Wildlife Science (WSCI)

WSCI 6199  Seminar  1 SCH  (1)  

Student reports and discussions of recent literature and current investigations. The nature of the subject matter covered will be dependent upon the student's area of specialization and how advanced he/she is in his/her graduate studies. Accepted aids for presenting such group reports will be noted and used by students in their presentations. May be repeated for a maximum of three credit hours toward minimum hours for an advanced degree. Prerequisite: approval of the student's major instructor or graduate committee.

WSCI 6302  Biopolitics and PR  3 SCH  (3)  

Legislation, administration, public relations and biopolitics as they relate to range and wildlife management.

WSCI 6371  Wildlife Nutrition  3 SCH  (3)  

Role of nutrition in wildlife management, wildlife nutrient requirements, digestion and nutrient metabolism, evaluation of nutritional status and nutrient regulation of wildlife populations.

WSCI 6372  Wildlife Conservation Biol  3 SCH  (3)  

A multidisciplinary science that deals with the crisis confronting biological diversity and species extinction. Topics include biology and management of small populations, landscape ecology and fragmentation theory, theory of species diversity and the application of wildlife management techniques/strategies for species conservation.

WSCI 6374  WildlifeResearch Methods  3 SCH  (3)  

Research methods for analyzing the response of wildlife populations to environmental factors and management treatments. Content includes research philosophy and creativity; experimental design in field-scale projects; advanced methods of population analysis (density, survival, mortality); inferences from radiotelemetry data; and technical article preparation.

WSCI 6381  Wildlife Population Ecology  3 SCH  (3)  

Study of factors affecting wildlife population dynamics, quantitative examinations of population properties, controls and census methods.

WSCI 6382  Waterfowl  3 SCH  (2-2)  

WSCI 6386  Rangeland Synecology  3 SCH  (3)  

Study of range ecosystems; causes and patterns of community development, interaction of plants and animals, succession and other community changes. Field activity may be required.

WSCI 6387  Wildlife Habitat Mgmt  3 SCH  (3)  

Presentation of habitat requirements and management of wildlife species. Discussion of habitat analysis and evaluation techniques.

WSCI 6390  Adv Studies Range and Nat Res  3 SCH  (0-3)  

Material offered will be determined by the needs of the students. Laboratory and lecture will vary according to the subject needs. May be repeated under a different topic.

WSCI 6391  Ecosys Function and Management  3 SCH  (3)  

Discussion course focuses on foundational papers on aspects of ecosystem function, relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem services and philosophy and applications of ecosystem management.

WSCI 6392  Wildlife & Nat Resource Sci  3 SCH  (3)  

Discussion course focuses on a wide variety of mathematical models and their applications in wildlife science. Topics such as assumptions of frequentist and non=parametric statistics, information-theoretic models, occupancy modeling, distance sampling, population viability analyses, multivariate statistics are covered based on specific research needs of the graduate students enrolled in this class.

WSCI 6394  Grazing Management  3 SCH  (3)  

Physiological processes, morphological development, nutritional qualities and palatability of range plants as a basis for grazing management strategies for domestic and wild animals, and the impact of the grazing systems on vegetation, livestock, wildlife and watershed.

WSCI 6395  Probs in Range and Wldlfe Mgt  3 SCH  (0-3)  

Independent work which may include a laboratory or field problem. Variable credit dependent upon the problem; may be repeated for a total of 6 semester hours. Prerequisite: approval of a staff member who will supervise the problem.

WSCI 6396  Avian Community Ecology  3 SCH  (3)  

Evolutionary concepts that shape avian communities, including mating systems, reproductive strategies, foraging adaptations, brood parasitism, responses to predation and competition.

WSCI 6397  Wildlife Diseases  3 SCH  (3)  

Infectious and noninfectious diseases of wildlife, epizootiology and theoretical disease ecology as it relates to individuals and populations, wildlife management strategies and human-wildlife interactions.

WSCI 6999  Dissertation Research  3-9 SCH  (3-9)