Quantitative Ecology

Requirements for Ecology students who wish to pursue the option in quantitative ecology


The Quantitative Ecology option includes mathematical and statistical modeling and applications of statistics to experimental design and data analysis.

Penn State has a tradition of producing leaders in the field of quantitative ecology. In order to centralize and formalize the student's education in this area, the Quantitative Ecology Option for the MS or PhD in Ecology has been instituted. Graduation with this option will document the student's preparation and competence to contribute to this increasingly important area of science.

Requirements for the MS or PhD in Ecology with Quantitative Ecology Option

Students working toward the Quantitative Ecology Option will select two required courses from the following list:

BIOL 465 Network Analysis of Biological Systems (3)
BIOL 519 Ecological and Environmental Problem Solving (4)
WFS 560 Population Estimation and Modeling (4)
WFS 585 Applied Spatial Ecology (3)

In addition, two courses (at least 6 credits) are required from this list of Quantitative Ecology courses:

BIOL/STAT 555 Statistical Analysis of Genomics Data (3)
FOR 455 Remote Sensing and Spatial Data Handling (3)
GEOG 464 Advanced Spatial Analysis (3)
GEOG 465 Advanced Geographic Information Systems Modeling (3)
GEOSC 450 Risk Analysis in the Earth Sciences (3)
MATH 450 Mathematical Modeling (3)
STAT 416 Stochastic Modeling (3)
STAT 464 - Applied Nonparametric Statistics (3)
STAT 505 Applied Multivariate Statistical Analyses (3)
STAT 508 Applied Data Mining and Statistical Learning (3)
STAT 510 Applied Time Series Analysis (3)
STAT 511 Regression Analysis and Modeling (3)
STAT 512 Design and Analysis of Experiments (3)
STAT 513 Theory of Statistics I (3)
STAT 514 Theory of Statistics II (3)
STAT 515 Stochastic Processes and Monte Carlo Methods (3)
STAT 517 Probability Theory (3)
STAT 551 Linear Models I (3)
STAT 565 Multivariate Analysis (3)