Degree Options and Requirements

Students at the University of Minnesota can pursue several degree options in one of the three tracks in the Conservation Sciences program:

  1. Conservation Science (CS) track provides graduate training for students interested in the interface of populations, species, and ecosystem biology with disciplines of social sciences, education, economics, and law.
  2. Fisheries and Aquatic Biology (FAB) track provides graduate training for students interested in conservation, policy, and the social sciences as they relate to fisheries and aquatic resource management.
  3. Wildlife Ecology and Management (WEM) track provides graduate training for students interested in conservation, management, natural resources policy, and the social sciences as they relate to wildlife biology.
  4. Joint Juris Doctor (J.D.) in Law and an MS or PhD in either CS or FAB track.
  5. Minor in Conservation Sciences

Master's and PhD students in other degree programs can also minor in Conservation Sciences in one of the three tracks.

Courses

List of courses offered during a specific semester are available via MyU portal once you are admitted.

Required Classes

  1. FW 8452: Conservation Biology - 3 cr. (Fall)
  2. CBIO 8001: Conservation Biology Seminar - 1 cr. (Fall, Spring)
  3. CBIO 8095: Contemporary Problems in Cons. Biology - PhD students only -1 cr (Spring)
  4. All students are required to take one graduate level quantitative course (statistics, systematics) and complete ethics training.

Degree Completion Requirements

Individual degree optios in the three tracks may have additional course requirements. For details please click individual degree programs on the right.