M.S. in Biological Sciences

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. To learn more about applying for the program, please see the Ecology Graduate Admissions Information page.

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. Statistics courses may be recommended as electives.


Ecology Program
BIOE 554Foundations of Ecology & Mgmt1
BIOE 555Communication in Ecol Sciences1
Choose one3
Conservation Biology
Conservation Genetics
Physiological Plant Ecol
Applied Population Ecology
Choose one3-4
Community Ecology
Landscape Ecol & Mgmt
Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
Electives (minimum)11-12