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The Ecology core requirements are few and flexible. Students must meet these requirements, as well as any additional ones of their home department.


1) The degree is research-based and requires a thesis or dissertation.


2)  Regular participation in the Ecology Center Seminar Series and associated events is expected. MS students must register for the Ecology Seminar in each of two years during their program of study.

PhD students must register for Ecology Seminar in each of three years during their program of study.


3) The degree requires some demonstrated breadth of knowledge in Ecology, most often satisfied with courses from the topical Blocks listed below.

MS students must take three credits each from two of the Blocks. 
PhD students must take three credits each from three of the Blocks. 

Students may substitute other courses from the same topical area by request of the graduate supervisory committee to the Ecology Center Director. 



Block #1: Biophysical Ecology


CEE 6740 Environmental Quality Modeling/Surface Water Quality Modeling (Neilson)
GEO/ PSC/WATS 6680 Paleoclimatology (Rittenour)
GEO/WATS 6150 Fluvial Geomorphology (Schmidt)
PSC 6130 Soil Genesis, Morphology, and Classification (Boettinger)
PSC 6500 Environmental Physics of Land Ecosystems and Climate (Hipps)
PSC 6820 Environmental Biophysics (Hipps)
WATS 6900 Fluvial Hydraulics & Ecohydraulics (Wheaton)
WILD/PSC 5350/6350 Wildland Soils (Van Miegroet)



Block #2: Organismic, Population, and Evolutionary Ecology


BIOL 6240 Physiological Ecology of Vertebrates (French)

BIOL 6260 Behavioral Ecology (Sullivan)
BIOL 6380 Evolutionary Genetics
BIOL 6600 Comparative Animal Physiology (French)
WATS 6230/7230 Fish Ecology (Budy) 
WILD 6401 Population State Variables (Koons)
WILD 6402 Demographic Vital Rates (Koons)
WILD 6403 Dynamics of Structured Populations (Koons)
WILD 6720/7720 Advanced Conservation Biology (Beard)

WILD 6730 Forest Community Ecology (Lutz)

WILD 7200 Plant Physiological Ecology (Kulmatiski)
WILD 7400 Plant Population Ecology (Schupp)


Block #3: Community, Ecosystem, and Landscape Ecology


BIOL 6010 Biogeography (White)
BIOL/PSC/WILD 6200 Biogeochemistry of Terrestrial Ecosystems (Stark)
BIOL 6590 Animal Community Ecology (Ernest)
WATS 6310 Wetland Ecology and Management (Kettenring)
WATS/WILD 6700 Restoration Ecology (Kettenring/Null/Veblen) 
WATS 6820/7820 Stream Ecology (Hawkins)
WILD 6710/7710 Landscape Ecology (Edwards)

WILD 6770 Plant Community Ecology (Adler)
WILD 6900 Invasion Ecology (Beard)

WILD 7000 Wildland Ecosystem Management (du Toit)


Block #4: Quantitative Ecology 


BIOL/MATH 6820 Applied Math in Biology (Powell)
BIOL 6750 Introduction to Programming and Database Management for Biologists (White)
BIOL 6750 Advanced Programming and Database Management for Biologists (White)
STAT 5120 Categorical Data Analysis 
STAT 5570/6570 Statistical Bioinformatics (Stevens)
STAT 5600 Applied Multivariate Statistics (Cutler)
STAT 6200 Analysis of Unbalanced Data and Complex Experimental Designs (Coster)

WATS 6900 Hydrologic Modeling for Watershed Sciences (Null)
WATS 6920 Geographic Information Systems (Wheaton)
WILD 6510 Topics in Spatial Ecology (Edwards)

Block #5: Human Ecology



ASTE 5260/6260 Environmental Aspects of Agricultural Systems (Miller)

ENVS 6150 Conservation Policy for Private Lands

ENVS 6320 Water Law and Policy in the United States (Endter-Wada)

ENVS 6900 Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy (Kurtzman, online only)



ENVS 6400 Ecological Aspects of Wildland Recreation (Monz)

ENVS 6580 Sustainable Nature-Based Tourism (Wyman, online only)



ENVS 6200 Bioregional Analysis and Planning (Toth)

LAEP 6110 Landscape Planning for Wildlife (Li)

LAEP 6270 Site Analysis: Social, Behavioral, and Biophysical Dimensions (Christensen)


Economics, and Sustainability, and Translational Science:

ENVS 6900 Translational Ecology (Brunson)

APEC 5560 Natural Resource and Environmental Economics (Bosworth)

ENVS 5550/6550 Sustainability: Concepts and Measurement (Tainter)


Anthropology, History, Psychology, and Sociology:

ANTH 5340/6340 Archaeology of the Desert West (Sims)

ENVS 6300/7300 Social and Environmental Psychology of Natural Resources (Brunson)

HIST 6460 Environmental History (Conte)

SOC 5640/6640 Conflict Management in Natural Resources (Daniels)

SOC 6620 Environment, Technology, and Social Change (Krannich)

SOC 6630 Natural Resources and Social Development (Jackson-Smith)


*Abbreviations - Biology (BIOL), Geology (GEOL), Plant Soils and Climate (PSC), Watershed Sciences (WATS), Wildland Resources (WILD)