The Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife (FFW) major uses basic biology to create sustainable solutions for ecosystems, habitats, and plant and animal species that are impacted by human use of the environment. Forestry, wildlife, and aquatic specialists address the biological, economic, and social aspects of various ecosystems. This includes managing forest lands, freshwater and coastal ecosystems, and fish and wildlife, incorporating landscape restoration and habitat conservation into their practices. The FFW major provides coursework that is required for certification by the following professional societies: the Wildlife Society, Society of American Foresters, and the American Fisheries Society.
There are 3 different tracks a student can focus on within the Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife major:
Forestry- This specialization focuses on the ecology and management of forest resources. Students graduating from this specialization will be prepared for careers involving the management of private and public forest lands, pulp and timber operations in the industrial sector, domestic or international consulting, wildland firefighting, research, or teaching. The specialization provides the necessary credentials to become a certified forester through the Society of American Foresters.
Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences- Through this specialization, students study aquatic organisms and ecosystems, explore the sustainable use of aquatic resources, and understand how to apply science to a broad range of conservation and environmental issues. This specialization offers a dynamic learning environment where students actively engage in classroom, laboratory, and field activities in streams, rivers, wetlands, and lakes. Students will be prepared for career pathways including conservation and management of aquatic resources, aquaculture and ecosystem restoration, and environmental consulting. Additionally, many of our students continue on to receive graduate or professional degrees. Students completing the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences specialization are eligible for certification through the American Fisheries Society.
Wildlife- This specialization emphasizes managing ecosystems and wildlife populations to maintain healthy and balanced environments. Wildlife specialists play an important role in determining size and viability of wildlife populations for improved management. Students following this specialization could find employment in the private sector with an environmental consulting firm (such as West, Inc) or a non-profit organization (such as the Nature Conservancy). There are also employment opportunities in the public sector with a federal/state agency (such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or the Ohio Division of Wildlife). Students will be prepared for careers as wildlife biologists, wildlife managers, conservation law enforcement officers, environmental educators, and researchers. This specialization provides the necessary credentials to become an Associate Wildlife Biologist through the Wildlife Society.
Students may choose one of the following combined-focus options that are designed for, but not limited to, students that expect to seek professional employment upon graduation:
-Forestry and Wildlife
-Urban Forestry and Wildlife
-Fisheries and Wildlife
Students may select one of the following more disciplinary-intensive and science-based options that are designed for, but not limited to, students that expect to attend graduate or professional school:
– Forest Ecosystem Science and Management
– Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
– Wildlife Science
– Wildlife and Pre-Veterinary Sciences
An intensive, two-day workshop designed to demonstrate the fish-sampling gears most commonly used by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources-Division of Wildlife (ODW) and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) for undergraduate students interested in seasonal agency work and fisheries biology professions. Stone Lab, ODW, and OEPA biologists provide hands-on experience with fyke nets, gill nets, trawls, and boat-based as well as wading electrofishing methods. Offered over one weekend early in autumn semester. Learn more HERE or Contact Eugene Braig IV, Program Director, Aquatic Ecosystems at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or 614-292-3823 for more information.
View Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife major requirements here.
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