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College of Agriculture

Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

The fisheries and aquatic sciences program prepares students for professional careers in fisheries research and management, information and education, and interdisciplinary investigations of environmental problems. Emphasis is on fresh-water systems. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science degree and meet certification requirements of the American Fisheries Society. This Department of Forestry and Natural Resources curriculum has common core requirements with the forestry, natural resources and wildlife curricula. Sustainable management of the natural resource system — focusing on forests, watersheds, and associated flora and fauna to meet the needs of society — is emphasized.

Credit Hours Required: 133 (See Core Graduation Requirements for Additional Information.)

Freshman Year

First Semester
Second Semester
(0.5) AGR 10100 (Introduction to the College of Agriculture and Purdue University) (4) BTNY 11000 (Introduction to Plant Science)
(0.5) AGR 11900 (Introduction to Forestry and Natural Resources Academic Programs) (3) CHM 11200 (General Chemistry)
(4) BIOL 11000 (Fundamentals of Biology I) (3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)
(3) CHM 11100 (General Chemistry) (3) FNR 10300 (Introduction to Environmental Conservation)
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) (3) MA 22400 (Introductory Analysis II)
(3) MA 22300 (Introductory Analysis I)
(15) (16)


Sophomore Year

Third Semester
Fourth Semester
(3) FNR 20300 (Freshwater Ecology) (3) AGRY 25500 (Soil Science) or
AGRY 27000
(Forest Soils)
(3) FNR 24100 (Ecology and Systematics of Fishes and Mammals) (2) BIOL 28600 (Introduction to Ecology and Evolution)
(1) FNR 24200 (Laboratory in Ecology and Systematics of Fishes and Mammals) (3) FNR 21000 (Natural Resource Information Management)
(3) STAT 30100 (Elementary Statistical Methods) (3) FNR 25100 (Ecology and Systematics of Amphibians, Reptiles and Birds)
(3) Microeconomics selective (1) FNR 25200 (Laboratory in Ecology and Systematics of Amphibians, Reptiles and Birds)
(3) Written or oral communication selective (3) FNR 35100 (Aquatic Sampling Techniques)
(16) (15)
Summer Session
(2) FNR 37000 (Natural Resources Practicum)
(4) FNR 37100 (Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Practicum)
(6)


Junior Year

Fifth Semester
Sixth Semester
(3) FNR 23000 (The World's Forests and Society) (3) FNR 30500 (Conservation Genetics)
(3) FNR 36500 (Natural Resources Issues, Policy and Administration) (3) FNR 37500 (Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management)
(3) FNR 40600 (Natural Resource and Environmental Economics) (3) FNR 45300 (Fish Physiology) or
FNR 45500
(Fish Ecology)
(3) FNR 54500 (Fisheries Science and Management) (3) Physical science selective
(2) Ecotoxicology or wildlife disease selective (3) Elective
(3) Social science or humanities selective
(17) (15)


Senior Year

Seventh Semester
Eighth Semester
(3) BTNY 55500 (Aquatic Botany) (3) FNR 40800 (Natural Resources Planning)
(1) FNR 47000 (Fundamentals of Planning) (3) FNR 45200 (Aquaculture)
(3) Ethics selective (3) Social science or humanities selective
(3) Humanities selective (8) Electives
(3) Physical science selective
(3) Elective
(16) (17)