Ecology and Conservation

Be Earth’s champion

A concentration in Ecology and Conservation will equip you to be an active, real-world champion of the environment—an expert who applies problem-solving techniques to the ecological issues now confronting a variety of natural and managed ecosystems. You’ll explore 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.

How to apply







Add in-depth knowledge and detail

The ecology and conservation concertation focuses on problem-solving techniques applied to current ecological issues. SPEA wants to ensure all MSES students are highly prepared and motivated to enter todays job market, so along with the core competencies, students pursing a concentration in Ecology and Conversation will take two courses (6 credit hours) in the Field and Identification core and four courses (12 credit hours) in the Ecology and Conservation core:

  • Fisheries & Wildlife Management (E 460)*
  • Fisheries & Wildlife Management Laboratory (E 461)*
  • Forest Ecology and Management (E 528)
  • Wetlands Ecology and Management (E 540)
  • Stream Ecology (E 546)
  • Plants and Plant Communities (E 555)
  • Limnology (E 556)
  • Vascular Plants (BIOL-B 300)*
  • Biology of Birds (BIOL-L 376)*

*For undergraduate level courses or courses outside of SPEA you will need to work with an advisor.

  • Environmental Toxicology (E 520)
  • Restoration Ecology (E 534)
  • Lake and Watershed Management (E 545)
  • BMP Design for Healthy Urban Watersheds (E 555)
  • Urban Ecology (E 555)
  • Conservation Biology (E 557)
  • Climate-Change Impacts on Natural Resources (E 591 / R 591)
  • Community Ecology (BIOL-L 579)*
  • Methods in Analytical Geochemistry (GEOL-G 544)*

*For courses outside of SPEA you will need to work with an advisor.

Combining your MSES degree with the MPA can offer you unique advantages in pursuing a particular career. Integrating science and policy for better leadership. Our faculty will work to accommodate your specialized professional interests and help you design a program that is best or you.

Gain real-world experience while still in school

You can join the SPEA Environmental Management & Sustainable Development Association, one of many professional student organizations that offer networking and current information on events in the industry.

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