M. S. Degrees

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To earn the Master of Science degree all NREM graduate students must complete three sets of requirements: Iowa State University Graduate College requirements, Department of Natural Resource Ecology & Management (NREM) requirements, and the requirements of the chosen graduate major. A non-thesis masters degree is available for students desiring a general degree program without thesis research.

NREM Graduate Student Handbook NREM Requirements
Graduate College Requirements

 

M.S. in Fisheries Biology

Preparation for an advanced degree in Fisheries Biology should include work equivalent to a B.S. in biological science, including courses in biology, aquatic botany, ecology, ichthyology, limnology, fisheries biology, and aquaculture.

Major Requirements

  • Complete all Graduate College and NREM Departmental requirements
  • Two 400-level or above courses in statistics.
  • M.S. program should include one or more graduate courses in fisheries or related areas offered by the NREM Department.

 

M.S. in Forestry

Preparation for an advanced degree in Forestry should include work equivalent to a B.S. in biological or environmental science, including courses in biology, botany, environmental science, ecology, hydrology, economics, and wood science.

Major Requirements

  • Complete all Graduate College and NREM Departmental requirements.
  • Statistics 401 (or equivalent) is required.
  • Demonstration of competence in an area of specialization is defined by completion of two additional forestry courses at the 500 or 600 levels.

 

M.S. in Wildlife Ecology

Preparation for an advanced degree in Wildlife Ecology should include course work equivalent to a B.S. in biological sciences, ecology, or related area.

Major Requirements

  • Complete all Graduate College and NREM Departmental requirements
  • Two quantitative courses, including Statistics 401 and an additional 3 credit hours in Statistics courses at the 400 level or above, A ECL 611, or from seminars, special studies, or experimental quantitative courses approved by the POS Committee and Director of Graduate Education (DOGE).
  • One course from the following: A ECL 516, 531, 551, 589, 554
  • One additional 3 cr. course offered by the NREM department
  • In addition to the above requirements, graduate students are strongly encouraged to develop competency in plant ecology. Federal employment as a wildlife biologist and professional certification by The Wildlife Society both require 9 credit hours in plant sciences at either the undergraduate or graduate level. We also strongly encourage students to take at least 1 course in the area of natural resource policy, administration, or human dimensions.

Interdepartmental Graduate Majors

Students may also select interdepartmental graduate majors in Biorenewable Resources Technology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Science, Genetics, Plant Biology, Sustainable Agriculture, and Toxicology.


Center for Communication Excellence

The new Center for Communication Excellence offers free individual consultations with graduate writing consultants. Students working on their thesis or dissertation, journal article, research proposal, conference paper, poster presentation, etc. can make appointments with DisciplinaryInterdisciplinary, and English Writing Consultants. Students can also join graduate peer review groups, attend seminars and workshops, and access various other resources

For more information, contact Elena Cotos at ecotos@iastate.edu