Four options for specialization are offered in the Ecology program, for both the M.S. and the Ph.D. Students are not required to select an option. Each option entails extra course requirements plus a thesis directed by an ecology faculty member in the option. When courses that fulfill option requirements appear on the list of approved subdiscipline courses, these courses may also be counted towards the subdiscipline graduate courses required for the Ecology major.
Current options are:
The student's adviser or the student must inform the program chair via the graduate academic course plan (available through the Huck Institutes' Graduate Education Office) about the student's intent to declare an option. The adviser must confirm to the program chair in writing when the course requirements for an option are met. Prior to the 12th week of the student's semester of graduation, the program chair must notify the Graduate School that option requirements have been met.
Dual-Title Ph.D. Degree Program in Biogeochemistry
Ecology students who also have an interest in biogeochemistry may wish to consider the Dual-Title Ph.D. Degree Program in Biogeochemistry. Ecology students in this program would graduate with a Ph.D. in ecology and biogeochemistry.
Dual-Title Degree Program in International Agriculture and Development (INTAD)
Ecology students who also have an interest in international agriculture and development may wish to consider the Dual-Title Ph.D. or Dual-Title M.S. Degree Program in International Agriculture and Development (INTAD). Ecology students in this program would graduate with a Ph.D. or M.S. in ecology and INTAD.