The Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences B.S. Program at Paul Smith's College, with concentrations in Fisheries Science and Wildlife Science, offers students the education needed for entry-level positions in state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations and private consulting firms and prepares students for graduate education. Program content is based upon emerging issues in natural resource management and on certification requirements of professional organizations such as the American Fisheries Society and the Wildlife Society. Program activities are coordinated with the Adirondack Watershed Institute, a research and outreach organization based at Paul Smith's College.
At the end of the program students will be able to:
- Apply science as a body of knowledge and as a method of inquiry.
- Apply key concepts of biology and ecology to fisheries and wildlife organisms, populations, communities, and their habitats.
- Apply basic math skills to problem solving in fisheries and wildlife populations and their habitat.
- Apply key principles of physics and chemistry to fisheries and wildlife adaptations.
- Develop a comprehensive understanding of the relation between trends in human population growth and major issues (past, present, and future) affecting fish and wildlife populations, communities, and their habitat.
- Explain how major issues affect the dynamics of fish populations, communities, and their habitats.
- Articulate scientifically a rationale and justification for assessing and monitoring the effects of major issues on fish and wildlife populations, communities, and their habitat.
- Apply gained knowledge of assessment and monitoring protocols to evaluate the effects of major issues on fish and wildlife populations, communities, and their habitats
- Delineate the management environment in ecological, economic, political, and socio-cultural terms.
- Define the cyclic management process as related to an organization's mission statement, goals, objectives, strategies,assessment plan (problem definition), implementation plan (action plan), and evaluation/monitoring program.
- Articulate the appropriateness of management approaches used to address the issues and problems affecting fisheries and wildlife, their habitats, and humans.
- Define the skills needed to effectively work with a variety of stakeholders in an interdisciplinary management setting as an integrated team.