2011-2012 Graduate Catalog 
    Mar 02, 2021  
2011-2012 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Natural Resource Management (includes Wildlife & Fisheries)

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Program Description

Department graduate programs typically fall into either the MS or PhD degrees in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, or the MS and PhD programs in Biological Sciences.  Faculty expertise includes Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Range Science, and Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences.  In addition, other programs are available cooperatively on campus.  For example, some of the Range Science graduate students in the Department of Natural Resource Management can choose to seek an MS or PhD in Animal Science rather than Biological Sciences.  The Department houses the SD Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, which is a cooperative effort among SDSU, the SD Department of Game, Fish and Parks, the US Department of the Interior (US Geological Survey), and the Wildlife Management Institute.  Several faculty members in the Geographic Information Science Center of Excellence are also housed in the Natural Resource Management Department.  In general, students are not accepted into the Department’s graduate program unless an assistantship can be provided.  Therefore, a major advisor typically must have funding secured before a student is formally accepted into the graduate program.  The major advisor is assigned at the time of acceptance into the program.  The Department cooperates with a variety of internal and external funding entities to support research projects.



Available Options for Graduate Degrees

Master of Science (Wildlife & Fisheries) Option A (Thesis)
Master of Science (Biological Sciences) Option A (Thesis)
  Option B (Non-thesis)
Doctor of Philosophy 60 Credit Plan
  90 Credit Plan


Core Requirements for Master of Science

Students are expected to take departmental coursework as well as in statistical methods and graduate seminars.

Core Requirements for Doctor of Philosophy

Students must be proficient in departmental offerings, statistical methods, and computer application. Courses and experience are also required in college-level teaching and graduate and PhD seminars.

Additional Admission Requirements

Master of Science (Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences)
GRE:  Required
TOEFL:  Department Requirement of 525 paper-based, 197 computer-based, 71 Internet-based

Master of Science (Biological Sciences)
GRE:  Required (GRE scores above the 50th percentile will strengthen the case for admission)
TOEFL:  Department Requirement of 575 paper-based, 233 computer-based, 90 internet-based, or a score of 6.5 for the IELTS.

Admission to all degree programs require that a faculty member from the department agrees to serve as the major advisor.

General Requirements (Master’s and PhD)

Graduate students should consult with their advisor before registering for graduate work.

See Master’s Degree Requirements and Doctor of Philosophy Degree Requirements

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