What are learning outcomes? 

They are learner-focused statements reflecting what a student will be able to do as a result of an instructional activity. Each outcome statement should start with a measurable action verb that indicates the level of learning, followed by a precise description of the learned behavior, knowledge, or attitude.

BS in Fisheries and Wildlife (* applies to FW minor)
  • Students will understands the physical and ecological elements and processes sustaining ecosystems, and recognize the implications of altering those components. Students will be able to apply conservation principles in developing conservation approaches for ecosystems or organisms within ecosystems.
  • Students will learn the need to incorporate social information in fisheries and wildlife management.
  • Students will understand the biology, ecology, and evolution of at least one major vertebrate taxon, and can explain how the structure, behavior, and physiology of animals in that taxon adapts them to their environment and influences their ecology.*
  • Students will learn how to interprets, represent, and present data in figures and tables accordance with professional standards.

 

  • Students will learn to recognize biases and assumptions in published and unpublished scientific writing.
  • Students will learn the use of logic, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis to arrive at defensible conclusions.
  • Students will demonstrate the capacity to clearly and effectively express themselves in written communication.
  • Students will demonstrate the capacity to clearly and effectively express themselves in oral presentations.
  • Students will develop and learn about the importance of professional collegiality and team building. 
  • Students will demonstrate good interpersonal communication skills in interactions with their peers and FW faculty and staff.

Minor in Marine Conservation and Management
  • Students can incorporate social information in fisheries and wildlife management.  In the case of this minor, with an emphasis on marine ecosystems.
  • Students can synthesize knowledge of stock assessments, management regimes, and policy choices to explain what it takes to develop a “sustainable” fishery.

Professional Science Masters in Fisheries and Wildlife Administration
  • Students will demonstrate mastery of subject material that relates to the natural sciences portion of their project.
  • Students will learn to conduct scholarly or professional activities in an ethical manner.
  • Students produced and defend an original, significant contribution to knowledge.
  • Students can effectively communicate science in an outreach product.
  • Students can produce a well written report that placed their work in proper context and used correct style and grammar to effectively communicate major findings.
  • Students can deliver a well-organized and easy to follow defense seminar.
  • Students demonstrate good oral communications skills during the closed defense with their committee.
  • Students displays evidence of critical thinking skills during the oral defense.
  • Students articulates subject area knowledge related to Human Dimensions and Policy through their defense and project write up.

MS or PhD in Fisheries Science or Wildlife Science
  • Students will demonstrate that they conducted research or produced some other form of creative work.
  • Students demonstrate mastery of subject material relevant to their thesis topic.
  • Students will learn to conduct scholarly or professional activities in an ethical manner.
  • Upon completion, a student will have produced a well written thesis that placed their work in proper context and used correct style and grammar to effectively communicate major findings.
  • Each student will learn and demonstrate the capacity to deliver a well-organized and easy to follow defense seminar.
  • Students will learn and demonstrate good oral communications skills during the closed defense with their committee.
  • Students will display evidence of critical thinking skills during the oral defense.

Fisheries or Wildlife Management Graduate Certificate
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency (course grade of C or better) in graduate-level coursework in fisheries or wildlife ecology and human dimensions of resource management.
  • Students will integrate biological and social science in a capstone research paper or outreach product designed for a specific audience: science, management agency, or the general public.
  • Students will synthesize scientific information from a variety of sources and demonstrate research skills through a project proposal, outline, and revision process, as well as correct citation and documentation of sources in the capstone project.
  • Students will improve their breadth of fisheries or wildlife knowledge and understanding of critical management issues, preparing them for advancement in the field.