2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
    Oct 27, 2020  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences (M.S.) - Fisheries Sciences Specialization

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Michele Dudash, Department Head
Department of Natural Resource Management
Edgar S. McFadden Biostress Laboratory 138, Box 2140B
E-mail: michele.dudash@sdstate.edu

Program Information

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 M.S. degree program in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences is intended to educate students for management-level positions with state and federal agencies, private companies, and for the pursuit of higher academic degrees. By using specifically identified coursework and mentoring, we strive to assist students in developing their intellectual capabilities in working with natural resources and people. In addition, each student must propose and conduct an original scientific investigation. Placement rates for M.S. graduates into positions as fisheries biologists, wildlife biologists, and other natural resource positions with state and federal agencies is extremely high.

Biological Sciences

Students interested in careers in ecology, environmental science, and range science often utilize the Biological Sciences M.S. degree programs.

Student Learning Outcomes 

  • Be knowledgeable regarding biological systems at a level appropriate to a M.S. degree holder.
  • Be able to effectively express themselves orally and in written form.
  • Understand the scientific method of solving problem.
  • 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.

Available Options for Graduate Degrees

Master of Science Option A - Thesis 30 Credit Hours

Core Requirements

Total Required Credits: 30 (Option A)

Additional Admission Requirements

GRE:  Required
TOEFL:  Department Requirement of 525 paper-based, 71 Internet-based
IELTS: 5.5

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

General Requirements

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

For additional information refer to the Master’s Degree Requirements .

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