Our program is unique in that all undergraduate students develop their own specialization. Students, in consultation with faculty, refine their career and life goals and develop a course of study to help them achieve those goals. All students will be encouraged to examine their career goals and the ways in which the University can help them achieve those goals. Specializations should be developed their junior year and will be presented to faculty for review and comment. The focus of the review will be on delineation of the goals and how the proposed academic program will help the student achieve those goals. Individual plans and titles are subject to approval by the Department Head. A one credit, P/N graded course (FW 307) is offered to help students define their professional goals and develop an appropriate academic program. The following guidelines are provided to assist students in preparing a specialization.
Specializations have a minimum of 24 credits. All courses in the specialization are in addition to the courses in the Fisheries and Wildlife Core with the exception of a WIC course which can double count. There is a maximum of 4 lower division (100-200) credits allowed and only two courses completed prior to review of the plan are allowed, additional upper division credits may be allowed through petition to advisor. FW 307 should be taken their junior year.
As examples: specializations that include "Fish", "Fishery" or "Fisheries" in the title might contain several credits of "aquatic sciences". Ones that include "Wildlife" in the title might have several credits of "terrestrial sciences" such as botany. Ones that include "Marine" in the title might include a term at the Hatfield Marine Science Center’s Fall Program.