WLF - Wildlife Resources

Lisette P. Waits, Dept. Head, Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Sciences (104 CNR Bldg. 83844-1136; phone 208/885-6434).

Prerequisite:  Courses in this subject field that are numbered above 299 are not open to undergraduate students on academic probation.

WLF 102 The Fish and Wildlife Professions

WLF 102 The Fish and Wildlife Professions (1 cr)

See Fish 102.

WLF 105 Hunter Education

WLF 105 Hunter Education (1 cr)

The course provides an overview of hunter ethics; wildlife management, conservation, and survival; and wildlife laws and law enforcement. This course also fulfills the state requirement for hunter education for purchase of a hunting license. Course includes in-class instruction and one outdoor field day. Graded Pass/Fail.

WLF 200 Seminar

WLF 200 (s) Seminar (cr arr)

WLF 201 Fish and Wildlife Applications I

WLF 201 Fish and Wildlife Applications I (1 cr)

This two semester sequence (WLF201, Fish 202) of courses will introduce students to research questions and methods in fish and wildlife sciences, the culture and organization of potential state, federal and tribal employers, and management challenges for fish and wildlife populations and habitats. The course will include an experiential learning field trip.

Prereq: NR 101 or Permission

WLF 203 Workshop

WLF 203 (s) Workshop (cr arr)

WLF 204 Special Topics

WLF 204 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

WLF 205 Wildlife Law Enforcement

WLF 205 Wildlife Law Enforcement (2 cr)

This course will provide students with an introduction to the history of wildlife laws and the role of a Conservation Officer. It will also provide students with a better understanding of wildlife crimes and the impact they have on fish and wildlife. This course is designed for students seeking a career in wildlife law enforcement as well as those pursuing a career in wildlife/fisheries/habitat management.

WLF 220 Principles of Ecology

WLF 220 Principles of Ecology (3 cr)

See REM 221.

WLF 299 Directed Study

WLF 299 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

WLF 314 Ecology of Terrestrial Vertebrates

WLF 314 Ecology of Terrestrial Vertebrates (3 cr)

Ecology and natural history of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. (Fall only)

Prereq: For 221, REM 221, or Biol 314

WLF 315 Techniques Laboratory

WLF 315 Techniques Laboratory (2 cr)

Techniques associated with wildlife research and local habitats and areas where wildlife species are present. Three hours of lab a week. One weekend field trip required. Two additional animal trapping sessions also required. (Fall only)

Prereq or Coreq: WLF 314

WLF 371 Physiological Ecology of Fish and Wildlife

WLF 371 Physiological Ecology of Fish and Wildlife (3 cr)

Study of how biotic and abiotic components of the environment influence animal physiology, and how the physiology of animals influences their ecology (e.g., behavior, distribution, etc.). Major topics include energetics, thermal ecology, nutritional ecology, reproductive physiology, osmoregulation, and endocrinology. (Spring only)

Prereq: Biol 213

WLF 396 Wilderness Research Internship

WLF 396 Wilderness Research Internship (3 cr)

Nine-week summer internship at UI Wilderness Field Station, located at Taylor Ranch in the heart of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness of central Idaho; research honorarium awarded; lodging and transportation to field station provided. Enrollment limited to 2-3 students based on available funding; competitive selection process by faculty committee based on research proposal, GPA, and resume. (Summer only)

Prereq: Junior standing

WLF 398 Renewable Natural Resources Internship

WLF 398 (s) Renewable Natural Resources Internship (cr arr)

Supervised field experience with an appropriate public or private agency. Reqd for cooperative education students. Graded P/F.

Prereq: Permission of department

WLF 400 Seminar

WLF 400 (s) Seminar (cr arr)

Prereq: permission.

WLF 403 Workshop

WLF 403 (s) Workshop (cr arr)

WLF 404 Special Topics

WLF 404 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

WLF 415 Wildlife Conclave

WLF 415 Wildlife Conclave (1 cr)

Objectives of the course are to 1) acquaint students with the procedures and rules used in the Wildlife Quiz Bowl at the Western Students Wildlife Conclave held annually in March, 2) practice in game situations so that our team is competitive at the event, and 3) to learn practical facts and trivia about wildlife natural history, identification, history of wildlife management and laws, wildlife ecology and management, and related natural resource sciences. The course meets twice a week from the beginning of spring semester until spring break (when Conclave is held). Students are assigned areas to study, have quizzes on those areas of knowledge and provide new written questions with answers for possible use in future classes.

WLF 416 Molecular Methods in Population Biology

WLF J416/J516 Molecular Methods in Population Biology (1 cr)

Introductory workshop on basic procedures in molecular biology that have applications in ecology and evolutionary biology. Course includes DNA/RNA extraction, PCR, simple recombinant DNA procedures, DNA sequencing, and data analysis. Graduate level will require independent study project. Recommended preparation: Introductory level genetics, general and organic chemistry courses. (Fall only)

Prereq: Permission

WLF 440 Conservation Biology

WLF 440 Conservation Biology (3 cr)

Patterns of biological diversity; factors producing changes in diversity; values of diversity; management principles applied to small populations, protected areas, landscape linkages, biotic integrity, restoration, legal issues, and funding sources. (Fall only)

Prereq: For 221, REM 221, or Biol 314 or Permission

WLF 448 Fish and Wildlife Population Ecology

WLF 448 Fish and Wildlife Population Ecology (4 cr)

Dynamics of animal populations resulting from balance between birth, death, and movement processes; quantitative methods for measuring distribution, abundance, survival and population growth; competition, predation, and self-regulation; viability and management of fish and wildlife populations. Three lec and one lab a wk. (Spring only)

Prereq: Stat 251; Math 160 or 170.

WLF 473 ECB Senior Presentation

WLF 473 ECB Senior Presentation (1 cr)

See Fish 473.

WLF 482 Ornithology

WLF 482 Ornithology (4 cr)

Evolution, systematics, distribution, identification, and biology of birds, including current conservation efforts. Requires two days of field trips. (Spring only)

Prereq: Biol 114 and 115

WLF 483 Senior Project Presentation

WLF 483 Senior Project Presentation (1 cr)

See For 483.

WLF 485 Ecology and Conservation Biology Senior Project

WLF 485 Ecology and Conservation Biology Senior Project (1-3 cr, max 3)

Same as NRS/Fish/For/REM 485. Scholarly work; learning objectives include development and formal proposal of a specific project and conducting the project or research with the guidance of a faculty mentor.

WLF 492 Wildlife Management

WLF 492 Wildlife Management (4 cr)

Gen Ed: Senior Experience

Review of social and biological context for current practice of wildlife management. Three lec and one lab a wk; two days of field trips. (Spring only)

Prereq: WLF 316 and WLF 448

Prereq or Coreq: WLF 482 or Fish 481 or Biol 483

WLF 497 Senior Thesis

WLF 497 Senior Thesis (1-3 cr, max 6)

Preparation of thesis, exhibition, video, computer program, multimedia program, or other creative presentation based on research conducted under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Prereq: Cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 in all college courses, completion of at least 90 credits, and permission of a faculty mentor

WLF 499 Directed Study

WLF 499 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

For the individual student; conferences, library, field, or lab work.

Prereq: Senior standing, GPA 2.5, and Permission

WLF 500 Master's Research and Thesis

WLF 500 Master's Research and Thesis (cr arr)

WLF 501 Seminar

WLF 501 (s) Seminar (cr arr)

Major philosophy, management, and research problems of wildlands; presentation of individual studies on assigned topics. Graded P (pass)/F (fail).

Prereq: Permission

WLF 502 Directed Study

WLF 502 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

WLF 503 Workshop

WLF 503 (s) Workshop (cr arr)

Selected topics in the conservation and management of natural resources.

Prereq: Permission

WLF 504 Special Topics

WLF 504 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

WLF 505 Professional Development

WLF 506 External Speakers

WLF 506 External Speakers (1 cr)

Students will attend seminars of fish and wildlife researchers and managers invited to present in our departmental seminar series. Students will read papers of external speakers, lead discussions of papers and assist with hosting speakers. Graded Pass/Fail.

WLF 516 Molecular Methods in Population Biology

WLF 516 Molecular Methods in Population Biology (1 cr)

See WLF J416/J516

WLF 540 Conservation Genetics

WLF 540 Conservation Genetics (1-3 cr, max 3)

Basic principles of population genetics and phylogenetics and their applications to the field of conservation and natural resource management. Taught in three 1-credit modules, and students can register for 1-3 credits. Module 1 includes introduction to conservation genetics and phylogenetics, module 2 includes population genetic theory and methods, and module 3 includes applications in conservation genetics and genomics. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students. (Spring, Alt/yrs)

WLF 541 Advanced Population Biology

WLF 541 Advanced Population Biology (3 cr)

Readings and discussion of current theories of population control, their biological basis, and applications to animal populations. (Fall, Alt/yrs)

Prereq: WLF 448 or Permission

WLF 543 Fish and Wildlife Population Analysis

WLF 543 Fish and Wildlife Population Analysis (4 cr)

Quantitative analysis of fish and wildlife habitat, diet, harvest, population density, survival, and natality data; development and application of population models in fish and wildlife management. Three lec and 3 hrs of lab a wk. (Fall, Alt/yrs) 

Prereq: WLF 448, Stat 431 or Permission

WLF 544 Large Mammal Ecology

WLF 544 Large Mammal Ecology (3 cr)

Readings and discussion on large mammal management and ecology. Requires two days of field trips. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students. (Spring, Alt/yrs)

Prereq: WLF 492 or Permission

WLF 545 Wildlife Habitat Ecology

WLF 545 Wildlife Habitat Ecology (2-3 cr)

Reading and discussion on habitat concepts, analyses, and applications. Students enrolled in the 3rd credit will complete additional readings and quantitative problem sets. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

Prereq: WLF 492 or Permission, animal and plant ecology

WLF 549 Conservation Genetics Lab

WLF 549 Conservation Genetics Lab (1 cr)

Same as For 542. This optional lab course is a complement to WLF 540 Conservation genetics and should be taken concurrently. Students will learn to analyze and interpret phylogenetic and population datasets using a variety of software packages. Students will also design and implement a lab for their classmates. (Fall, alt/even yrs)

Coreq: WLF 540

WLF 552 Ecological Modeling

WLF 552 Ecological Modeling (3 cr)

Linear and nonlinear dynamical models of biological systems; computer-intensive introduction to concepts of stability, attractors, bifurcations, chaos; model identification, estimation, and evaluation; applications in aquatic and terrestrial ecological communities. (Spring only, Alt/yrs)

Prereq: Math 175 and For 221 or Permission

WLF 555 Statistical Ecology

WLF 555 Statistical Ecology (3 cr)

Same as Stat 555. Stochastic models in ecological work; discrete and continuous statistical distributions, birth-death processes, diffusion processes; applications in population dynamics, population genetics, ecological sampling, spatial analysis, and conservation biology. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students. (Spring, Alt/yrs)

Prereq: Math 451 or Permission

WLF 561 Landscape Genetics

WLF 561 Landscape Genetics (2 cr)

Landscape genetics is an interdisciplinary field of study that evaluates how landscape and environmental features influence gene flow, population structure and local adaptation by integrating landscape ecology, population genetics and spatial statistics. This course covers applications of landscape genetics that can improve our understanding of ecology, evolution, and management of wild populations. Recommended Preparation: Population genetics or conservation genetics, and multivariate or spatial statistics. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students. (Spring, alt/even yrs)

WLF 562 Landscape Genetics Lab

WLF 562 Landscape Genetics Lab (1-2 cr)

This optional lab course is a complement to WLF561 Landscape genetics and should be taken concurrently. Students will learn to analyze and interpret landscape genetic datasets using a variety of methods. If taken for two credits, students will do a project analyzing landscape genetic data. Recommended Preparation: Population genetics or conservation genetics, and multivariate or spatial statistics. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students. (Spring, alt/even yrs)

Coreq: WLF 561

WLF 597 Practicum

WLF 597 (s) Practicum (cr arr)

WLF 598 Internship

WLF 598 (s) Internship (cr arr)

WLF 599 Research

WLF 599 (s) Non-thesis Master's Research (cr arr)

Research not directly related to a thesis or dissertation.

Prereq: Permission

WLF 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation

WLF 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation (cr arr)

Prereq: Admission to the doctoral program in 'natural resources' and Permission of department