Requirements for M.S. Students

A. Formal Course Requirements

Students must earn 12 credit hours of formal coursework, including:

  1. BIO 671, or equivalent course in population/community ecology
  2. BIO 672, or equivalent course in ecosystem ecology
  3. one graduate course in the student's home department, not including those used to satisfy requirements 1 or 2 above
  4. one course in statistics or mathematical modeling

A formal plan of study, including courses to be taken to satisfy requirements 1-4, must be approved by the student's committee.

B. Seminars

Students must take at least two semesters of graduate seminars in ecology.

C. Professional Workshop(s)/Seminar(s)

Students must take any workshop, seminar in teaching, or other professional training required of new students by the home department.

D. Thesis

Students must complete a thesis. The thesis committee must include at least three faculty members. Two committee members must be from the student's home department and two must be Ecology Program Faculty Affiliates. The Committee Chair (Advisor) must be a member or associate of the home department.

E. Diagnostic Exams

Students must complete either a comprehensive exam, or a thesis proposal defense. The type of exam will be determined by the student's home department.

F. Other Requirements

In all other matters, such as evaluation of teaching performance, service on departmental committees, etc., students must follow the procedures set forth by the student's home department.