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Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

Degree Level

Bachelor of Science

Minor Code


Advisor's Name

John (Barny) Dunning

Advisor's Phone

(765) 494-3591

Advisor's Email


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 natural resource systems—focusing on forests, watersheds, and associated flora and fauna to meet the needs of society - is emphasized.

Credit Hours



Freshman Year

First Semester

(0.5) AGR 10100 (Introduction to the College of Agriculture and Purdue University)

(0.5) AGR 11900 (Introduction to Forestry and Natural Resources Academic Programs)

(4) BIOL 11000 (Fundamentals of Biology I)

(3) CHM 11100 (General Chemistry)

(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition)

(3) MA 22300 (Introductory Analysis I)

Total Credits: 15

Second Semester

(4) BTNY 11000 (Introduction to Plant Science)

(3) CHM 11200 (General Chemistry)

(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)

(3) FNR 10300 (Introduction to Environmental Conservation)

(3) MA 22400 (Introductory Analysis II)

Total Credits: 16

Sophomore Year

Third Semester

(3) FNR 20300 (Freshwater Ecology)

(3) FNR 24100 (Ecology and Systematics of Fishes and Mammals)

(1) FNR 24200 (Laboratory in Ecology and Systematics of Fishes and Mammals)

(3) STAT 30100 (Elementary Statistical Methods)

(3) Microeconomics selective

(3) Written or oral communication selective

Total Credits: 16

Fourth Semester

(3) AGRY 25500 (Soil Science) or (3) AGRY 27000 (Forest Soils)

(2) BIOL 28600 (Introduction to Ecology and Evolution)

(3) FNR 21000 (Natural Resource Information Management)

(3) FNR 25100 (Ecology and Systematics of Amphibians, Reptiles, and Birds)

(1) FNR 25200 (Laboratory in Ecology and Systematics of Amphibians, Reptiles, and Birds)

(3) FNR 35100 (Aquatic Sampling Techniques)

Total Credits: 15

Junior Year

Fifth Semester

(3) FNR 23000 (The World's Forests and Society)

(3) FNR 36500 (Natural Resources Issues, Policy, and Administration)

(3) FNR 40600 (Natural Resource and Environmental Economics)

(3) FNR 45400 (Fisheries Science and Management)

(2) Ecotoxicology or wildlife disease selective

(3) Social science or humanities selective

Total Credits: 17

Sixth Semester

(3) FNR 30500 (Conservation Genetics)

(3) FNR 37500 (Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management)

(3) FNR 45300 (Fish  Physiology) or (3) FNR 45500 (Fish Ecology)

(3) Physical science selective

(3) Elective

Total Credits: 15

Senior Year

Seventh Semester

(3) BTNY 55500 (Aquatic Botany)

(1) FNR 47000 (Fundamentals of Planning)

(3) Ethics selective

(3) Humanities selective

(3) Physical science selective

(3) Elective

Total Credits: 16

Eighth Semester

(3) FNR 40800 (Natural Resources Planning)

(3) FNR 45200 (Aquaculture)

(3) Social science or humanities selective

(8) Electives

Total Credits: 17

Additional Information

*Between Sophomore and Junior Year
Summer Session
(2) FNR 37000 (Natural Resources Practicum)
(4) FNR 37100 (Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Practicum)
Total Credits: 6










Created at 4/27/2009 1:44 PM by Quesada, Virginia
Last modified at 2/22/2016 11:04 AM by Lough, Kelly S