Program Timeline

The Ecology and Sustainability M.S. degree is designed to be 2-3 year program, depending upon the student's outside commitments and motivation. Most grad courses are offered at two year intervals.

Sample Two-Year Program for Students Beginning in Fall 2016- Ecological Conservation Concentration

  • Fall 2016
    • BIOL 5030 Ecosystem Services (3)
    • Elective Ecology Course (4)
    • BIOL 5961 Grad Seminar (1)
    • Select thesis advisor and general thesis topic
  • Spring 2017
    • BIOL 5170 Restoration Ecology (4)
    • BIOL 5961 Grad Seminar (1)
    • BIOL 5941 Field Research or BIOL 5940 Internship (3)
    • Complete literature review of topic, select thesis committee (advisor + 2 other faculty), and complete thesis proposal
  • Fall 2017
    • BIOL 5500 Research Design for Ecologists (4)
    • Elective Tools Course (2-4)
    • BIOL 5961 Grad Seminar (1)
    • BIOL 5990 Thesis (3)

  • Spring 2018
    • BIOL 5010 Advanced Science Writing (4)
    • PADM 5310 Environmental Policy (3)
    • BIOL 5990 Thesis (3)
    • Write, edit, and submit thesis

Program Deadlines

  1. By the end of the first semester after beginning the grad program (as a classified student), students need to select a major advisor and a general research topic.
  2. By the end of the second semester after beginning the grad program (as a classified student), students need to select a thesis committee, complete the literature review and thesis proposal, and have theproposal approved by their committee.

These two deadlines must be met by all classified grad students in order to make "good progress" on their degree program. If a deadline is missed, the student will be placed on probation and have one more semester to meet the requirement before s/he will be dismissed from the program.