Joint B.S./M.S. degree program in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

 

BS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

 

The BS/MS degree program integrates undergraduate and graduate curriculum offerings, and the degree is therefore considered a joint degree.  The BS portion, however, represents a track within the existing BS degree in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and therefore can stand alone should the student not complete the full joint degree program. Students completing the requirements listed in this section will be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.  No course may be used to fulfill requirements of both the B.S. and the M.S. degrees.

 

I. University Requirements

Students must fulfill the General Education Requirements of the University.

 

II. CLAS Requirements

Students must fulfill the Bachelor of Science General Education Requirements of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.  These must include:

CHEM (1124Q & 1125Q & 1126Q) or (1127Q & 1128Q) or (1137Q & 1138Q) or (1147Q & 1148Q)

MATH (1120Q & 1121Q & 1122Q or 1132Q) or (1131Q & 1132Q) or (1151Q & 1152Q) or (2141Q & 2142Q)

PHYS (1201Q & 1202) or (1401Q & 1402Q) or (1501Q & 1502Q) or (1601Q & 1602Q)

 

III. Freshman Experience

It is recommended that students enroll in the Freshman Experience course in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology (INTD 182.XX).  This course is not required, but is highly recommended.  It is designed to develop an awareness of the disciplines of Biodiversity and Conservation, as well as to orient students to the requirements of this relatively unique combined BS/MS degree.

 

IV. Major Requirements

 

       A. Students must fulfill the following major requirements:

 

1.    BIOL 1107 & 1108

 

2.    EEB 2244/W General Ecology (4 credits)

 

3.    EEB 2245/W Evolutionary Biology (3-4 credits)

 

4.    One of the following courses:

MCB 2410 Human Genetics (3 credits)

MCB 2413 Concepts of Genetic Analysis (4 credits)

 

5.    One of the following courses:

EEB 4215 Physiological Ecology (3 credits)

PNB 2250 Animal Physiology (3 credits)

 

6.    At least one of the following courses focused on plant diversity:

EEB 2227 Biology of Plants (3 credits)

EEB 3203 Developmental Plant Morphology (4 credits)

EEB 3204 Aquatic Plant Biology (4 credits)

EEB 3220/W Evolution of Green Plants (3 credits)

EEB 3240 Biology of Bryophytes and Lichens (4 credits)

EEB 3250 Biology of the Algae (4 credits)

EEB 3271 Plant Systematics (4 credits)

EEB 3276 Plant Anatomy (4 credits)

 

7.    At least one of the following courses focused on animal diversity:

EEB 2214 Biology of the Vertebrates (3 credits)

EEB 3273 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (4 credits)

EEB 4200 Biology of Fishes (4 credits)

EEB 4250 General Entomology (4 credits)

EEB 4251/W Medical Entomology (3-4 credits)

EEB 4253 Concepts of Applied Entomology (4 credits)

EEB 4260 & 4261 Ornithology & Ornithology lab (4 credits)

EEB 4274 Introduction to Animal Parasitology (4 credits)

EEB 4275 Invertebrate Zoology (4 credits)

EEB 5254 Mammalogy (4 credits)

EEB 5265 Herpetology (4 credits)

 

8.    One course involving extensive field experience*.  EEB offerings that fulfill this requirement are listed below.  However, students are encouraged to consider courses offered at field stations or in semester abroad programs (e.g. OTS, Semester at Sea, Sea Semester, School for Field Studies).

EEB 3898 Field Ornithology (3 credits)

EEB 4230W Methods of Ecology (4 credits)

EEB 4252 Field Entomology (for a minimum of 3 credits)

EEB 4261 Ornithology lab (2 credits) (Cannot be used here if used to meet animal diversity requirement: section 7, above)

EEB 4272 The Summer Flora (3 credits)

EEB 5452 Field Ecology (2 credits)

*Only courses in which two or more credits of total class time are spent in the field can be used to fulfill this requirement.

    

9.    Three EEB courses consistent with a particular taxonomic and/or habitat theme, chosen in consultation with the student's advisory committee.  At least two of these should have labs (11-12 credits).  This may include courses used to fulfill other requirements.

 

10. Students must take a total of at least 24 credits of EEB courses at the 2000-level or above, which may include courses in any of the above categories.

 

11. A minimum of 9 credits of additional coursework at or above the 2000-level in one or more related areas.  It is recommended that at least one of these courses provide working knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).  Course suggestions include, but are not limited to:

AH 3175 Environmental Health (3 credits)

ARE 3434/W Environmental and Resource Policy (3 credits)

ARE 4438 Valuing the Environment (3 credits)

ARE 4462 Environmental and Resource Economics (3 credits)

ARE 4464 Benefit-Cost Analysis and Resource Management (3 credits)

GEOG 3120 Introduction to Human Geography (3 credits)

GEOG 3410 Human Modifications of Natural Environments (3 credits)

GEOG 4500 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (4 credits)*

GEOG 4510 Applications of Geographic Information Systems (4 credits)*

GEOG 4520 Selected Topics in Geographic Information Systems (2 credits)*

GEOG 5500 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (variable credits)*

GEOG 5510 Applications Issues in Geographic Information Systems (3 credits)*

GEOL 3980 Field Geology (6 credits)

GEOL 4220 Engineering and Environmental Geology (3 credits)

GEOL 4735 Introduction to Ground Water Hydrology (3 credits)

MCB 2610 Microbiology (4 credits)

NRME 2010 Natural Resources Measurements (4 credits)

NRME 2315 North American Wildlife (3 credits)

NRME 3105 Wetlands Biology and Conservation (3 credits)

NRME 3125 Watershed Hydrology (3 credits)

NRME 3205 Stream Ecology (3 credits)

NRME 3245 Environmental Law (3 credits)

NRME 3252 Geographic Information Science for Natural Resources Management (4 credits)*

NRME 3335 Wildlife Management (3 credits)

NRME 3535 Introductory Remote Sensing (3 credits)*

NRME 4000W Natural Resources Planning and Management (3 credits)

NRME 4175 Environmental Meteorology (3 credits)

NRME 4335 Principles of Fisheries Management (3 credits)

NRME 4535 Advanced Remote Sensing (3 credits)*

NRME 5325 Geospatial Data Processing Techniques (3 credits)*

NRME 5575 Natural Resource Applications of Geographic Information Systems (3 credits)*

*These courses incorporate the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

 

12. At least one course in organic chemistry is recommended (e.g. CHEM 2241 or CHEM 2443).

 

13. It is recommended that students take at least one course in statistics (e.g. STAT 3025Q or STAT 3075)

 

14. It is strongly recommended that students take EEB 2208 (Introduction to Conservation Biology)