Graduate Courses

The Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation offers Master of Science (thesis and nonthesis option) and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in wildlife ecology and conservation.

Program emphases include wildlife biology, ecology, and management; landscape ecology and restoration; human dimensions; tropical and international conservation; and conservation education.

Graduate students should have appropriate undergraduate training in the biological, social, and physical sciences including physics, chemistry, and mathematics. Students with inadequate backgrounds may be required to take (without credit at the graduate level) remedial undergraduate courses pertinent to their fields of interest.

WIS 5496: Research Design in Wildlife Ecology (3)
Prereq: STA 3023 or equivalent; upper-division course in ecology.

Scientific philosophy and logic of modern ecological approaches, and practical research design as applied to wildlife field ecology.

Offered fall term only.

WIS 5521: Plant-Animal Interactions (3)
Prereq: PCB 4674 and one of the following courses: PCB 4044C or WIS 3401 or PCB 3601C.

Major types of plant-animal interactions and the conceptual and empirical approaches used to study them.

Offered even-numbered years.

WIS 5555C: Conservation Biology (3)
Prereq: basic courses in ecology, genetics.

Application of biological and resource management theory to the problem of the conservation of natural communities.

Offered fall term only.

Prereq: WIS 4443, SOS 4242, EES 6308C, or consent of instructor.

Examination of geology, hydrology, chemistry, flora, fauna, and ecology of major wetland systems in North America.

WIS 6455: Wildlife Population Ecology(3)

Rigorous background in population analysis covering population growth and regulation, species interactions, life-history theory, and population viability analysis.

Offered spring term only.

Prereq: one course in calculus or liner algebra; one course in basic or popular ecology.

Theory and applications of life tables, age, and stage-structured matrix population models. Sensitivity analysis and analysis of life table response experiments. Unstructured population models.

Offered spring term of even-numbered years only.

WIS 6468C: Pattern and Process in Landscape Ecology(3)

Exploration of applied and quantitative methods to explore links between landscape patterns and processes.

Offered fall term only.

WIS 6525: Environmental Interpretation (3)

Theory and practice of environmental interpretation for natural resource management. Design, implementation, and evaluation of programming about environment for variety of audiences and settings.

Offered fall term of even-numbered years only.

WIS 6543: Wildlife and Agriculture (3)
Prereq: WIS 3401 Wildlife Ecology and Management or equivalent.

Wildlife ecology and management in agricultural lands. Effects of agriculture on wildlife. Policies affecting wildlife in agricultural systems. Methods of integrating wildlife and agriculture.

Offered spring term in odd-numbered years.

WIS 6544: Administration in Natural Resources(3)

Natural resource agency administration primer in budgets, personnel management, program development, leadership, and strategic planning.

Offered spring term only.

WIS 6578: Human Dimensions of Biological Conservation (3)

Interdisciplinary overview of theory and practice of conservation education, communication, and integrated resource management using local and international models.

Offered fall term of odd-numbered years only.

WIS 6905: Research Problems in Wildlife and Range Sciences (1-6; max: 10)
Prereq: consent of instructor.

Offered every term.

WIS 6910: Supervised Research (1-5; max: 5)
Prereq: consent of instructor.


Offered every term.

WIS 6933: Seminar (1)


Offered every fall and spring term.

WIS 6934: Topics in Wildlife and Range Sciences (1-4; max: 10)
Prereq: WIS 6452, 5555C, or consent of instructor.

Advanced concepts and practices in wildlife management and conservation.

Offered every term, but topics will vary. Recently-taught (2016-2017) special topics include:
WIS 6934 Global Change Biology (3) (offered spring term only)
WIS 6934 Wildlife Habitat Management (3) (offered spring term only)
WIS 6934 Analysis/Management of Wildlife Population ((3) offered over spring break week)
WIS 6934 Invasion Ecology of Amphibians and Reptiles (3) (offered even fall term)
WIS 6934 Conservation of Amphibians and Reptiles (3) (offered odd fall term)
WIS 6934 Biodiversity/Patterns (3) (offered fall term only)
WIS 6934 Ecological Dynamics and Forecasting (2) (offered fall term only)
WIS 6934 Data Carpentry/Biologists (3) (offered fall term only)
WIS 6934 Wetlands Management and Research (3) (offered fall term only)
WIS 6934 Conservation Planning (3) (offered fall term only)
WIS 6934 Quantitative Wildlife Ecology (3) (offered fall term only
WIS 6934 Tropical Wildlife Ecology (3) (offered even fall term)
WIS 6934 Multivariate Statistics for the Life Sciences (3) (offered fall term only)
WIS 6934 Data Management/Movement Ecology (2) (offered summer term only)

WIS 6940: Supervised Teaching (1-5; max: 5)
Prereq: consent of instructor.


Offered every term.

WIS 6971: Research for Master's Thesis (1-15)


Offered every term.

WIS 7979: Advanced Research (1-12)

Research for doctoral students before admission to candidacy. Designed for students with a master's degree in the field of study or for students who have been accepted for a doctoral program. Not appropriate for students who have been admitted to candidacy. S/U.

Offered every term.

WIS 7980: Research for Doctoral Dissertation (1-15)


Offered every term.

This 5-week, experiential program introduces students to New Zealandís unique flora and fauna and local/national efforts to conserve and restore biodiversity. Note: tuition is off-book.

Offered Summer B term only.

Course Titles and Credits:
WIS 6905 Biodiversity Conservation and Management (3 credits)
WIS 6905 New Zealand Flora and Fauna (3 credits)

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity for hands-on learning in one of the most diverse and complex ecosystems on the planet. Students will learn field survival skills, wildlife and plant identification, wildlife research techniques, African wildlife ecology, and the linkages between conservation and social issues. Students will engage in many of Southern Africa's most pressing conservation issues, participate in community development projects, and gain an understanding and appreciation for the history and cultures of Southern Africa. Note: tuition is off-book.

Offered Summer A term only.

Course Titles and Credits:
WIS 6905 Conservation, Culture and Management (3 credits)
WIS 6905 African Savannah Wildlife Ecology (3 credits)