Natural Resources: Environmental Conservation M.S.

Natural Resources Environmental Conservation
Natural Resources: Environmental Conservation M.S.

Program Overview


Students in the Environmental Conservation option typically have a BS/BA degree or strong background in environmental and natural resource sciences with a keen interest in combining the natural sciences with the social sciences.  Those without this background may be accepted upon completion of some additional fundamental courses.  Areas of interest include natural resource policy, conservation biology, sustainability, ecological ethics and values, international environmental affairs, and spatial data analysis (remote sensing and GIS).  After successful completion of the MS degree, students have gone on to work for federal and state agencies, for private industry, and for non-governmental organizations.


Curriculum & Requirements

Degree Requirements

An M.S. degree is conferred upon successful completion of a program of not less than 30 credits for natural resources options: forestry, environmental conservation, environmental economics, general, soil and water resource management, and wildlife and conservation biology.

Course Requirements or Equivalents

EDUC 904Qualitative Inquiry in Education (Policy oriented)4
NR 903Approach to Research2
And with NR 903, choose one of the following additional research methods classes for a total of 4 credits:2
Grant Writing
Writing and Publishing Science
Scientific Communication
Or an alternative with approval from the Graduate Coordinator
NR 993Natural and Environmental Resources Seminar1-2
or NR 947 Current Issues in Ecosystem Ecology
NR 996Natural Resource Education (1 credit )1 - 2
or LSA 900 College Teaching
Select one of the following Quantitative methods courses:3-4
Applied Biostatistics II
Design, Analysis, and Interpretation of Experiments
Introduction to Applied Analytic Statistics
Econometrics I
Quantitative Methods in Earth Sciences
Statistical Methods for Research
Design of Experiments I
Topics in Probability and Statistics I
Analysis of Ecological Communities and Complex Data
Quantitative Ecology
Introduction to Statistical Analysis
Research Methodology and Statistics I
Research Methods and Statistics III
Sociological Methods I: Intermediate Social Statistics
Sociological Methods III: Advanced Social Statistics
Sociological Methods IV: Qualitative and Historical Research Methods
Or an alternative with approval from the Graduate Coordinator
Select one of the following:
NR 899Master's Thesis (and a formal presentation of the thesis) 16
NR 998Directed Research (and directed research results) 24

An approved program of study plan is required during the first semester.

Environmental Conservation Option Requirements

Select one of the following Ecology courses:4
NR 806
Soil Ecology
NR 811
Wetland Ecology and Management
NR 830
Terrestrial Ecosystems
NR 834
Tropical Ecology
NR 851
Aquatic Ecosystems
NR 857
Remote Sensing of the Environment
NR 965
Community Ecology
MEFB 825
Marine Ecology

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