Masters of Arts in Biological Sciences: Ecology and Environmental Science

30 credits

Biology Course Component (24 credits):

(1)
BIO 500 Seminar in Biology (1 credit),
BIO 515 Foundations of Ecology (3 credits),
BIO 540 Topics in Advanced Biology (3-4 credits),
with a topic focus appropriate to the specialization (may be repeated with different topics).
(2)
Biology electives: 16-17 additional credits in biology or related fields approved by an Ecology and Environmental Science Advisor. Appropriate courses in the biology electives may include:
BIO 508 Coastal Ecology 3
BIO 509 Coastal Ecology Laboratory 1
BIO 520 Plant Ecology 3
BIO 540 Topics in Advanced Biology 3-4
BIO 571 Advanced Field Studies in Biology 1-4
BIO 590 Focused Study in Advanced Biology 1-4
BIO 598 Research in Biology 3
BIO 402 Evolutionary and Ecological Genetics 3
BIO 405 Ecology 4
BIO 410 Ecological Physiology 4
BIO 421 Marine Invertebrate Biology 4
BIO 425 Aquatic Plant Biology 4
BIO 434 Ecology of Inland Waters 4
BIO 436 Environmental Resources and Management 3
BIO 438 Aquatic Pollution 4
BIO 440 Evolution 3
BIO 444 Plant Taxonomy 3

 

Capstone Component (6 credits, students may select Plan A or Plan B).
Plan A:
Option 1,
BIO 599 Thesis and thesis defense (6 credits)
or Option 2,
BIO 599 Thesis and thesis defense (3 credits)
and
BIO 598 Research in Biology (3 credits).
 
Plan B: Three credits:
BIO 590 Focused Study in Advanced Biology 1-4
and/or
BIO 591 Independent Research Project in Advanced Biology 1-4
BIO 598 Research in Biology 3
and a comprehensive exam.
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