Ecology and Conservation

Be Earth’s champion

A concentration in Ecology and Conservation will equip you to be an active, real-world defender of the earth—an expert who applies problem-solving techniques to the ecological issues now confronting a variety of natural and managed ecosystems. You’ll explore a number of study areas including forest ecology and management, habitat loss and restoration, endangered species, wetlands biology, fisheries and wildlife management, and the management of lakes and watersheds. The common thread linking all of these areas will be your ability to apply sound ecological principles in an effort to understand, analyze, and address environmental problems. In this concentration you will learn how to integrate ecological science with sound public policy in ways that protect and enhance the planet’s biological resources. You'll be prepared for a number of rewarding environmental careers—positions for which you will be a high-demand candidate, due to the hands-on nature of our program.

A broad base, plus depth and detail

You’ll begin by mastering the fundamentals reflected in the MSES program’s core competencies—15 credit hours encompassing the rigor and breadth that employers seek. The concentration also features 18 credit hours of specialized advanced courses.

Personalize your program

The remainder of your course work comes in 12 credit hours of electives, letting you tailor your Applied Ecology concentration to your interests. A few of the elective options are listed below:

  • Wetlands: Biology and Regulation (E 440)
  • Limnology (E 455)
  • Fisheries and Wildlife Management (E 460)
  • Fisheries and Wildlife Management Laboratory (E 461)
  • Environmental Toxicology (E 520)
  • Urban Forest Management (E 522)
  • Habitat Analysis–Aquatic (E 523)
  • Habitat Analysis–Terrestrial (E 524)
  • Forest Ecology and Management (E 528)
  • Restoration Ecology (E 534)
  • Subsurface Microbiology and Bioremediation (E 544)
  • Lake and Watershed Management (E 545)
  • Stream Ecology (E 546)
  • Avian Conservation (E 555)
  • Plants and Plant Communities (E 555)
  • Urban Ecology (E 555)
  • Conservation Biology (E 557)

After consulting with a faculty advisor, you also may enroll in elective courses offered by other IU departments, including geology and geography.

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