The Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences concentration allows students to focus on a strong background in basic fishery ecology, management, and conservation, which includes an understanding of the linkages between land and water.

Students choosing the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences concentration are also required to complete at least 160 hours of paid or non-paid employment related to fishery and aquatic biology.

Effective Spring 2020

A minimum grade of C (2.000) is required in all biological, mathematical/ statistical, physical science, fish, wildlife, and conservation biology, and natural resource courses used to meet graduation requirements for the fish, wildlife, and conservation biology major. The minimum applies to courses taken as substitutions for meeting these requirements. Students choosing the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences concentration are also required to complete at least 80 clock hours in an internship experience related to fishery and aquatic biology.

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
FW 104Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (GT-SC2)3A3
FW 179New-to-the-Major Seminar 1
Select one group from the following: 8
Group A:
  
Principles of Animal Biology (GT-SC2)3A 
Animal Biology Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A 
Principles of Plant Biology (GT-SC1)3A 
Group B:
  
Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)3A 
Biology of Organisms-Animals and Plants (GT-SC1)3A 
Select one group of chemistry and physics courses from the following: 13-15
Group A:
  
Fundamentals of Chemistry (GT-SC2)3A 
Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A 
General Physics I (GT-SC1)3A 
General Physics II (GT-SC1)3A 
Group B:
  
General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)3A 
General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)3A 
General Chemistry II  
General Chemistry Lab II  
Physics of Everyday Phenomena (GT-SC2)3A 
Physics of Everyday Phenomena Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A 
Arts and Humanities3B3
 Total Credits 31-33
Sophomore
 
CHEM 245Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 4
CHEM 246Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
FW 204Introduction to Fishery Biology 3
FW 260Principles of Wildlife Management 3
LIFE 320Ecology 3
STAT 301 or 307Introduction to Applied Statistical Methods
Introduction to Biostatistics
 3
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Introduction to Evolution  
Population and Evolutionary Genetics  
Molecular and General Genetics  
Principles of Genetics  
Select one course from the following: 3
Senior Honors Thesis  
Public Speaking  
Select one course from the following: 4
Calculus for Biological Scientists I (GT-MA1)1B 
Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)1B 
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
 Total Credits 30-31
Summer 
NR 220Natural Resource Ecology and Measurements 5
 Total Credits 5
Junior
 
FW 300Biology and Diversity of Fishes 2
FW 301Ichthyology Laboratory 1
FW 370Design of Fish and Wildlife Projects4A,4B3
FW 4874Internship 1
Select one group from the following: 4
Group A:
  
Applied and General Entomology  
Entomology Laboratory: General  
Group B:
  
Aquatic Insects  
Group C:
  
Animal Biology-Invertebrates  
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Animal Biology-Vertebrates  
Herpetology  
Mammalogy  
Ornithology  
Select one Plant Biology course from the following: 3-4
Plant Identification  
Plant Systematics  
Introductory Phycology  
Plant Ecology  
Forest and Rangeland Ecogeography  
Forest Ecology  
Forest Vegetation Management  
Select one course from the following: 3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Education (GT-CO3)2 
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)2 
Select four credits from the following:5 4
Exploring Earth - Physical Geology (GT-SC2)3A 
Introductory Geology Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A 
The Blue Planet - Geology of Our Environment (GT-SC2)3A 
Geology of Natural Resources (GT-SC2)3A 
Physical Geology for Scientists and Engineers3A 
Sustainable Watersheds (GT-SC2)3A 
Geospatial Applications in Natural Resources  
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems  
Introductory Soil Science  
Historical Perspectives3D3
 Total Credits 27-29
Senior
 
FW 401Fishery Science4C3
Select one group not taken elsewhere from the following: 3-4
Group A:  
Stream Biology and Ecology  
Stream Biology and Ecology Laboratory  
Group B:  
Limnology  
Group C:  
Conservation of Marine Megafauna  
Group D:  
Waterfowl Ecology and Management  
Group E:  
Sustaining River Ecosystems in Changing World  
Group F:  
Coastal Environmental Ecology  
Select two courses from the following: 6-7
Conservation of Fish in Aquatic Ecosystems  
Fish Culture  
Fish Physiology  
Select one Human Dimensions course not taken elsewhere from the following: 3
Issues in Animal Conservation and Management  
American Environmental History  
Natural Resources History and Policy  
Public Communication in Natural Resources  
Social Aspects of Natural Resource Management  
Environmental Governance  
Applications in Environmental Communication  
Ethics of Sustainability  
Environmental Ethics  
U.S. Environmental Politics and Policy  
Population-Natural Resources and Environment  
Introduction to Environmental Justice  
Society and Environment  
Water, Society, and Environment  
Arts and Humanities3B3
Diversity and Global Awareness3E3
Guided Electives6 3
Electives7 0-3
 Total Credits 26-27
 Program Total Credits: 120

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:The curriculum for the Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology major – Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences concentration assumes students enter college prepared to take calculus.  Students who have not met the prerequisites for calculus, will be required to successfully complete the prerequisites in their first year.  A minimum grade of C (2.000) is required in all biological, mathematical/ statistical, physical science, fish, wildlife, and conservation biology, and natural resource courses used to meet graduation requirements for the fish, wildlife, and conservation biology major. The minimum applies to courses taken as substitutions for meeting degree requirements. NR 220 is a summer course in which students reside at CSU’s Mountain Campus. Students must choose ONE of two CHEM + PH paths: (Path A) CHEM 107/CHEM 108 and PH 121/PH 122 OR (Path B) CHEM 111, CHEM 112, CHEM 113, CHEM 114 and PH 110/PH 111. Students must also choose ONE biology group A) BZ 110/BZ 111/BZ 120 or B) LIFE 102/LIFE 103. Students choosing the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences concentration are also required to complete at least 80 clock hours in an internship experience related to fishery and aquatic biology.  Students must sign up for 1 credit of FW 487 during the semester in which they are completing their internship or work experience requirement.

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)  1A3
FW 104Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (GT-SC2)  3A3
FW 179New-to-the-Major Seminar   1
Select one group from the following:X  4
Group A:    
Principles of Animal Biology (GT-SC2)  3A 
Animal Biology Laboratory (GT-SC1)  3A 
Group B:    
Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)  3A 
Select one group from the following:X  5
Group A:    
General Physics I (GT-SC1)  3A 
Group B:    
General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)  3A 
General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)  3A 
MATH 117, MATH 118, and MATH 124 must be completed by the end of Semester 1.X   
 Total Credits   16
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:X  4
Principles of Plant Biology (GT-SC1)  3A 
Biology of Organisms-Animals and Plants (GT-SC1)  3A 
Select one group from the following:X  8-10
Group A:    
Fundamentals of Chemistry (GT-SC2)  3A 
Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (GT-SC1)  3A 
General Physics II (GT-SC1)  3A 
Group B:    
General Chemistry II    
General Chemistry Lab II    
Physics of Everyday Phenomena (GT-SC2)  3A 
Physics of Everyday Phenomena Laboratory (GT-SC1)  3A 
Arts and Humanities  3B3
CO 150, AUCC 1B (Quantitative Reasoning), and MATH 125 must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15-17
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 245Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry   4
CHEM 246Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry Laboratory   1
FW 204Introduction to Fishery Biology X 3
Select one course from the following:   3-4
Introduction to Evolution    
Population and Evolutionary Genetics    
Molecular and General Genetics    
Principles of Genetics    
Select one course from the following:X  4
Calculus for Biological Scientists I (GT-MA1)  1B 
Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)  1B 
 Total Credits   15-16
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
FW 260Principles of Wildlife Management X 3
LIFE 320Ecology X 3
Select one course from the following:   3
Senior Honors Thesis    
Public Speaking    
Select one course from the following: X 3
Introduction to Applied Statistical Methods    
Introduction to Biostatistics    
Social and Behavioral Sciences  3C3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
NR 220Natural Resource Ecology and MeasurementsX  5
 Total Credits   5
Junior
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
FW 487Internship   1
Select four credits from the following:   4
Exploring Earth - Physical Geology (GT-SC2)  3A 
Introductory Geology Laboratory (GT-SC1)  3A 
The Blue Planet - Geology of Our Environment (GT-SC2)  3A 
Geology of Natural Resources (GT-SC2)  3A 
Physical Geology for Scientists and Engineers  3A 
Sustainable Watersheds (GT-SC2)  3A 
Geospatial Applications in Natural Resources    
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems    
Introductory Soil Science    
Select one course from the following: X 3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Education (GT-CO3)  2 
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)  2 
Select one group from the following: X 4
Group A:    
Applied and General Entomology    
Entomology Laboratory: General    
Group B:    
Aquatic Insects    
Group C:    
Animal Biology-Invertebrates    
Plant Biology Elective (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   3-4
STAT 301 or STAT 307, FW 260, and LIFE 320 must be completed by the end of Semester 6.X   
 Total Credits   15-16
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
FW 300 (Spring only)Biology and Diversity of FishesX  2
FW 301Ichthyology LaboratoryX  1
FW 370Design of Fish and Wildlife Projects X4A,4B3
Select one course from the following:   3-4
Animal Biology-Vertebrates    
Herpetology    
Mammalogy    
Ornithology    
Historical Perspectives  3D3
 Total Credits   12-13
Senior
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
FW 401 (Fall only)Fishery ScienceX 4C3
Select one group from the following:   3-4
Group A:    
Stream Biology and Ecology    
Stream Biology and Ecology Laboratory    
Group B:    
Limnology    
Group C:    
Conservation of Marine Megafauna    
Group D:    
Waterfowl Ecology and Management    
Group E:    
Sustaining River Ecosystems in Changing World    
Group F:     
Coastal Environmental Ecology    
Select one course from the following:   3-4
Conservation of Fish in Aquatic Ecosystems    
FW 402 (Spring only)
Fish Culture    
FW 405 (Spring of odd years only)
Fish Physiology    
Human Dimensions Elective (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   3
BSPM 302 /BSPM 303A, or BSPM 445, or BZ 212 must be completed by the end of Semester 8.    
 Total Credits   12-14
Semester 9CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:X  3-4
FW 400 (Fall only)
Conservation of Fish in Aquatic Ecosystems    
Fish Culture    
FW 405 (Odd years only)
Fish Physiology    
Arts and HumanitiesX 3B3
Diversity and Global AwarenessX 3E3
Guided Elective ( See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab.)X  3
ElectivesX  0-3
The benchmark courses for the 9th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   12-15
 Program Total Credits:   120