Courses

Course List

  • Appropriate 400-level courses (as approved by the Graduate Program Coordinator)
  • BIO 530 - Aquatic Ecosystems & Processes
  • BIO 535 - Aquatic Microbial Ecology
  • BIO 550 - Advanced Population Ecology
  • BIO 570 - Landscape Ecology Theory and Application
  • BIO 573 - Plants of the Great Lakes Area
  • BIO 580 - Special Topics in Biology
  • BIO 585 - Molecular Ecology
  • BIO 586 - Advanced Restoration Ecology
  • BIO 610 - Scientific Methodology
  • BIO 651 - Emerging Issues in Water Resources
  • BIO 680 - Special Topics in Biology
  • BIO 691 - Graduate Internship
  • BIO 693 - Graduate Project
  • BIO 695 - Thesis Research
  • BIO 698 - Perspectives in Biology
  • BIO 699 - Independent Study

 

Suggested 4-Semester Curriculum Plan

 

First Year
Fall Winter

Bio 610 (3 cr)

Courses (6-9 cr)

Courses (9-12 cr)

Qualifying Exam

 

Second Year
Fall Winter

Course (3 cr)

Choose one

  • Full-time internship
  • Thesis (3-6 cr)
  • Project (3-6 cr)

BIO 655

Courses (6 cr)

Complete POFE (written or oral)

 

Emphasis

 

Aquatic Sciences Emphasis

The Master of Science in Biology also includes an optional Aquatic Sciences emphasis.  

Candidates choosing this optional emphasis must meet the same degree requirements as other MS students, but will focus their course work, thesis, project, or internship activities in an area related to the physiochemical properties, biology, or ecology of aquatic ecosystems.  

Students in this emphasis will:

  • Develop interdisciplinary studies involving CLAS faculty as well as other collaborating agencies in the Great Lakes basin
  • Have opportunities to conduct research and take classes and may work directly with faculty of the Annis Water Resources Institute located in Muskegon (this opportunity is available to other students as well), as well as at the Allendale Campus of Grand Valley State University

 

Natural Resources Emphasis

Students choosing this optional emphasis have the same admissions criteria and degree requirements as other M.S. students, but will focus their course work, thesis, project, or internship activities in an area related to the management, conservation, or protection of atmospheric, aquatic, or terrestrial resources.

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