The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Required courses, MS and PhD degrees

A list of courses that Ecology PhD and Masters students are required to take

Ecology PhD and Masters students are required to successfully complete courses in Ecology (Advances, Classical, Colloquium), Ecology-related Core Areas (Physiological Ecology, Population Ecology, Community/Ecosystem Ecology), and Statistics, as well as the SARI online component. Differences between PhD and Masters requirements are detailed below and in the degree-specific sections of this website. (If you are seeking a Minor in Ecology, please refer to the relevant requirements).

 

1a) ECLGY 515 Advances in Ecology

  • All PhD and Masters students need to successfully complete Advances in Ecology.  Advances in Ecology must be taken during the first fall semester of enrollment in order to fulfill the SARI instructional module.

1b) SARI (Scholastic and Research Integrity) online component

  • All PhD and Masters students need to successfully complete the online component of the SARI course during their first semester of study.
  • This online course can be found at http://www.citiprogram.org/ and takes several hours to complete. Select the "Responsible Conduct of Research" test and the "Biomedical" option.
  • A copy of the student's completion report must be submitted to the Ecology Program office and the course instructor of ECLGY 515.

 

2) ECLGY 510 Classical Ecology

  • All PhD students need to successfully complete Classical Ecology.  Classical Ecology is offered in the fall semester and should be taken during the first year of study.
  • Masters students may take Classical Ecology at the recommendation of their adviser and with the approval of the course instructor on a space available basis.

 

3) ECLGY 590 Ecology Colloquium

  • PhD students need to successfully complete 4 semesters of Ecology Colloquium as a registered participant (presentation required).
  • Masters students need to successfully complete 2 semesters of Ecology Colloquium as a registered participant (presentation required).
  • Regular participation in Colloquium is expected of all Ecology graduate students even in the semesters when they are not officially registered for the course.
  • Oral presentations at a national or international scientific meeting may be substituted for a Colloquium presentation (up to 1 substitution for Masters and up to 2 substitutions for PhD students). Student must fulfill registration requirements even when a substitution is approved. Additional details may be found in the Ecology Handbook.

 

4) Core courses:

  • All PhD and Masters students need to successfully complete a total of 2 courses (6 credits) from the following 3 categories. It is recommended, for breadth of knowledge, that these courses come from 2 different categories.

Molecular, Physiological, Behavioral, and Evolutionary Ecology

  • BIOL 406 Symbiosis (fall & spring)
  • BIOL 446 Physiological Ecology (spring)
  • ENT 597B Concepts and Techniques in Molecular Ecology
  • ENT 597D-Insect Chemical Ecology (fall, even)
  • ERM 444 Environmental Biophysics (fall, odd)
  • FOR 409 Tree Physiology (spring, odd)
  • HORT 445 Plant Ecology (fall)
  • HORT/PLBIO 514 Modern Techniques and Concepts in Plant Ecophysiology (spring)
  • HORT 517 Ecology of Plant Roots (fall, odd)
  • SOILS 512 Environmental Soil Microbiology (spring)

Population and Community Ecology

  • AGRO 510 Ecology of Agricultural Systems (spring)
  • BIOL 412 Ecology of Infectious Diseases (fall)
  • BIOL 482 Coastal Biology (spring)
  • BIOL 519 Ecological and Environmental Problem Solving (spring, even)
  • ENT 420 Introduction to Population Dynamics (fall, odd)
  • FOR 508 Forest Ecology (spring, even)
  • WFS 560 Population Estimation and Modeling (fall & spring)

Ecosystem, Landscape and Global Ecology

  • ERM 435 / WFS 435 Limnology (fall)
  • GEOG 411W Forest Geography (fall, odd)
  • GEOG 414 Principles and Applications in Landscape Ecology (fall & spring)
  • GEOG 510 Fire, Ecosystems, and People (fall 2017 only)
  • GEOG 550 Wetlands Ecology and Management (spring)
  • SOILS 571 Ecosystem Nutrient Cycles (fall, even)
  • WFS 585 Applied Spatial Ecology (spring)

 

5) Statistics

  • All PhD students need to successfully complete 2 advanced level Statistics courses.
  • All Masters students need to successfully complete 1 advanced level Statistics course.
  • Courses that fulfill this requirement must be 400- or 500- level courses. Introductory courses (eg, STAT 451) do not fulfill this requirement.

The Department of Statistics offers a range of applied and theoretical statistic courses. Other courses that Ecology students have found useful to meet their statistics requirements include:

  • ENT 535 Statistical Techniques in Entomology (fall)
  • GEOG 464 Advanced Spatial Statistics (spring)
  • STAT 502 Analysis of Variance and Design of Experiments (fall & spring)
  • STAT 505 Applied Multivariate Statistical Analysis (fall)
  • STAT 510 Applied Time Series Analysis (fall)
  • STAT 511 Regression Analysis and Modeling (fall)
  • STAT 512 Design and Analysis of Experiments (spring)
  • WFS 597B Quantitative Methods in Ecology (spring)
  • WFS 560 Population Estimation and Modeling (fall & spring)

 

6) Additional Ecology-related courses that you may consider as you develop a program of study with your Committee

Agronomy courses

  • AGECO 497A (HORT) Principles and Practices of Organic Agriculture (spring, even)
  • AGRO 597D World Agroecosystems (fall, odd)
  • AGRO 410W Crop Science (spring)
  • AGRO 510 Ecology of Agricultural Systems (spring)
  • AGRO 518 Response of Plants to Environmental Stress (fall, odd)

Biology courses

  • BIOL 406 Symbiosis (spring)
  • BIOL 412 Ecology Of Infectious Diseases
  • BIOL 414 Taxonomy Of Seed Plants
  • BIOL 415 Ecotoxicology
  • BIOL 427 (GEOSC) Evolution
  • BIOL 428 Population Genetics
  • BIOL 429 Animal Behavior
  • BIOL 436 Population Ecology And Global Climate Change
  • BIOL 446 Physiological Ecology (spring)
  • BIOL 450w Experimental Field Biology
  • BIOL 463 General Ecology
  • BIOL 464 (ANTH) Sociobiology
  • BIOL 482 Coastal Biology
  • BIOL 499a (IL) Tropical Field Ecology
  • BIOL 505 Statistical Methods In Evolutionary Genetics
  • BIOL 519 Ecological And Environmental Problem Solving
  • BIOL 542 (ENT, W F S) Systematics
  • BIOL 545 Ecosystem Dynamics
  • BIOL 593 (ANTH;ENT) Tropical Field Studies (Organization For Tropical Studies)

Entomology courses

  • ENT 425 Freshwater Entomology
  • ENT 497B Insect Biodiversity and Evolution
  • ENT 518 Insect Natural History and Field Ecology (fall course taught at end of summer)
  • ENT 597B Concepts and Techniques in Molecular Ecology (spring)
  • ENT 597D Insect Chemical Ecology

Environmental Resource Management

  • E R M 413w Case Studies In Ecosystem Management
  • E R M 450 Wetland Conservation (fall)

Forestry courses

  • FOR 409 Tree Physiology (spring, odd)
  • FOR 421 Silviculture: Applied Forest Ecology (fall)
  • FOR 430 (W F S) Conservation Biology (fall)
  • FOR 455 Remote Sensing And Spatial Data Handling (fall)
  • FOR 466w Forest Resource Management (spring)
  • FOR 508 Forest Ecology (spring, even)
  • FOR 521 Advanced Silviculture: Managing Forest Ecosystems (spring)

Geography courses

  • GEOG 501C Research Perspectives in Human-Environment Geography
  • GEOG 509 Population Geography Seminar
  • GEOG 510 Tropical Forest Dynamics (spring)

Geoscience courses

  • GEOSC 542 Quantitative Methods in Hydrogeology

Horticulture courses

  • HORT 402W Plant Nutrition (spring)
  • HORT 445: Plant Ecology (fall)
  • HORT 514: Modern Techniques and Concepts in Plant Ecophysiology (spring)
  • HORT 517: Ecology of Plant Roots (fall, odd)

Meteorology courses

  • METEO 563 Bioclimatology

Plant Biology courses

  • PLBIO 512 Plant Resource Acquisition And Utilization
  • PLBIO 513 Integrative Plant Communication And Growth
  • PLBIO 514 (HORT) Modern Techniques And Concepts In Plant Ecophysiology
  • PLBIO 515 Modern Techniques And Concepts In Plant Cell Biology
  • PLBIO 516 Modern Techniques And Concepts In Plant Molecular Biology

Sociology courses

  • SOC 423 Social Demography
  • SOC 523 Internal and International Migration

Soils courses

  • SOILS 412w Soil Ecology (fall)
  • SOILS 415 Soil Mapping And Land Use (fall)
  • SOILS 416 Soil Genesis (fall, even years)
  • SOILS 512 Environmental Soil Microbiology (spring, odd years)
  • SOILS 516 Soil Genesis Field Component; after Spring Semester classes end; 1 week
  • SOILS 597c Soil Properties And Functions (fall)

Wildlife and Fisheries Science courses

  • WFS 407 Ornithology
  • WFS 408 Mammalogy
  • WFS 409 Mammalogy Laboratory
  • WFS 422 Ecology of Fishes (fall)
  • WFS 430 (FOR) Conservation Biology (fall)
  • WFS 446 Wildlife And Fisheries Population Dynamics
  • WFS 447 Wildlife Management
  • WFS 452 Ichthyology
  • WFS 453 Ichthyology Laboratory
  • WFS 460 Wildlife Behavior (fall)
  • WFS 463 Fishery Management
  • WFS 536 Freshwater Field Ecology
  • WFS 542 Systematics
  • WFS 552 Systematics and Evolution of Fishes
  • WFS 560 Population Estimation and Modeling