Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology offers two graduate degrees: Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). The M.S. degree may be awarded either in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology or in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The M.S. in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology is a coursework-based degree, incorporating internship and research experiences. It is aimed at students pursuing careers in biodiversity management, conservation, and environmental education. The M.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology may be either a coursework-based degree or a research-based master’s degree. Many students completing the research-based degree choose to pursue a Ph.D., while others pursue careers with state, local, or federal governments, with non-profit organizations and private companies, and as science teachers. The Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology prepares students for research and teaching careers in ecology and evolutionary biology, including research and leadership positions with non-profit organizations, private foundations, and state, local, or federal government agencies.

Requirements for M.S. and Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Specific course requirements for the M.S. and Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology are determined by the student’s Advisory Committee consistent with the minimum requirements specified by the Graduate School. The Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary does not have a related area or foreign language requirement, unless one is specified by the Advisory Committee. In addition to the Graduate School requirements outlined in the Academic Regulations section of this catalog, all M.S. students in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology must pass an oral final examination, and all thesis-based M.S. students must give a public oral presentation of their research prior to the final examination.

The programs are offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.