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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

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2017 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 or CHEM 141 and 143: General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 101 First Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
RNR 200 Conservation of Natural Environments 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
CHEM 152 or CHEM 142 and 144: General Chemistry II 4
ENGL 102 First Year Composition 3
ECOL 182R General Biology II 3
ECOL 182L General Biology II 1
Tier I General Education 3
MATH 113, 122B, or 125 3
3rd Semester
ECON 200 Basic Economic Issues 3
RNR 316 Natural Resources Ecology 3
Statistics 3
RNR 230R and L Field Botany 3
MCB 181L General Biology I Lab 1
MCB 181R General Biology I Lecture 3
4th Semester
Physical Science 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
RNR 384 Natural Resources Management Practices 3
5th Semester
ENVS 474 or ENVS 475 or RAM 382 3
Technical Writing 3
ECOL 482 Ichthyology 4
Technical Skills Elective 3
Second Language 4
6th Semester
RNR 321 Ecological Surveys and Sampling 3
Organismal Biology elective 4
WSM 468 Wildland Water Quality 3
Oral or Media Communication 3
Second Language 4
7th Semester
WFSC 471 Steam Ecology 3
SNRE requirement 1
Technical Electives 9
WFSC 546 or WFSC 444 4
8th Semester
Genetics 4
Technical Electives 4
WFSC 455R Fisheries Management Lecture 3
WFSC 455L Fisheries Management Lab 1
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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