PhD Fisheries & Aquatic Biology

The PhD program requires a minimum of 48 credits: a minimum of 24 graduate-level course credits and a minimum of 24 thesis credits. Course credits are intended to provide doctoral students the necessary intellectual and professional foundation for their thesis projects, future career and professional activities.

PhD students in the track must meet all requirements for the PhD in the Conservation Sciences major, substituting two semesters of FW 8200 in lieu of 2 credits of CONS 8001, and take at least eight credits of coursework from the list below. Other advanced courses or colloquia on fisheries or aquatic biology not listed here may also satisfy the requirements of the track.

EEB 5601 - Limnology (3 cr)
ENT 5361 - Aquatic Insects (3 cr)
FW 5136 - Ichthyology (4 cr)
FW 5401 - Fish Physiology and Behavior (4 cr)
FW 5003 - Human Dimensions of Biological Conservation (3 cr)
FW5051 - Analysis of Populations (4 cr)
FW 5604 - Fisheries Ecology and Management (3 cr)
FW 8459 - Stream and River Ecology (3 cr)
ESPM 5061 - Water Quality and Natural Resource (3 cr)
ESPM 5575 - Wetlands Conservation (3 cr)
EPSM 5111 - Hydrology and Water Quality Field Methods (3 cr)
EEB 8601 - Introduction to Stream Restoration (3 cr)
EEB 8602 - Stream Restoration Practice (2 cr)
FR 5114 - Hydrology and Watershed Management (3 cr)
FR 5153 - Forest and Wetland Hydrology (3 cr)

All students must pass a written exam, a preliminary oral exam, and a final oral exam (the thesis defense). The written preliminary examination should be taken in the second semester of the second year. Students taking the written preliminary exam must enroll in CONS 8095 the semester they plan to submit their exam. A student may submit exam with the next year’s cohort with written permission of the student’s advisor and committee. If the written preliminary exam has not been passed 4 years after beginning the program, the student will be dismissed from the program. After passing written preliminary exam students should fill out Preliminary Written Exam Report Form (.docx) and submit to the Conservation Sciences program office. The preliminary oral examination should be taken within the first semester after passing the written examination. Preliminary examinations should be taken before significant time has been spent on thesis research. PhD students are required to take the core courses which amount to 7 credits (includes 3 credits of CS seminars and 1 prelim seminar).

The heart of graduate education for the PhD in CS is extensive research under the supervision of one or more members of the graduate faculty. This research will be guided to promote submission of manuscripts to peer reviewed journals. Examples of PhD dissertation topics are on the CS program website. A thesis defense is required for completion of the degree. Generally a PhD should be completed in 3-5 years.

General requirements for the PhD are explained in the Graduate School Bulletin.