RWFM - Rang Wild & Fish Mgmt (RWFM)

RWFM 202 Concepts in Applied Plant Biology

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 2 Lab Hours.

Overview of diversity in form and function present in the plant kingdom with linkage to the human condition; emphasis on the full spectrum of plant groups ranging from the lower plants to the highly advanced seed plants; selected families and genera considered in detail regarding important ecological and anthropogenic values; exploration of the structural, reproductive and ecological attributes from the cellular level to the whole organism; basic concepts of botanical classification and nomenclature.

RWFM 305 Principles and Practices of Wildlife and Fisheries Management

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

A broad survey of the diverse fields of wildlife, fisheries, and aquaculture management; exploration of professions for students interested in pursuing related careers; overview of the history and philosophical underpinnings of modern wildlife and fisheries management; emphasis on key subfields of each field that are translatable into post-graduate careers.

RWFM 321 Communicating Natural Resources

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

. Principles of effectively communicating natural resource science to a diverse stakeholder group; development of critical skills for obtaining and retaining employment in the Rangeland, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management fields; experience in audience identification, mixed-media presentations and interpersonal communications skills unique to the culture of diverse natural resources stakeholders.
Prerequisite: RWFM major.

RWFM 345 Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management and Policy

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Social science principles that can help identify and address problems in natural resource and environmental management with two goals; exploration of concepts that help explain why people affect the environment as they do; introduction to methods for influencing and understanding human behavior that can be used to promote community and environmental sustainability.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

RWFM 349 Rangeland and Wildlife Animal Nutrition

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Connection of the life history of wild and domestic animals with the quality of their habitat by examining the transfer of energy and nutrients from foods to body tissues and activities for survival, growth and reproduction; exploration of the use of nutrition for management and conservation of rangelands and wildlands.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification; RENR 205 or BIOL 357; ANSC 107 and ANSC 108 or BIOL 107.

RWFM 350 Wildlife Population Dynamics

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

Development of a background in population dynamics of wildlife species, and basic estimation of those parameters; theoretical components, how populations are measured, underlying heuristic theories of population dynamics, and methods for assessing wildlife population dynamics and estimating population size.
Prerequisite: STAT 302, MATH 147, MATH 150, and RENR 205.

RWFM 354 Wildlife Anatomy and Physiology

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

Fundamental knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of wild animals; comparative form and function of all major vertebrate systems; familiarity with anatomical or physiological characteristics of various groups limit or allow their exploitation of different habitat types; examination and recognition of interactions between animals and their environment.
Prerequisite: RWFM majors; BIOL 111 and BIOL 112 .

RWFM 370 Aquatic Vegetation Management

Credits 2. 2 Lecture Hours.

Identification and management of common and problematic aquatic vegetation species; aquatic plant ecology and management of aquatic vegetation as aquatic animal habitat; management methods include physical, chemical and biological methods as well as propagation and introduction and restoration.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

RWFM 401 Rangeland Plant and Herbivory Dynamics

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Evaluation of the effects of herbivory at the plant population and community levels; developmental plant morphology and plant resistance to grazing; foraging strategies of herbivores relating to landscape and plant attributes along with animal nutritional needs; manipulation of the grazing process to meet management objectives; focus on resilience, adaptive management and alternative goods and services along with grazing topics.
Prerequisite: ESSM 314.

RWFM 421 Upland Bird Management

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

Basic morphological, physiological and nutritional characteristics important to upland bird management, both game and non-game; history of upland bird habitat and management in the U.S., as well as current status of various groups of species; emphasis on population and habitat management techniques relevant to specific species; application of management principles to current, real-world management problems.
Prerequisite: RWFM majors; WFSC 402 and RWFM 350.

RWFM 422 Large Mammal Management

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

Management of various herbivorous large mammals, both game and non-game; development of knowledge on how to implement habitat and population management techniques to achieve management goals; history of modern wildlife management as it relates to the restoration and harvest of various species as game that once were imperiled; utilization of natural history information in the selection of the most the beneficial management techniques, and a survey of the techniques currently used in large mammal population management.
Prerequisite: RWFM majors; WFSC 401 and RWFM 350.

RWFM 423 Waterfowl and Wetland Management

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

Management of waterfowl as a natural resource as well as their importance in maintaining the health of the freshwater ecosystems; integral management of wetland ecosystems that support migrating and resident waterfowl, water birds, wading birds and other species; development of Multi-trophic knowledge of the management of wetlands, from alligators to avocets, for systems critical to the health of Texas’ coastal region, as well as their value to human health and safety statewide; interdisciplinary approach, including other birds, mammals, herpetofauna, fish and invertebrates.
Prerequisite: RWFM majors; WFSC 402 and RWFM 350.

RWFM 424 Wildlife Damage Management

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

Exploration of the principles, philosophy, techniques, and application of wildlife damage management to solve negativistic human-wildlife interactions; exposure to animal capture, handling and sampling as well as human dimensions of wildlife damage management; hands-on project throughout the semester in real-world wildlife damage management situations; focus on preparation to pursue employment as a wildlife damage manager with public or private employers.
Prerequisite: RWFM majors; WFSC 401 and RWFM 350.

RWFM 425 Carnivore Management

Credits 3. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

Principles and practices of carnivore management; biology, ecology and management of various carnivorous wildlife species; application of the principles of trophic levels, carrying capacity and wildlife restoration to inform management plans; emphasis on current carnivore management scenarios that encompass both the biology and human-dimensions of carnivores; real-life examples to contextualize course learning.
Prerequisite: RWFM majors; WFSC 401 and RWFM 350.

RWFM 444 Aquaculture Hatchery Management

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Study of finfish and shellfish hatchery requirements and operations, broodstock management, reproduction and hatchery techniques and application of those techniques in the field; management of hatchery systems for the production of seed stock.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.

RWFM 445 Fish Health and Diseases

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Health disorders and diseases of finfish and shellfish including water quality issues and management, environmental endocrine disruptors, biosecurity and practical techniques used to isolate, identify and manage or mitigate diseases.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

RWFM 446 Fish Physiology

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Physiology of fish focusing on the diverse range of functional adaptations that fish use to cope with various environmental and physiological states; bioenergetics, respiration, cardiovascular system, blood chemistry and function, muscle function and locomotion, gas exchange, buoyancy regulation, nitrogen metabolism and excretion, thermoregulation, reproduction, growth, osmoregulation, and immunity.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification; WFSC 311.

RWFM 461 Community-Based Conservation

Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours.

Study of community-based conservation (CBC); definition, description, discussion, and analysis of the history, principles, critical actors, benefits, factors leading to successful initiatives, challenges in implementation and different models of community-based conservation.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.