Curriculum: Fisheries and Wildlife Administration – Online

The Professional Science Master's in Fisheries and Wildlife Administration (PSMFWA) online degree program includes an interdisciplinary curriculum, professional skills training and an internship. 

Program curriculum – 45 credits needed to graduate

Students work with an academic advisor to choose courses that will meet their personal career goals. Because of the diverse selection of courses offered online through OSU Ecampus, students can focus on topics that best meet their interest and path in life.

The PSMFWA curriculum is divided into four required sections, which are listed below. Each section offers a variety of courses to complete each requirement.

Biophysical sciences core (20 credits minimum), including at least one quantitative skills course

  • Fisheries and wildlife-related science (such as physical hydrology, limnology, marine fisheries, wildlife behavior, wildlife ecology, biology of invasive plants)
  • At least one quantitative skills course in fisheries and wildlife science (such as remote sensing, methods of data analysis, natural resource analysis, vertebrate population dynamics).

Social sciences core (12 credits minimum)

  • Two required courses: 
    • Structured Decision Making in Natural Resources 
    • Ecological Policy or Fisheries and Wildlife Law and Policy
  • Plus, students must take another seven credits, with at least one course in each of the following groups:
    • Policy courses, such as environmental law, intro to ocean law, science and politics, land use in the American west, public land and resource law
    • Human dimensions courses, such as marine economics, environmental ethics, social aspects of sustainable natural resources, environmental sociology, society and natural resources

Business, communications and management skills core (6 credits minimum) 

  • Students complete their minimum of six credits through courses such as environmental interpretation, communication and the practice of science, water governance and conflict management, advanced scientific and technical writing and professional skills.  
  • At least one credit must be in ethics: responsible conduct of research; environmental ethics; research ethics; or basic beliefs and ethics in natural resources. 

Internship (6 credits minimum)
Students in this degree program must complete an internship. The PSM program internship coordinator will work with you to find and structure an internship experience to fulfill the goals of your program of study.

Ethics in research and natural resource management (1 credit minimum)

Total credits required to graduate = 45

To view the complete list of courses for this degree program, please visit the Oregon State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife PSMFWA webpage.


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