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 full program of study is determined by the graduate committee following the Graduate School degree requirements, usually after the student has completed the required oral qualifying exam during the second semester in the program. View the current degree requirements in the Graduate Catalog. The committee may require additional electives for completing a master's degree in the Department of Ecology.