2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    Jul 14, 2020  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Biological Sciences (M.S.) - Natural Resource Management Specialization

Program Coordinator/Contact

Michele Dudash, Department Head
Department of Natural Resource Management
Edgar S. McFadden Biostress Laboratory 138, Box 2140B

Program Information

The Natural Resource Management specialization will provide training in ecology, evolution, environmental sciences, and range areas of expertise with a focus on basic and applied research.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Science in Biological Sciences will:

  • Have a deep understanding and knowledge of biological principles related to the chosen discipline
  • Apply principles into practice in the field or industry setting
  • Have an appreciation and working knowledge of scientific research methods in the discipline
  • Demonstrate ability to interpret research findings and understand the implications
  • Write a coherent thesis or research paper and demonstrate the ability to write a scientific journal paper
  • Demonstrate competence in the major course topics covered by the student’s graduate plan of study
  • Demonstrate the ability to use ethics in decision making and planning
  • Demonstrate information literacy for science-based decision making and lifetime learning

Course Delivery Format

Biological Sciences courses are delivered face-to-face and enhanced with web-based instruction. Online delivery may be offered for specific courses.

Facilities and Services

The department is housed within the McFadden Biostress Laboratory at SDSU.

Available Options for Graduate Degrees

Master of Science Option A - Thesis 30 Credit Hours
  Option B - Research/Design Paper 32 Credit Hours

Core Requirements

  • Credits: 1 (2 credits required)
  • STAT courses numbered 500 level or higher Credits: 3
  • Additional course credits from BOT, EES, NRM, RANG, or WL numbered 500-level or higher Credits: 6

Select one of the following options

Option A - Thesis

Option B - Research/Design Paper

Total Required Credits: 30 (Option A), 32 (Option B)

Additional Admission Requirements

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

General Requirements

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

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