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Frostburg State University’s Master of Science in Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology is one of Maryland’s top biology programs and is led by professors who are published scientific authors and renowned authorities in their respective fields. Heavily steeped in research, the program uses the extensive resources available at Frostburg State University and diverse field environments. Students in this advanced degree program gain skills to explore complex conservation topics. Because the need for professionals is broad-based and global, this MS program incorporates both domestic and international issues.
Conservation Biology and Reserve Design – Examine modern topics in conservation biology emphasizing impacts of habitat insularization and related landscape perturbations on population dynamics, social structure, genetic diversity and ecological interactions of organisms. Apply these factors in the design of nature reserves and maintenance of biodiversity.
Methods of Research in Biological Sciences – Gain an understanding of the scientific methods, improving scientific writing skills and practical experience in computer analysis of biological data. Major projects include writing a thesis research proposal and a scientific paper.
Ethics, Economics and Politics in Conservation – Examine political and economic considerations associated with protection of endangered species and special habitats. Explore case histories of conflicts among competing forces for natural resources.
Find out more about Frostburg State University’s Master of Science - Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology program requirements (PDF).
Career Outlook for Ecologists and Conservation Biologist:
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports anticipated growth of 3 percent for conservation biologists through 2022. As a graduate of this FSU master’s program, you will be prepared to work in environmental consulting firms, national and international conservation organizations and for state and federal agencies. Graduates of the program are also well prepared to pursue doctoral studies in the biology field. For more information, visit www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/conservation-scientists.htm (U.S. Government Occupational Outlook Handbook).
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