For graduate level courses, OSU does not enforce prerequisites. This means that you will be allowed to register for a course that has prerequisites without a check of your previous coursework. However, you should use the listed prerequisites to determine whether you have the necessary background to succeed in the course.
If you feel that you need a prerequisite course to prepare you for the graduate level class, you may enroll in the preparatory course as a part of your Fisheries or Wildlife Management graduate certificate program of study. You will not be able to count the preparatory course toward your 18 credit Fisheries or Wildlife Management graduate certificate requirements, but you may count it toward your minimum enrollment requirements for financial aid. For example, if you take one graduate level course and one “background” undergraduate course in a term, you will qualify as a half-time student for financial aid purposes, even though only one of the courses is a part of the Fisheries or Wildlife Management graduate certificate curriculum. A list of background courses approved to be used in this way can be found at the bottom of the curriculum sheets for the Fisheries Management and Wildlife Management graduate certificates.