or one of our other programs. Many of our classes cross over and help you build minor credits.
For detailed information, please visit the catalog description for this degree and its options.
Biol 115 Cells and the Evolution of Life (4 cr)
The cell, heredity and evolutionary processes. Three lec and one 3-hr lab a wk. Coreq: Chem 101 or 111
Biol 116 Organisms and Environments (4 cr)
The evolution of diversity, the biology of plants and animals, and their environments. Three lec and one 3-hr lab a wk. Prereq: Biol 115 and Chem 101 or 111
Biol 213 Principles of Biological Structure and Function (4 cr)
Principles of physiology in plants and animals (homeostasis, hormonal and neural control systems, organismal physiology). Three lec and one 3-hr lab a wk. (Spring only) Prereq: Biol 115
Chem 101 Introduction to Chemistry I (4 cr)
Full credit may be earned in only one of the following: Chem 101, or 111. General treatment of the fundamentals of chemistry. Three lec and one 3-hr lab a wk. Does not satisfy the prereq for Chem 112.
Comm 101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2 cr)
Skills and techniques of effective speaking.
Econ 202 Principles of Microeconomics (3 cr)
Econ 201 and Econ 202 may be taken in either order. Microeconomic principles governing production, price relationships, and income distribution. Econ 201 or Econ 202 carry only two cr after Econ 272. May involve some evening exams.
Fish 102 The Fish and Wildlife Professions (1 cr)
Same as WLF 102. Orientation of students to the profession of fishery resources and wildlife resources: introduction to fish and wildlife faculty, review of fish and wildlife curriculum, awareness of career opportunities, employment procedures, associated job duties/responsibilities, job preparation, educational preparation, and management challenges in the Pacific Northwest. (Fall only)
For 235 Society and Natural Resources (3 cr)
Same as CSS 235. An exploration of how people use, value, manage, impact, and are affected by natural resources; course emphasizes social and economic realities and political and legal processes in a context of current and historical natural resource issues. Two lectures and one 1-hr small discussion group meeting a week.
Math 160 Survey of Calculus (4 cr)
Carries no credit after Math 170. Functions, graphing, derivative, integral, exponential and logarithmic functions, functions of several variables. Primarily for students in business, life sciences or architecture who need only one semester of calculus.
Prereq: Sufficient score on SAT, ACT, or COMPASS Math Test, or Math 137 with a C or better, or Math 143 with a C or better. Required test scores can be found online.
NR 101 Exploring Natural Resources (1 cr)
Introduction to the interdisciplinary fields and professions in natural resources. (Fall only)
Stat 251 Statistical Methods (3 cr)
Credit awarded for only one of Stat 251, Stat 301, and Stat 416. Intro to statistical methods including design of statistical studies, basic sampling methods, descriptive statistics, probability and sampling distributions; inference in surveys and experiments, regression, and analysis of variance.
Prereq: Math 108, Math 137, Math 143, Math 160, Math 170, or 2 yrs of high school algebra and Permission
Chem 275 Carbon Compounds (3 cr)
Aspects of organic chemistry important to students in the life sciences.
Prereq: Chem 101, 111, or Permission
Chem 277 Organic Chemistry I (3 cr)
Principles and theories of organic chemistry; properties, preparation, and reactions of organic compounds.
Prereq: Chem 112
For 221 Ecology (3 cr)
Fundamental principles of ecology. Major topics covered in the course include the physical environment, how organisms interact with each other and their environment, evolutionary processes, population dynamics, communities, energy flow and ecosystems, human influences on ecosystems, and the integration and scaling of ecological processes through systems ecology. Recommended preparation: introductory botany and zoology
Prereq: Biol 102/102L, 115, 116, or PlSc 205; or Permission
REM 221 Ecology (3 cr)
Fundamental principles of ecology. Major topics covered by the course include the physical environment, how organisms interact with each other and their environment, evolutionary processes, population dynamics, communities, energy flow and ecosystems, human influences on ecosystems, and the integration and scaling of ecological processes through systems ecology. Computer-based materials are used extensively for guided independent learning of ecology. An online version of this course is offered as a separate section. Recommended Preparation: Introductory botany, zoology and good working knowledge of Windows-based computer systems.
Prereq: Biol 102/102L, 115, or 116; or Permission
Geol 101 Physical Geology (3 cr)
The earth, its composition, structure, and natural processes. Three lec and 2 hrs of lab a wk; one 1-day field trip.
Soil 205 The Soil Ecosystem (3 cr)
Introduction to the physical, chemical, and biological nature of soils.
Prereq: Chem 101 or satisfy Prereq for Chem 111
Soil 206 The Soil Ecosystem Lab (1 cr)
Lab study relevant to Soil 205. Experiments and demonstrations on basic and applied aspects of soil science. One 3-hr lab a wk.
Coreq: Soil 205
Phys 100 Fundamentals of Physics (3 cr)
For students in nontechnical fields. Conceptual study of laws of nature and their application, including mechanics, heat, electricity and magnetism, light, and modern physics. Three lec and one 2-hr lab a wk. (Spring only)
Phys 111 General Physics I (3 cr)
Kinematics, forces and dynamics, conservation laws, thermodynamics, waves. Three lec, one recitation, and one 2-hr lab a wk.
Prereq: Math 143
Biol 481 Ichthyology (4 cr)
Anatomy, taxonomy, physiology, genetics, and zoogeography of fishes. Three lec and one 3-hr lab a wk. (Spring only)
Prereq: Biol 115 and 116
CSS 383 Natural Resource and Ecosystem Service Economics (3 cr)
The role and application of economic theories and methods in natural resource and ecosystem service decision-making. Economic tools are applied to the management of forests, fisheries, rangeland, recreation, wildlife, and other contemporary issues. (Spring only)
Prereq: For 235 or CSS 235; and Econ 202 or Econ 272; and Math 143
Fish 314 Fish Ecology (3 cr)
Examination of physical, chemical, and biological factors that affect fish populations and communities, with emphasis on environmental stressors. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students. (Fall only)
Prereq: For 221, REM 221, or Biol 314
Fish 315 Fish Ecology Lab (1 cr)
Laboratory and field experience in fish ecology with emphasis on field techniques, laboratory experimentation, and habitat assessment. One weekend field trip and several day trips required. (Fall only)
Prereq: For 221, REM 221, or Biol 314. Coreq: Fish 314
Fish 316 Principles of Population Dynamics (2 cr)
Basic principles of population ecology of animals. Taught first half of semester. (Spring only)
Prereq: Fish 314 and Fish 315 with a grade of 'C' or better and For 221, REM 221, or Biol 314; or Permission
Fish 415 Limnology (4 cr)
Physical, chemical, and biological features of lakes and streams. Four 1-day field trips. (Fall only)
Prereq: Stat 251 and For 221, REM 221, or Biol 314
Fish 418 Fisheries Management (4 cr)
Techniques employed in sampling and application of principles toward managing recreational and commercial aquatic resources. Three lec and one 3-hr lab a wk; two weekend field trips. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students. (Fall only)
Prereq: Fish 314, Biol 481, Stat 251
Fish 495 (s) Seminar (1 cr)
Discuss integrating biological, social, political, economic, and philosophic aspects of problems in managing fishery resources. (Spring only)
Prereq: Senior standing
For 375 Introduction to Spatial Analysis for Natural Resource Management (3 cr)
Methods and techniques for obtaining quantitative and qualitative geospatial information from aerial and satellite images, maps, and the Global Positioning System for input into geographic information systems. Analysis of geospatial data for mapping, monitoring and planning associated with all aspects of natural resource management. Two lec and one 2-hr lab a wk.
Prereq: College Algebra
MMBB 250 General Microbiology (3 cr)
May be used with MMBB 255 as general education credit in J-3-b. Same as FS 250. Introduction to nature and activity of bacteria and other microorganisms; their importance in all life systems. Three hrs of lec per wk. (Fall only)
Prereq: Chem 101 or Chem 111
WLF 448 Fish and Wildlife Population Ecology (4 cr)
Dynamics of animal populations resulting from balance between birth, death, and movement processes; quantitative methods for measuring distribution, abundance, survival and population growth; competition, predation, and self-regulation; viability and management of fish and wildlife populations. Three lec and one lab a wk. (Fall only)
Prereq: Stat 251; and Fish 316, WLF 316, or course in vertebrate ecology
AVS 271 Anatomy and Physiology (3 cr)
Structure and function of tissues and organ systems of domestic and wild animals.
Prereq: Biol 115 or MMBB 250
Biol 423 Comparative Vertebrate Physiology (3 cr)
Comparative physiology of the major organ systems found in vertebrates. May involve some evening exams. (Fall only)
Prereq: Biol 213, and Chem 275 or 277
Engl 313 Business Writing (3 cr)
Principles and practice in writing business correspondence, memoranda, and reports that employ conventions, tone, and style appropriate to the specific discourse situation. Recommended for students with some business background or upper-level standing.
Prereq: Engl 102 or Equivalent; Sophomore standing
Engl 317 Technical Writing (3 cr)
Principles of clear writing related to technical style; problems such as technical description, proposals, formal reports, and technical correspondence.
Prereq: Engl 102 or Equivalent; Junior standing or Permission
Fish 422 Concepts in Aquaculture (3 cr)
Concepts and methods of extensive and intensive aquaculture in warm water and cold water systems. Two field trips reqd (a 1-day and a 3-day field trip). Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students. (Spring only) Prereq or Coreq: Biol 481
Fish 424 Fish Health Management (4 cr)
Epidemiology, prevention, diagnostics, and treatment of infections and non-infectious diseases of free-living and confined finfish and shellfish. Two field trips reqd (a 1-day and a 3-day field trip). Recommended Preparation: Fish 422. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students. (Spring only)
Prereq: MMBB 250
Biol 310 Genetics (4 cr)
Genetic mechanisms in animals, plants, and microorganisms. Three lec and one 3-hr lab a wk. (Fall only)
Prereq: Biol 115 or MMBB 250
Gene 314 General Genetics (3 cr)
Principles of molecular genetics, microbial genetics, cytogenetics, qualitative genetics, quantitative genetics, and population genetics. (Spring only)
Prereq: Biol 115 or MMBB 154 or perm