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The Ecology MS and PhD are research degrees that require a research thesis or dissertation. The course requirements are tailored to each student's interests and needs, but include the minimum University and departmental degree requirements, and the Ecology Center requirements, as follows:
EC SEMINAR COURSE:All Ecology graduate students are required to register for Ecology Seminar (BIOL 6870, ENVS 6870, PSC 6870, WATS 6870, WILD 6870,) at least one semester per academic year and attend each semester in residence.
FUNCTIONAL BLOCKS*:MS students are required to take three credits each from two of the blocks. PhD students are required to take three credits each from three of the blocks. (see General Catalog) Specific courses are listed for most of the blocks. Selection of courses from the blocks is to be decided collaboratively by the student, major professor, and graduate committee (see Block Courses). In general, major professors should be responsible for substituting any classes for their students and ensuring that their education is complete.
*The purpose of the requirements to take a selection of the Functional Block graduate courses (6000 and 7000 level) is to promote breadth in the background of ecology graduates at USU. Yet, if students have had some similar specialized ecological coursework previously, this can be considered as a substitution, at the discretion of the major professor in consultation with the Ecology Center Director. Such allowances will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the major professor, the student's graduate committee and the Ecology Center Director.
ALSO: Considerable flexibility in the composition of the ecology graduate supervisory committees exists among participating departments.
All participating departments have agreed to uniform ecology course requirements and to minimize other departmental requirements.
Students going on from the MS to the PhD may apply courses taken for the MS to the PhD requirement.
(Last updated 11/13/12)