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School of the Environment

M.S. Natural Resource Science

Program Description

The M.S. in Natural Resource Sciences includes a thesis that is a publishable contribution to understanding ecosystems and natural resources (e.g., plants and animals) and their diverse ecological and/or social values.   The specific requirements are given below and are subject to completion after entering the masters program.

Program Requirements (Thesis option only):

M.S. candidates in Natural Resource Sciences must The thesis program must consist of not less than 30 hours of approved graduate credit including a minimum of 21 hours of graded course work and 4 hours of NATRS 700, Master’s Research. Of these 21 credits, candidates must take at least 15 hours of 500-level graded major course work, 11 hours of major coursework, and up to 10 hours of supporting coursework outside of the major area. Graded coursework must include 1 semester of Environmental and Natural Resource Issues & Ethics (NATRS 594), 2 semesters of graduate seminar, at least 1 which must be the department seminar (NATRS 595). Up to 6 credits of non-graduate graded credit (300- or 400-level) may be also used. The program may not include courses graded Pass/Fail, courses not approved for graduate credit, or courses that are audited. Courses taken to remove undergraduate deficiencies cannot be taken for a Pass/Fail grade. Any course included in the advanced degree program in which a grade of “C-” or below is earned must be repeated but not on a Pass/Fail basis M. S. candidates in Natural Resource Sciences.  Specific courses to be included on a student’s degree plan are determined as a joint effort between the student, his/her major professor and the other members of the advisory committee to meet the particular needs of the student. The student’s advisory committee and the department chair must approve all degree plans before it is submitted to the Graduate School for approval.