Joint B.S./M.S. in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology Core Graduate Courses

For detailed information on all of the program’s required courses you should check the detailed descriptions of the B.S. and M.S. degree requirements.  In addition to the core graduate courses described below, the graduate curriculum includes coursework in at least two of three Related Areas: Environmental Policy or Ethics, Environmental Economics, and Geographic Information Systems.

All students in the program are required to complete the following requirements:

EEB 5310 Conservation Biology (3 credits): Case studies and theoretical approaches to conservation of biological diversity, genetic resources, plant and animal communities, and ecosystem functions. Topics emphasize ecological and evolutionary principles that form the scientific basis of this emerging, interdisciplinary field, as well as socio-political, legal, economic, and ethical aspects of conservation. EEB 5310 is currently taught in alternate years only.  Students who plan to enter the program only for the M.S. degree, and who wish to finish within one year, should check the schedule for this course to make sure that it will be taught during the time they plan to be in the program.

EEB 5369 Current Topics in Biodiversity (1 credit): This seminar course engages in analysis and discussion of current literature on biodiversity.

EEB 5370 Current Topics in Conservation Biology (1 credit): This seminar course engages in analysis and discussion of current literature on conservation.

EEB 5889 Research (at least 4 credits):  Field and laboratory work in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, on campus or off-campus, potentially in association with the internship component of their degree program.

EEB 5891 Graduate Internship in Ecology, Conservation or Evolutionary Biology (1-9 credits): All students in the program are required to gain at least two months worth of internship experience to provide practical experience applying their training in biodiversity and conservation biology in a real work setting.  These internships are arranged by the student in consultation with their advisors.  Typically students enroll in at least three credits of EEB 5891. A contract must be prepared and signed by the student, advisor and field supervisor prior to beginning the internship.