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Natural Resources: Fisheries Conservation & Management Emphasis

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Natural Resources: Fisheries Conservation & Management Emphasis

Bachelor of Science

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Fisheries Conservation and Management students focus on the ecology of fish and other aquatic organisms. This involves the study of their biology and interrelationships with each other, with humans, and with the physical and biological environment that makes up their habitat. Managers and biologists are concerned with maintaining species diversity, improving conditions for declining and endangered species, managing populations that are fished, and coordinating other resource management activities to maintain environmental quality. Some professionals may be active in surveys of water quality and fishes, operation and management of refuges and hatcheries, pollution monitoring and testing, design and conduct of research, habitat improvement, pest management, environmental education, or computer modeling. Graduates of the program are employed by federal agencies (e.g., the Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, and Forest Service), by conservation organizations (e.g., The Nature Conservancy), and by state game and fish departments.All programs in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment tend to emphasize applications of ecological principles for conservation and management of plant, animal, and water resources at local and global scales, and solutions to negative impacts of human activity. Students complete courses that provide a foundation in natural resource science, conservation, and management, and elective courses that allow students to explore areas of interest.

Major Details

College: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    The M-strand is for students who require mathematical facility at the level of at least MATH 110 (Collegiate Algebra). This strand involves reasonable facility with algebra and algebraic functions, graphs, and simple modeling. Students who choose the M-strand are prepared for further mathematical work. This work may include LING 178 (The Mathematics of Language and Linguistics), MATH 114 (Finite Mathematics), MATH 113 (Elements of Calculus), or a statistics class from outside the Mathematics Department, such as ISTA 116 (Statistical Foundations for the Information Age) or SBS 200 (Statistics for the Social Sciences).
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 101 or ENGL 109 (Freshman Composition) 3
Tier I General Education 3
RNR 230R Field Botany 2
RNR 230 L Field Botany Laboratory 1
RNR 195A Careers in Conservation: Wildlife, Plants, & Water 1
2nd Semester
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II* 4
ENGL 102 (Freshman Composition) 3
ECOL 182L Introductory Biology II Lab 1
ECOL 182R Introductory Biology II 3
MATH 113 Elements of Calculus OR MATH 122 A & B 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
ECON 200 Basic Economic Issues or ECON 201A Principles of Economics - Tier II General Education Ind & Soc 3
MATH 163 or 263 (Introduction to Statistics) 3
RNR 200 Foundations in History & Policy 3
MCB 181R Introductory Biology I 3
MCB 181L (Life Sci. of Bio & Lab) 1
4th Semester
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Pre-Major Writing Requirement 3
RNR 321 Natural Resources Measurements 3
Technical Elective 3
5th Semester
RNR 316 Natural Resources Ecology 3
WFSC 482 Ichthyology-Alt. Falls 4
Genetics 4
Technical Elective 3
Tier II General Education 3
6th Semester
WS M 468 Wildland Water Quality 3
SWES 474 (Aq Plants) or 475 (Algae) or RA M 382 (Plant Comm) 3
RNR 384 Natural Resources Management Practices 3
Technical Electives 3
Tier II General Education 3
7th Semester
WFSC 441 Limnology 4
Technical Electives 3
Technical Electives 3
Technical Electives 3
8th Semester
WFSC 455R Fisheries Management 3
WFSC 455L Fisheries Management 1
Technical Electives 4
Wildlife Management 4
RNR 480 Natural Resources Policy and Law 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge gained from a Natural Resources major in the Fisheries Conservation and Management concentration of biology, chemistry, ecology, geographic information science (GIS), water quality, policy, and management, forms a strong career foundation. Graduates will be prepared to work as fish surveyors, hatchery managers, conservation researchers, planners, or educators for government agencies, nonprofit organizations, recreation services, or private companies. This concentration is also excellent preparation for graduate studies in fisheries science, environmental science, geography, environmental education, public policy, or landscape architecture. Some of the job titles listed below may require an advanced degree or certificate.

Potential Career Areas

  • Fish surveying
  • Hatchery management
  • Pollution monitoring
  • Research
  • Habitat improvement
  • Environmental education
  • Computer modeling

Sample Employers

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • National and state park services
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Land trust agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Private companies

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Fish and Wildlife Officer $30,000 - $80,000
National Park Service Employee $27,705 - $44,615
Conservation Scientist $37,070 - $61,220
Ecologist $38,980 - $65,090
Pollution Control Technician $21,500 - $35,800
Environmental Specialist, Government $35,000 - $80,000
Research Technician $20,000 - $69,000
Hatchery Manager $31,700 - $69,300
Conservation Officer $28,000 - $70,000
Natural Resources Technician $22,000 - $49,000
Policy Analyst $36,000 - $96,000
Public Information Officer $30,000 - $75,000