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The M.S. in Biological Sciences covers a broad array of ecological topics and serves the needs of students whose thesis research addresses basic, fundamental ecological principles or of those conducting applied research not involving fish or wildlife management. It may be a terminal degree leading to professional employment as an ecologist, but may also lead to a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences or other discipline. Coursework associated with this degree tends to emphasize fundamental principles of ecology. The M.S in Biological Sciences currently makes up about 20% of our graduate students with 6  M.S. degrees granted in the last three years.

The student's graduate committee will work with the student following a required oral qualifying exam during the second semester in attendance to finalize the following required plan of study.  The committee may require additional electives for completing a master's degree in the Department of Ecology.  

M.S. in Biological Sciences Program

Courses   Credits
BIOE 554 Foundations of Ecology & Mgmt 1
BIOE 555 Communication in Ecol Sciences 1
Choose one   3
BIOE 521 Conservation Biology  
BIOE 548 Conservation Genetics  
BIOE 532 Physiological Plant Ecol  
WILD 501 Appl Population Ecology  
Choose one   3-4
BIOE 542 Community Ecology  
BIOE 515 Landscape Ecol & Mgmt  
LRES 568 Ecosystem Biogeochem  
Electives (minimum)   11-12
Thesis   10