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Fish and Wildlife Biology & ManagementM.S., M.P.S. & Ph.D.

Degree Programs

ESF offers degrees at four levels: Bachelor of Science, Masters of Science, Masters of Professional Studies and Doctor of Philosophy. Students enroll in Environmental and Forest Biology and concentrate their coursework and independent study in fish or wildlife science.

Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Forest Biology

  • Undergraduate fish and wildlife students at ESF receive the Bachelor of Science degree, which provides a broad education in the biological sciences with a strong foundation in ecology. The program is tailored with specific courses to meet the needs of those students interested in pursuing careers in Fish or Wildlife Science. Students may choose the Wildlife Science Option or the Fisheries Science Option.

Students can meet certification requirements of The Wildlife Society and certification requirements of The American Fisheries Society by taking elective courses.

Master of Science in Environmental and Forest Biology

  • The Master of Science degree is designed to enhance and strengthen the undergraduate experience through graduate work in Wildlife or Fisheries Science. This program prepares students for entry-level careers, particularly with state and federal agencies. It also develops a strong foundation for students seeking advanced work at the doctorate level. The M.S. degree requires a combination of 24 credit hours of coursework and 6 credits for a research-based thesis project.

Master of Professional Studies in Environmental and Forest Biology

  • The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree is intended to be a terminal degree. This degree has two options. The Coursework-only option requires 42 credits of graduate-level courses (at least 30 must be taken at ESF). The Professional Experience option requires 30 credits of graduate-level coursework and 12 credits in an integrative experience such as an internship with an environmental organization.

Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental and Forest Biology

  • The doctoral degree (Ph.D) represents a pinnacle of academic achievement in the sciences. The Ph.D. program prepares students for careers in government, industry, universities, and other research organizations.The Ph.D. degree requires 30 credits of coursework, successful completion of the doctoral candidacy examination, and original research presented as a dissertation or equivalent in refereed publications. Graduate course credits earned for a Masters degree may fulfill requirements for a student's doctoral degree. Doctoral students must also demonstrate competence in at least one research tool such as statistics, computer science or a language other than English.