2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    
    Sep 16, 2019  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog

Biological Sciences (Ph.D.) - Natural Resource Management Specialization


Program Coordinator/Contact

Michele Dudash, Department Head
Department of Natural Resource Management
Edgar S. McFadden Biostress Laboratory 138, Box 2140B
605-688-6121

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 Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences will:

  • Have a thorough understanding and knowledge of biological principles related to the chosen discipline.
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct innovative research to create new knowledge.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write grant proposals to secure research funding.
  • Utilize appropriate statistical methods to make inferences from research.
  • Write a coherent dissertation and submit one or more manuscripts to a scientific journal.
  • Understand and articulate the potential applications of basic research.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use ethics in decision making and planning.
  • Demonstrate information literacy for science-based decision making and lifetime learning.
  • Be prepared to enter into careers related to research and development or academic institutions.
  • Contribute to the advancement of science in the discipline.

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


Doctor of Philosophy 60 Credit Plan
  90 Credit Plan

Core Requirements


60 Credit Plan


90 Credit Plan


Additional Admission Requirements


GRE: required
TOEFL: required score of 525 paper-based, 71 Internet-based
IELTS: 5.5

General Requirements


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

For additional information refer to the Doctor of Philosophy Degree Requirements .