Redefining the Classroom


Fisheries and Wildlife Management is a great field of study and Lake Superior State University is a great place to study it.

Why Students Choose LSSU

LSSU is one of only two Michigan universities that offer this exciting degree, but only Lake State provides an emphasis on hands-on learning in the field and lab. Courses at LSSU take advantage of the 800,000 acres of forests, 3 Great Lakes, 100s of inland lakes, and 1000s of stream and river miles that are within an hour’s drive of LSSU.

You’ll get to work closely with your professors, who are dedicated teachers and experts in their field. You’ll get great hands-on experiences in labs. Most of our classes feature laboratory sections in which you’ll work with sophisticated equipment and/or in great field sites.

The Aquatic Research Lab is only one of a few such facilities across the U.S. Students get a chance to work in the hatchery operation, producing Atlantic salmon for release in the St. Marys River or on any of several other aquatic ecology research projects housed at the Lab.

We offer a wealth of out-of-class experiences. You’ll work with a professor on your own senior thesis research project. You may also work in the department helping set up labs, or on a professor’s research project, or at our Aquatic Research Lab. Or you may work for the Learning Center, helping other students excel in Fisheries and Wildlife Management classes. Our active student organizations also provide great opportunities for out-of-class experiences directly in your field.

Our location provides unsurpassed field sites. Several types of forests, grassy openings, wetlands, inland lakes and rivers, the St. Marys River and of course all three of the Upper Great Lakes are within an hour’s drive of campus (some just minutes from campus!). Notable fish and wildlife species in these habitats include lake sturgeon, moose, elk, fishers and martins, goshawks and many others, including threatened and endangered species of plants and animals. You will visit these sites often in labs and for other projects. No other university offers access to as many varied field sites as we do.

"Our facilities and resources are top notch and our laboratory is right outside our door--forests, lakes, rivers, and wetlands."

--Ashley Moerke
Assistant Professor,
Co-director of the ARL