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Fisheries and Water Resources

Justin VanDeHey, Discipline Coordinator
Room 178, Trainer Natural Resources Building
Phone: 715-346-2090
Email: jvandehe@uwsp.edu OR cnr@uwsp.edu
Web: www3.uwsp.edu/water


This discipline is in the COLLEGE OF NATURAL RESOURCES .

Faculty: K Clancy, K Herrman, J Homola, D Isermann, J Raabe, B Sloss, J Studinski, J VanDeHey.

Definition: In fisheries and water resources, you select from options in fisheries and aquatic sciences , hydrology , or water resources . These prepare you for a career or graduate study in fishery science or management, aquatic biology, hydrology, hydrogeology (groundwater), laboratory analysis of water and environmental samples, aquatic toxicology, and the assessment and management of water resources.

Academic Standards for Fisheries & Water Resources

To graduate with a major or minor in fisheries and water resources you must have a 2.25 minimum in-major grade point average.

Academic Standards for the College of Natural Resources 

You must apply for official acceptance as a College of Natural Resources major before the beginning of your junior year. Requirements for acceptance to the fisheries and water resources, forestry, wildlife, resource management (in the Environment and Society  discipline) or soil and waste resources major are:

  1. Complete 45 university credits.
  2. Have at least a 2.00 grade point average in courses required for the major.
  3. Complete an application to the College of Natural Resources. We will notify you within four weeks of your application, and if accepted will assign an adviser. Certain 300-400 level courses are restricted to approved CNR and/or biology majors. Nonmajors must have written consent of instructor to enroll.
  4. If you are transferring to UW-Stevens Point to major in the College of Natural Resources, Wildlife Ecology excepted, you must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00. To be accepted as a CNR major, complete steps 1-3 above.

    To be retained as a major or minor and to be approved for graduation, you must meet the minimum grade point average established for your discipline in all UW-Stevens Point courses taken within the major or minor (2.75 to student teach in resource management), including transfer courses, regardless of any declaration of academic forgiveness. Minimum GPA by discipline:
    1. 2.0 GPA for paper science and engineering  and chemical engineering .
    2. 2.25 GPA for all major options and minors in the CNR with the exception of the Forest Ecosystem Restoration and Management option in forestry, and Wildlife Ecology.
    3. 2.50 GPA for wildlife ecology  and the forest ecosystem restoration and management  option in forestry.

Test-Out and Credit-by-Exam Policy for the College of Natural Resources

The College of Natural Resources offers credit-by-exam for all of its courses. The comprehensive exam for each course will be written and drawn from lecture and/or lab topics normally covered in the course.

If you wish to take an exam for credit, first confer with the CNR associate dean for academic affairs. Then confer with the faculty member who most recently taught the course. The faculty member will notify you in writing with any pertinent information about the exam including the required minimum passing score before you take the exam. You will receive your grade in writing within two weeks after taking the exam. Results will be forwarded to the Office of the Registrar if credit-by-exam is granted. You may take a test-out exam only once.


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