Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management - BS, Aquaculture and Fisheries Management Track

Texas rangeland, woodland, wetland, and aquatic ecosystems provide the citizens of Texas with a multitude of benefits. These benefits include income, water, recreation, wildlife habitat, and scenic beauty. The population of Texas grew over 15% from 2010 to 2020 to approximately 29 million. This population increase has impacted several key regions in the state, e.g., suburban areas and the Hill Country. However, this rapid population growth and environmental change threaten resilience and sustainability of these vital ecosystems. Educating ecosystem managers skilled in making decisions that promote sustainability and resilience is a primary goal of the faculty and staff of the Department of Rangeland, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management (RWFM). The RWFM curriculum provides graduates with the necessary skills and integrates knowledge from several science disciplines. The synergy that arises from the integration of biological, physical, and social sciences in RWFM gives rise to novel real-­‐world solutions suitable for uncertainty and unprecedented change. The RWFM curriculum is not entrenched in any one discipline or any single ecosystem. It equips students with the breadth and depth of knowledge that is reflective of the diversity in the ecosystems in which we live and the issues we face.

Aquaculture and Fisheries Management Track

This track in the interdisciplinary degree program focuses on integration of applied fisheries management and aquaculture production disciplines, to prepare students for immediate careers or future graduate studies related to fishery resources and sustainable management of captive (aquaculture) and wild (fisheries) fish populations. A multi-disciplinary approach to aquaculture and fisheries management education and research is promoted to prepare students for a great variety of rewarding careers. The Aquaculture and Fisheries Management track combines a strong foundation in chemistry, mathematics, and biology with advanced courses in the applied principles and techniques necessary to sustainably manage wild fish populations or aquaculture production operations. Advanced courses are designed to provide students a broad understanding of these disciplines, incorporating education and applied research of fish biology, physiology, nutrition, disease, population management, habitat management, hatchery management, commercial aquaculture production, restoration and stock enhancement aquaculture, aquatic ecosystem management, and water quality management. The Aquaculture and Fisheries Management track will prepare graduates to be the link between stakeholders, consumers, managers/producers, scientists, and policy makers when handling traditional and emerging, multifaceted issues that occur when managing fisheries or aquaculture production.