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Course List

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Your Wildlife 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 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.

Course Descriptions

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.

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.

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

WLF 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)

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

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.

Math 170 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (4 cr)

Carries 2 credits after Math 160. Functions, limits, continuity, differentiation, integration, applications, differentiation and integration of transcendental functions. Primarily for students in engineering, mathematics, science or computer science. Prereq: Math 143 (with a grade of C or better) and Math 144 (concurrent enrollment in Math 144 is allowed although it is recommended that students complete Math 144 before enrolling in Math 170); or demonstrated proficiency through a sufficiently high score on the ACT, SAT, or COMPASS tests.

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

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

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

WLF 314 Wildlife Ecology I (3 cr)

Ecology and natural history of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. (Fall only) Prereq: For 221, REM 221, or Biol 314

WLF 315 Wildlife Ecology I Laboratory (1 cr)

Techniques associated with wildlife research and local habitats and areas where wildlife species are present. Three hours of lab a week. One weekend field trip required. Two additional animal trapping sessions also required. (Fall only) Prereq or Coreq: WLF 314

WLF 316 Wildlife Ecology II (4 cr)

Application of principles of ecology to conservation and management of wildlife in natural and altered habitats. Three lec and one lab a wk; three days of field trips. (Spring only) Prereq: WLF 314 and 315 with a grade of 'C' or better; or Permission

WLF 440 Conservation Biology (3 cr)

Patterns of biological diversity; factors producing changes in diversity; values of diversity; management principles applied to small populations, protected areas, landscape linkages, biotic integrity, restoration, legal issues, and funding sources. (Fall only) Prereq: For 221, REM 221, or Biol 314 or Permission

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

WLF 492 Wildlife Management (4 cr)

Review of social and biological context for current practice of wildlife management. Three lec and one lab a wk; two days of field trips. (Spring only) Prereq: WLF 316 and WLF 448. Prereq or Coreq: WLF 482, Biol 481 or Biol 483

WLF 495 (s) Wildlife Seminar (1-2 cr)

Discuss integrating biological, social, political, economic, and philosophic aspects of wildlife problems. (Fall only) Prereq: Senior standing

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

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

Comm 431 Applied Business and Professional Communication (3 cr)

Principles, skills development, and practical applications of public communication within business and other organizational contexts; emphasis on using media for creating business presentations and on the role of effective communication in career management and civic and community development. Recommended Preparation: Comm 101 and 235.

Engl 208 (s) Personal and Exploratory Writing (3 cr)

Intermediate course in the practices of personal and exploratory writing; may include personal narrative and observation, autobiography, or extended reflection; special attention to prose style and voice; includes research-based writing. Prereq: Engl 102 or Equivalent

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

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

Biol 483 Mammalogy (3 cr)

Evolution, systematics, distribution, and biology of mammals. Two lec and one 3-hr lab a wk; one field trip. (Fall only) Prereq: Biol 115 and 116

Biol 489 Herpetology (4 cr)

Evolution, systematics, physiology, and ecology of reptiles and amphibians. Three lectures and one 3-hr lab a wk; field trip. (Fall only) Prereq: Biol 115 and 116

WLF 482 Ornithology (4 cr)

Evolution, systematics, distribution, identification, and biology of birds, including current conservation efforts. Requires two days of field trips. (Spring only) Prereq: Biol 213