About the specialization


Who to contact

What is a specialization?

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About the Specialization

The specialization is designed to provide students with a fundamental background in ecosystem management of marine natural resources.

Students gain insight and experience in marine management issues relative to estuarine, coastal, and open-water marine ecosystems from the perspective of habitat, biota and human resource users.

Students are also exposed to the management skills necessary to recognize and use effective techniques to conserve, preserve and restore marine ecosystem integrity for the benefit of society.

The Specialization in Marine Ecosystem Management is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in Bachelor of Science degree programs with majors in Fisheries and Wildlife; Lyman Briggs; Community, Agriculture, Recreational and Resource Studies (CARRS); and Zoology.


Marine Ecosystem Management
All of the following courses must be completed (14 cr.)

FW 110 Conservation and Management of Marine Resources (3 cr.)
FW 416 Marine Ecosystem Management (3 cr.)
GLG 303 Oceanography (4 cr.)
ZOL 353 Marine Biology (4 cr.)

One of the following courses: (4 cr.)

FW 462 Ecology and Management of Invertebrates (4 cr.)
FW 471 Ichthyology (4 cr.)
PLB 423 Wetland Plants and Algae (4 cr.)
PLB 424 Algal Biology. (4 cr.)
ZOL 306 Invertebrate Biology (4 cr.)

Experiential Learning in Marine Ecosystem Management
One of the following courses which must contain a marine emphasis: (2 or 3 cr.)

FW 480 International Studies in Fisheries and Wildlife (3 cr.)
FW 493 Professional Internships in Fisheries and Wildlife (2 or 3 cr.)
ZOL 453 Field Studies in Marine and Estuarine Biology (2 or 3 cr.)
ZOL 496 Internship in Zoology (2 or 3 cr.)
ZOL 498 Internship in Zoo and Aquarium Science (3 cr.)


Who to Contact

Jim Schneider, Academic Advisor
Department of Fisheries & Wildlife
40A Natural Resources Building
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 353-9091

What is a specialization?

Michigan State University offers a number of specializations that may be used to complement academic majors or to accomodate student interest in interdisciplinary work that is not available as a major. Specializations comprise sets of courses that may be linked thematically or that have an ethnic or an international focus. Many of the specializations are available to all undergraduates; others may be limited to students in designated majorsof undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

For a list of specializations MSU offers, go to: http://www.msu.edu/unit/apueas/special.htm