Student Learning Outcomes
Learning outcomes for the wildlife conservation and management program
- Students will understand the factors affecting the need to find sustainable practices for production of food, feed and fiber crops and how to implement them.
- Students will be competent in basic forest management principles and evaluation of forest stands for health, wildlife habitat and lumber use.
- Students will understand how the environment influences plant growth and crop yields, and ways to modify the environment to improve plant growth and yields.
- Students will understand how to propagate, plant, and sustainably grow, manage and harvest grain or forage crops within various environmental, marketing and financial conditions.
- Students will be able to identify soil types and how they are formed and ways to modify soil structure and drainage to reduce erosion and improve water quality.
- Students will understand how soil fertility is determined and means of improving soil fertility and adding nutrients for plant growth.
- Students will know how to identify and sustainably manage insects in various plant production systems.
- Students will have a good understanding of cellular and organism-level plant and animal structures, taxonomy and metabolic processes.
- Students will be able to identify plant vegetative and floral structures and be able to identify native and non-native herbaceous and woody plants.
- Students will understand the general principles of ecology as how they related to terrestrial and/or aquatic plant and animal conservation and management.
- Students will be able to identify species, characteristics, habitat requirements and life cycles of birds, fish and/or mammalian wildlife species.
- Students will be able to apply knowledge to solve problems related to wildlife conservation and management.
- Students will have a greater knowledge of how wildlife conservation and management relates to the economy and environment, both currently and in the future.
- Students will be able to find detailed information on a topic from print as well as online information sources.
- Students will be able to critically evaluate current events and public information related to wildlife conservation and management as being scientifically-based or opinion-based and contribute to the knowledge base of information.
- Students will be able to work with others to coordinate activities that achieve group/team objectives.
- Students will be able to write in a style appropriate for technical or informative publications for various audiences related to wildlife conservation and management.