PhD Degrees

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To earn the Doctor of Philosophy 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.

 

PhD in Fisheries Biology

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

Major Requirements

PhD in Forestry

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

Major Requirements

  • Complete all Graduate College and NREM Departmental requirements
  • Demonstration of competence in an area of specialization is defined by completion of: a) 14 cr. of Research (FOR 699) beyond the Masters program; b) 3 additional forestry courses at the 500 or 600 level; and c) courses in science basic to the area of specialization and necessary to apply the basic science to forest resource problems.
  • STAT 401 (or equivalent) and at least one additional graduate-level course in statistics are required.
  • At the discretion of the student’s POS Committee, previous graduate course work may be applied in the student’s PhD program of study within the limits prescribed by the Graduate College.

     

PhD in Wildlife Ecology

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

Major Requirements

  • Complete all Graduate College and NREM Departmental requirements
  • In addition to M.S. degree requirements, 3 additional credit hours in courses offered by the NREM department.
  • Additionally, 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.