Curriculum and Syllabi

Please scroll down to the FWCB section in the CSU Catalog for more details about the courses listed below.

BIO320 or LIFE320 -Ecology  (Syllabus)
Interrelationships among organisms and their environments using conceptual models and quantitative approaches.


FW104 Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (Syllabus)
Essentials of wildlife ecology as a foundation for understanding issues on the origins, management and conservation of biodiversity


FW104 Wildlife Ecology and Conservation – ONLINE (Syllabus)
Essential of wildlife ecology as a foundation for understanding issues on the origins, management and conservation of biodiversity.  This is an on-line course.


FW111 Basic Outdoor Skills in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology – Fall Semester only (Syllabus)
Introduction and development of basic outdoor skills


FW179 FWCB New-to-the-major Seminar (Syllabus)
Seminar designed to introduce students new to the FWCB major to concepts, research, faculty, careers and other students in FWCB.


FW204 Introduction to Fishery Biology -Fall Semesters (Syllabus)
Exposure to sampling techniques, agencies, and topics in fishery biology careers.


FW260 Principles of Wildlife Mgmt (Syllabi: Fall, Spring)
Ecology principles applied to conservation and management of fish /wildlife resources. Quantitative methods, socioeconomic factors, population dynamics.


FW300 Ichthyology -Spring Semesters (Syllabus)
Biology of fishes: anatomy, taxonomy, physiology, behavior, ecology, evolution, and zoogeography.


FW301 Ichthyology Laboratory- Spring Semesters (Syllabus)
Anatomy, taxonomy, evolution, and ecology of North American freshwater fishes.


FW310 Mapping Diverse Perspectives in Conservation (Syllabus)       This course will provide students with principles and geospatial tools to explore conservation science and practice through diverse social and cultural perspectives. Through discussions and hands-on mapping exercises, students will gain competency in justice, equity, diverstiy, and inclusion in the context of natural resource conservaiton in conjunction with applied GIS skills. These skills will prepare students to meaningfully engage in multicultural perspectives in fish and wildlife conservation. Experience with GIS is not required.


FW370 Design of Wildlife Projects (Syllabi: Fall , Spring)
Design, analysis, and evaluation of wildlife projects; lab exercises in design and data analysis; preparation and presentation of project proposals.


FW375 Field Wildlife Studies- Spring Semesters (Syllabus) Summer 2020 (Syllabus)
Field trip to see wildlife management and habitats and to discuss problems and practices with professional ecologists and resources managers.


FW382 Travel Abroad – Wildlife Ecology/Conservation – Baja CS, Mexico (Winter Semesters) (Syllabus)
Understanding the natural history of the fish and wildlife species, wildlife management and conservation history, wildlife management practices between the U.S. and another country and integration of ecology principles into management actions unique to an international location.


FW400 Conservation of Fish in Aquatic Ecosystems- Fall Semesters  (Syllabus)
Ecological processes that create habitat and biotic template for fish in aquatic ecosystems; human effects; strategies for conserving fishes.


FW401 Fishery Science -Fall Semesters  (Syllabus)
Theory, philosophy, and applications for study and management of fishery resources.


FW402 Fish Culture- Spring Semesters  (Syllabus)
Principles and practices to produce food, bait, and sport fishes.


FW405 Fish Physiological Ecology -Spring Even Semesters   (Syllabus)
Physiological ecology of fishes; functional adaptations and adjustments used to cope with environmental and physiological states.


FW430 Waterfowl Ecology and Management- Spring Semesters (Syllabus)                                                                                          Apply concepts from life history theory, evolutionary ecology, population ecology, community ecology, and wildlife management to familiarize students with the ecology and management of North American waterfowl across their migratory life cycles.


FW455 Principles of Conservation Biology (Syllabi: Fall, Spring Even)
Review of efforts to study and conserve biological diversity, focused on fish and wildlife populations.


FW465 Manage Human-Wildlife Conflicts- Fall Odd Semesters  (Syllabus)                                                                                          Methods for resolving conflicts caused by wildlife; integrating animal behavior, population dynamics, economics, and human dimensions into solutions.


FW467 Wildlife Disease Ecology -Fall Semesters (Syllabus)
Ecological, epidemiological, and evolutionary principles to understand the impact that disease has on fish and wildlife population and, in turn, the impact wildlife disease has on humans.


FW468 Bird Ecology and Conservation- Fall Semesters
Introduction to the principles and the practice of avian ecology and conservation. Learn to identify local birds by sight and sound, employ field methods (e.g., bird banding), participate in long-term applied research projects, collect and analyze data independently, and interact with conservation practitioners.


FW469 Conservation in Mgmt of Large Mammals- Fall Odd Semesters (Syllabus)
Ecology and management of large wild mammals with emphasis on North American species both hunted and non-hunted. FW471 Wildlife Data Collection and Analysis


FW471 Wildlife Data Collection and Analysis – Capstone Course for Wildlife Concentration majors (Syllabi: Fall, Spring)
Analysis methods used in wildlife management and research; adaptive resource management with emphasis on learning through field and computer labs.


FW475 Conservation Decision Analysis- Spring Odd Semesters (Syllabus)
Structured approaches to conservation and management of vertebrates; articulating objectives, developing management options, and predicting outcomes.


FW477/677 Habitat for Wildlife- Fall Semesters (not being taught) (Syllabus)
Wildlife habitat evaluation, classification, and improvement; management of natural and altered environments for wildlife; wildlife indicator species.


FW496B- Group Study-Wildlife Biology (Syllabus)                                                                                                                                 One credit course that will discuss natural resource -or outdoor- related theme that ties in with other coursework many students are taking. Many of the themes are rooted in the history of natural resources and the North American outdoors.


FW573 Travel Abroad – Wildlife Ecology/Conservation -Offered Through Education Abroad (Syllabus)
Study tour of various overseas ecosystems and natural resources conservation programs; discussions with local ecologists/managers.


NR300 Biological Diverstiy- Spring and Fall Semesters (Syllabus)                                                                                                         Biological diversity examined in context of species; extinction. Principles, techniques of conservation biology utilized to understand and resolve issues.