Master of Science in Ecology 3+2
While you can work anywhere in the world to conduct research, you can also find great opportunities to work with faculty on projects such as:
- Aquatic Ecology: Monitoring and assessing aquatic ecosystems in the West.
- Fisheries Biology: Evaluating and managing aquatic ecosystem health and human activities to maintain sustainable fish populations for commercial, recreational and conservation purposes.
- Forest and Fire Ecology: Investigating the role of wildfire and climate on forest ecology and management in the West.
- Invasive Species Ecology: Working with land managers to identify and implement methods for invasive species control and restoration of native communities.
- Population and Conservation Ecology: Investigating population dynamics of rare plants.
- Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology: Quantifying changes in carbon and nutrients under different disturbance regimes and land management strategies in the Arctic and western Colorado.
- Wildlife Ecology: Studying habitat relationships and land management consequences to wildlife populations and communities.
Faculty & Staff
Professor of Biology; Chair, Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Office Location: Hurst Hall 143C
Professor of Biology
Office Location: Hurst Hall 222
Office Location: Kelley Hall 105
Lecturer in Biology
Office Location: Hurst Hall 132
Lecturer in Environment & Sustainability
Office Location: Leslie J. Savage Library 303
Thornton Chair in Biology
Office Location: Hurst Hall 143B
Associate Professor of Environment & Sustainability
Office Location: Kelley Hall 116
Assistant Professor of Wildlife & Conservation Biology
Office Location: Hurst Hall 143A
Professor of Environment & Sustainability, Master in Environmental Management and Master of Science in Ecology
Office Location: Kelley Hall 143
The Master of Science in Ecology 3+2 prepares students to answer pressing questions in ecology, conservation and resource management from local to global scales. Undergraduates interested in the program can major in Biology or Environment & Sustainability with an Ecology 3+2 emphasis. Once students reach the graduate portion of the program, they choose a track in Ecology & Conservation or Fisheries & Wildlife Management.
How It Works
Ecology 3+2 is an official emphasis within the Biology and Environment & Sustainability majors. The summer after their sophomore year, students apply to the M.S. in Ecology program. If they meet the credit requirements, score well enough on the GRE and are accepted to the program, they become “M.S. in Ecology Candidates with Provisional Acceptance” at the end of their junior year.
Students spend their senior year taking the first courses of the M.S. in Ecology program. Those courses also count as their final undergraduate credits, and students earn their B.S. or B.A. upon completion of the courses. Students then enter their fifth year as “M.S. in Ecology Degree Seeking Students.” They complete their master’s that year after they complete and defend a publishable research project.
Tuition & Aid
M.S. in Ecology 3+2 students have access to financial aid for four years, during which they also have access to program-specific aid. For the first three years, students in the program pay undergraduate tuition and are eligible for undergraduate financial aid. The fourth year, students pay full M.S. in Ecology tuition, plus six credits of undergraduate tuition; this qualifies them for better financial aid options. In the final year, students pay graduate tuition. Altogether, this reduces the price of a master’s degree by approximately one year from what a traditional program would cost.
Reach out to Matthew Benoit, Ph.D. for more information.