Michele Dudash, Department Head
Department of Natural Resource Management
Edgar S. McFadden Biostress Laboratory 138, Box 2140B
SDSU has an extensive graduate program in wildlife and fisheries sciences. The Department of Natural Resource Management offers graduate programs in both Biological Science and Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. Both degree programs award M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.
Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
The Ph.D. degree program in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences is intended to educate students for upper-level management, research and administrative positions with state and federal agencies, private companies, and academic institutions. Academic career opportunities also exist for Ph.D. graduates in all the Departmental disciplines, preparing students for the responsibilities of teaching, research, and service, required for faculty positions with universities and colleges. By building on the educational foundation that students obtain from B.S. and M.S. degree work, we endeavor to raise them to a higher intellectual plateau. While coursework is involved, this educational experience is primarily based on research and mentoring. This degree requires original thought and research contributions, synthesis and development of information, and contributions to the world and its natural resources.
Students interested in careers in ecology, environmental science, and range science often utilize the Biological Sciences Ph.D. degree programs. Refer to the Biological Sciences (Ph.D.) page for more information about the specifications required for these degree programs.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Be knowledgeable regarding biological systems at a level appropriate to a Ph.D. degree holder.
- Be able to effectively express themselves orally and in written form.
- Understand the scientific method of solving problems.
- Be computer and statistically capable.
- Be specialized in some area of wildlife or fisheries, but still be broadly based in knowledge.
- Be able to conduct scholarly research.
- Understand the relationships between biological information and socioeconomic factors.
- Demonstrate professional development, especially in regard to the need for continued learning after their degree program.
- Develop a concern and feeling for the natural resources of the world.
Accreditation, Licensure, and Certification
Certification is available through the American Fisheries Society and The Wildlife Society.
Course Delivery Format
The Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences graduate program is primarily an on-campus program. However, field research may require extended time periods away from campus.
Facilities and Services
The department is housed within the Northern Plains Biostress Laboratory at SDSU. The Department houses the Oak Lake Biological Field Station and also hosts the South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.