High Impact . Endless Possibilities . The executive program delivers high-quality and high-impact coursework for individuals who continue to pursue their full-time professional careers while further developing in-depth, advanced skills in public service leadership, decision making, and critical investigative and evaluative methods within the public sector. Degree program applicants must have at least five years of professional experience, preferably in one of the three curricular track areas of Homeland Security, Nonprofit Management, or Public Management. A Natural Fit to Your Schedule . Leverage your time to the maximum with online classes. Online classes are held in fifteen-week fall and spring sessions, and ten week summer sessions. Two one-week residencies occur in July each summer.
The faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences value scholarship in all its forms – discovery, integration, application, and teaching. We value understanding for its own sake, for the betterment of people, and for the conservation of the natural world. The department encourages, appreciates and rewards various forms of scholarly activity in teaching, research, extension, and public service, including integration of these activities. Diverse viewpoints, ethical consideration, and approaches to pursuing and manifesting scholarship, including constructive criticism, are accepted and nurtured.
In the Coastal Bend region of South Texas, local populations fluctuated considerably depending upon the relative success of the previous breeding season (Folse and Arnold 1978). North American Breeding Bird Survey data for Texas (Sauer et al. 2005) give annual trends of % (1966-1979), % (1980-2005), and % (1966-2005); thus, showing a slight overall decreasing trend. Six regions show both increasing and decreasing trends with general stability: Upper Coastal Plain (% 1966-1979, -% 1980-2005, -% 1966-2005), South Texas Brushlands (% 1966-1979, % 1980-2005, % 1966-2005), Osage Plains/Cross Timbers (-% 1966-1979, % 1980-2005, % 1966-2005), Edwards Plateau (% 1966-1979, % 1980-2005, % 1966-2005), Rolling Red Plains (-% 1966-1979, % 1980-2005, % 1966-2005) and Chihuahuan Desert (% 1966-1979, % 1980-2005, % 1966-2005). However, in the East Texas Prairies, there has been a significant decline (% from 1966-1979, -% from 1980-2005, and -% from 1966-2005) where there has been significant vast urban-suburban development, planting of nonnative monoculture pasture grasses, overgrazing, cleanly farmed croplands, surface mining, and transportation corridors (Gunter and Oelschlaeger 1997, Telfair 1999).