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Huge congratulations to Dr Connie Allen for winning the Journal, Animals  2022 Best PhD Thesis Award. Her thesis “Importance of older males: influence of age structure on social dynamics between males in an elephant bull area” was conducted at the University of Exeter, based on 3 years field work with us in the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

We are of course incredibly proud of her achievement and for the great work she has done on male elephants, increasing our knowledge of their social needs.

https://www.mdpi.com/journal/animals/awards/1886

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Instructions for the Dissertation in the Doctor of Philosophy Degree program

The dissertation shall be written in a form acceptable to the Graduate School and the Graduate Program in Animal Science. The thesis will be in a technical and grammatical form that is acceptable to the student's committee.

The committee may require the candidate to employ the services of a technical editor (at the candidate's expense) to aid the candidate to bring the paper into conformity. The thesis shall present data, results, and conclusions forthcoming from a research problem selected in consultation with the candidate's committee.

Upon completion of the dissertation, the candidate shall defend the thesis in a final oral examination conducted by the Doctoral Committee, and must be approved by the committee if a degree is to be awarded. The dissertation shall be in a final and polished form prior to the oral examination. After passing the exam, the doctoral candidate will present a public seminar on the research. The seminar is a part of the final evaluation of the candidate.

The thesis notation and reference procedures, where not otherwise specified by the Graduate School, shall be in the form and style of a recognized scientific journal. One acceptable copy of the dissertation shall be submitted electronically to the Graduate School as required .

Sufficient hard-bound copies shall be prepared to provide one copy each to the program, the adviser, and the co-adviser (if applicable). Good quality electrostatic reproductions are acceptable. These copies shall be produced at the candidate's expense. If an additional copy is required for a granting agency, the appropriate department will pay.

The candidate shall prepare one or more manuscripts based on his/her thesis research in a form suitable for publication in an appropriate refereed scientific journal. The manuscript(s) shall be prepared and submitted according to guidelines established by the Graduate Program in Animal Science.

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This community contains the theses and dissertations of the South Dakota State University, Department of Animal Science. The Department of Animal Science offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Animal Science, or the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biological Sciences. Due to copyright restrictions, the collection contains both open access and university access theses and dissertations. University access items are only available to SDSU users, and on-campus visitors. Non-SDSU users wishing to access restricted materials may request items through their institution’s interlibrary loan services.

Theses/Dissertations from 2024 2024

Longevity in Afrikaner Cattle: A Survival Analysis , Allison M. Bot Steffl

Valuation of Soybean Meal Versus Distillers Co-Products as a Protein Supplement for Finishing Beef Cattle: Effects on Growth Performance, Carcass Characteristics, and Efficiency Of Dietary Net Energy Utilization , Cassidy R. Ross

Influence of Reduced Salt in Fully Cooked Ham and Sausage Cured with Natural Celery Powder on the Growth of Listeria Monocytogenes At 4⁰C , Anne Sherod

Evaluation of Dietary Fiber Technologies in Sow Diets , Garrin Shipman

Theses/Dissertations from 2023 2023

Regional Assessment of Live Cattle and Carcass Characteristics in the Northern Plains , Harlee A. Brauckmuller

Evaluating Precision Supplementation Technology and Mathematical Nutrition Models for the Development of Heifers Grazing Dormant Rangeland in Western South Dakota , Anna Katherine Dagel

Characterizing Vaginal Gene Expression in Prepubertal Gilts , Shannon Lee Dierking

Feeding Strategies to Improve Gastrointestinal Health and Growth Performance of Confinement Fed Ruminants , Forest Laine Francis

Strategies to Optimize Confinement Fed Beef Cattle in the Northern Plains , Erin R. Gubbels

Evaluation of Precision Ingredient Inclusion on Production Efficiency Responses in Finishing Beef Cattle , Santana R. Hanson

Diet and Management Strategies to Mitigate Decreased Feed Intake Associated with Terminal Implant Administration in Finishing Beef Steers , Alexandria M. Kelly

Evaluation Of Yeast Postbiotic in Sow Diets on Sow and Offspring Performance and Microbial Succession , Joel Kieser

The Effects of Body Weight, Feed Intake, and Weather on Total and Liquid Water Intake in Growing Beef Cattle , Madison Rae Kovarna

Evaluation of Feed Additives and Delivery Method for Receiving and Finishing Cattle , Thiago Lauro Maia Ribeiro

Addressing Soil Carbon Sequestration Response from Multispecies Dairy Forage Systems and Modeling Rangeland Beef Cow Dry Matter Intake Using Precision Enteric Emissions Measurements , Lillian J. McFadden

Effect Of Lighter (273 Kg) and Heavier (356 Kg) Initial Weight on Growth Performance of Single-Source, Pre-Conditioned Beef Steers Fed A Single Growing-Finishing Diet , Thomas C. Norman

The Impact of Increasing Dietary Levels of Hybrid Rye on Growing-Finishing Pig Performance, Carcass Characteristics, and Meat Quality , Caitlyn Sullivan

Impact of Virtual Fence Technology on Yearling Steer Behavior, Performance, and Energetic Expenditure , Logan Riley Vandermark

Identification of Genes Expressed in the Anterior Pituitary Associated With Water Restriction in Beef Cattle , Himali Chathurika Wickramasinghe Vithana Arachchilage

Theses/Dissertations from 2022 2022

Influence of Beef Carcass Weight on Carcass Chilling, Steak Case Life and Quality Traits , Trevor C. DeHaan

High Protein Yeast-Based DDGS as an Alternative to Commonly Used Protein Sources in Pig Diets , Yesid Ricardo Garavito Duarte

Optimization of Forage Use in Diets Fed to Backgrounding and Finishing Cattle in The Northern Great Plains , Thomas G. Hamilton

Identification and Characterization of Candidate Rumen Bacterial Species from Beef Cattle with the Potential for Metabolizing Lipids , Cheyenne E. Hron

Determining the Impact of Corn Source on Nutrient Availability and Pig Performance, and Improving Boar Performance During Heat Stress , Jordan Jansen

Trace Mineral Source and Inclusion Level on Wean-to-Finish Pig Production , Marissa LaRosae

Application of Pork Checkoff We Care Sustainability Principles To Pork Production: Water, Nutrition, and Biosecurity , Hannah Miller

Effect of Finishing System and Animal Age on Carcass Traits and Nutritional Profile of Bison Bulls , Clay Newton

Defining Amino Acid Requirements of Pregnant Sows: Challenges and Opportunities , Christian D. Ramirez-Camba

Evaluating the Effects of Medium Chain Fatty Acids on Sow Reproductive Characteristics, Offspring Biological Health Markers, and Growth Performance , Analicia J. Swanson

ETDS from 2021 2021

The Interactions of Change in Nutrition Prior to and After Artificial Insemination on Plasma Metabolites, Steroid Hormones, and Uterine Histotroph in Beef Heifers , Taylor N. Andrews

Corn Grain Alternatives and Coated Versus Non-Coated Trenbolone Acetate and Estradiol Impants for Feedlot Finishing Animals: Influence on Growth Performance, Carcass Characteristics, Efficiency of Dietary Net Energy Utilization, Beef Production per Hectare and Digestiblilty , Elizabeth Buckhaus

Evaluating Impacts of Tryptophan and Branched Chain Amino Acids in Swine Diets Containing Corn Based Dried Distillers Grains on the Growth Performance and Carcass Characteristics of Grow-Finish Pigs , David Alan Clizer

The Influence of Carcass Weight on Beef Primal Temperature, Tenderness, and Palatability , Samantha Egolf

Cortisol in Hair as a Measure of Chronic Stress during Sow Gestation and the Pattern of Cortisol in Blood during Parturition in Sows , Talia Everding

Investigating the Development of Fecal Bacterial Communities in Growing Dairy Calves , Emily Fowler

Characterization of the Rumen Bacterial Communities of Bison Heifers Fed a Grass-Based Diet vs a Grain-Based Free-Choice Diet , Anlly Miley Fresno Rueda

Influence of Preharvest Management Strategies in Beef Cattle on Growth Performance, Carcass Characteristics, and Meat Quality , Erin Gubbels

Impact of Carcass Chilling System on Carcass Characteristics and Biochemical Changes in Beef Carcasses , Lydia Margaret Hite

Changes in Pregnancy - Associated Glycoproteins Associated with Fetal Age, Postpartum Interval and Evaluation of a Chute-side Lateral Flow Assay , Adalaide C. Kline

The Effects of Weather, Body Weight, and Feed Intake on Total and Liquid Water Intake in Beef Cattle , Zachary McDaniel

Search for New Fertility Markers in Bull Sperm , Saulo Menegatti Zoca

Management and Dietary Strategies to Mitigate Environmental Stressors in Northern Plains Cattle Feeding Systems , Warren Carl Rusche

ETDS from 2020 2020

Impact of Postweaning Management Strategies on Beef Carcass Characteristics and Meat Quality , Christina Elaine Bakker

Identification and Genomic Characterization of Candidate Starch and Lactate Utilizing Bacteria from the Rumen of Beef Cattle , Venkata Bandarupalli

Impact of Altering Lys : Energy Ratio During Gestation on Sow Productivity, Piglet Robustness, and Piglet Post-wean Growth Performance , Tiffany C. Bruhn

Feeding Increasing Levels of Reduced-Oil Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles from Two Ethanol Fermentation Methods Impacts Finishing Pig Growth Performance and Belly Quality , Austin Egolf

Global Gene Expression and DNA Methylation of the Hypothalamus in Feeder Calves Fed a High Concentrate Diet upon Entering Feedlot Phase , Jason E. Griffin

Evaluating the Effects of Yeast Cell Wall Component, Phytochemical Oil, and Vitamin E on Sow Antioxidant Status and Growth Performance of Dam and Offspring , Lily P. Hernandez

Characterization of Bison Finishing and Harvest Systems: Effects on Carcass and Meat Quality Characteristics , Jessica Janssen

Optimization of Conditions for Heat Pretreatment and Enzymatic Predigestion of DDGS for Pigs , Kevin Jerez-Bogota

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MSc & PhD in Animal Biosciences (Thesis/Research)

Discover new knowledge and advance animal science..

The MSc and PhD in Animal Biosciences are offered through our Department of Animal Biosciences , a research-intensive department focused on Animal Breeding and Genetics, Animal Nutrition and Metabolism, Animal Physiology, and Animal Behaviour and Welfare. Graduate students can also conduct research as part of three collaborative programs with other departments:  Bioinformatics ,  Neuroscience , and  Toxicology .  

Regardless of your specialization, you will learn through “hands on” experiential research opportunities with your faculty advisor and focus on your species of interest: dairy and beef cattle, laying hens, dogs and cats, zoo animals, horses, or laboratory animals, such as mice and rats.

  Publish research

Students in the MSc and PhD Animal Bioscience programs publish on average one paper per year and present at conferences at least once annually.

  World-class faculty

Tap into the knowledge and expertise of the 25+ faculty in the Department of Animal Biosciences and their associated colleagues in government and industry.

  Expand your network

Join a thriving community of over 130 graduate students from 20+ countries who share similar interests and career goals.

  90% employment rate

Within 6 months of graduating, over 90% of animal bioscience graduate students go on to future training or careers related to their graduate research.

  Access unique facilities

Learn in high-quality research and lab facilities focused on genomics, nutrient analyses, physiology, welfare, meats and microbiology.

  Niche research centres

Gain knowledge and connections from the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare , Centre for Genetic Improvement of Livestock , Aquaculture Centre and Centre for Nutrition Modelling.

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Both programs are offered in-person at the Guelph campus. The MSc typically takes two (2) years, while the PhD takes three to four (3-4) years to complete.

  • Scientific Communication, Knowledge Dissemination and Professional Development (required) 
  • Modelling Metabolic Processes 
  • Quantitative Genetics and Animal Models 
  • Advanced Animal Nutrition and Metabolism 
  • Assessing Animal Welfare in Practice 
  • Topics in Animal Biotechnology  
  • Topics in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics 

This is just a sample of the course options.  View all Animal Biosciences graduate courses here.

  • Geneticist  
  • Research associate  
  • Scientific director 
  • Data scientist  
  • Consultant 
  • Nutritionist  

Graduates from the Department of Animal Biosciences have careers in diverse fields. We recently conducted a career destination survey of 467 master’s graduates and 161 PhD graduates of the department. View the results here: View the results here:

  • Master’s Destinations: Animal Biosciences Fact Sheet (PDF)
  • Doctoral Destinations: Animal Biosciences Fact Sheet (PDF)
  • MSc students receive a minimum stipend of $20,270 per year*
  • PhD students receive a minimum stipend of $ 24,230 per year*

* Minor scholarships ($5,000 or under a year) and TA-ships are not counted as part of this stipend; Further details are available on the Department of Animal Biosciences Stiped Policy webpage. Many animal biosciences graduate students also compete successfully for  University of Guelph scholarships and awards . 

More details on funding your graduate studies are available on the Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies website .

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More information on courses and admission requirements can be found here.

Meet Your Profs

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We try to understand the biological problem at the cellular level and translate that information to the development of practical applications that could be adopted by the food animal industry in general. It's the combination of a basic science and applied research.

Dr. Eduardo Ribeiro , Faculty Professor, Department of Animal Biosciences Hear more from Dr. Ribeiro

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It's the data that makes me excited, but what makes me even more excited is when my graduate students come from trying to understand how to put that in the context of our global understanding about dog and cat nutrition and I see them move into a state of excitement over the data.

Dr. Kate Shoveller , Faculty Professor, Department of Animal Biosciences Hear more from Dr. Shoveller

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There is a lot of demand in people with advanced degrees in poultry nutrition. The industry is growing, as you know most people are consuming poultry and poultry will be the most consumed meat in the future. So we really need the scientists to be able to drive that growth in poultry.

Dr. Elijah Kiarie , Faculty Professor, Department of Animal Biosciences Hear more from Dr. Kiarie

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The most exciting aspect in my work is to integrate all these new genomic technologies that we have available in order to identify the killer later genes or their functional mutations associated to our economical important traits such as feed efficiency or meat and carcass traits or fertility and reproduction in beef cattle.

Dr. Angela Canovas , Faculty Professor, Department of Animal Biosciences Hear more from Dr. Canovas

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One thing I really love about studying cattle is you get to see animals in their environment and then we can take samples and take measurements on these animals and bring it back to the lab and you start to see differences on the tissue and cell level and even down to the gene level.

Dr. Katie Wood , Faculty Professor, Department of Animal Biosciences Hear more from Dr. Wood

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What we're really focused on is looking at factors that influence that behaviour and then the management factors that are going to influence the expression of that behaviour so we can make very applied recommendations to producers to optimize the health and production of their cows.

Dr. Trevor DeVries , Faculty Professor, Department of Animal Biosciences Hear more from Dr. DeVries

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My research program seeks to understand the underlying physiology of diseases common in horses, and how these diseases can be modified with targeted nutrition, with a focus on cartilage biology.

Dr. Wendy Pearson , Faculty Professor, Department of Animal Biosciences Hear more from Dr. Pearson

How to Apply

As part of the application requirements, you are required to secure a faculty advisor to supervise your program. Our faculty profiles  on the Department of Animal Biosciences website describe research programs in more detail. Contact the faculty member you are interested in working with to discuss potential research opportunities. We recommend connecting via email. 

Admission Requirements - MSc

  • An honours baccalaureate, with a minimum average grade of `B' during the last 2 years of full-time equivalent study. For Canadian degrees, we interpret this as the last 20 semester courses, however we do not split a semester and we will not consider any fewer than 16 courses. 

Admissions Requirements - PhD

In general, a minimum average grade of `B' for a completed MSc program plus strong letters of reference are required. Students wishing to be considered for transfer to a PhD program prior to completion of the MSc program must request the transfer before the end of the fourth semester and have an excellent academic record as well as a strong aptitude for research. 

Direct admission to the PhD program may be permitted for applicants who hold a bachelor's degree and have an excellent academic history and strong indications of research potential. 

Application Deadlines

There are no deadlines as applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

We recommend that you apply online at least 3 months before the  start of semester  if you're a Canadian student. If you're an international student, you'll need to allow time for visa approval as well, please apply at least 6 months before the start of semester.

More details on the U of G graduate program application process here.

Helpful Tips for Your Application

  • Not sure what your “admission average” is? Here’s more details on how to calculate it: Calculating Your Admission Average | Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies
  • International applicants: please  use this guide  to compare your academic credentials and determine the grade equivalency needed. Additional information available on the  International Applicants  page.
  • If your first language is not English, you will be required to submit the results of a standardized language test. Please refer to the Office of Graduate Studies website for the required English Language Proficiency acceptable tests and required scores.
  • More resources for international applicants are available on the U of G Graduate & Postdoctoral website.

Additional Options

You may also be interested in MSc in Animal Biosciences (Course-based).

For questions on applying and admissions, contact: 

Jake Harwood Department of Animal Biosciences  [email protected]   519-824-4120, Ext. 56215

For questions on graduate program options, contact:

Leigh West Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) [email protected] 519-824-4120 Ext. 52101  

Hear from Animal Biosciences Graduate Students

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I think a master’s is a great way to grow and learn so much more than what is being taught in undergrad. While you will acquire theoretical knowledge on your research topic, you will also acquire a lot of practical skills. Regarding doing a PhD, my opinion is slightly different – I think that only people that have a real interest in research should go for it.

Claire Mindus , Graduate Student PhD in Animal Biosciences Hear more from Claire

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The idea of finding novel information on a new species that has the potential to increase the aquaculture industry in Ontario and other parts of Canada was very thrilling to me. Especially after learning about the declines in wild populations and the significance of the whitefish to both commercial and Indigenous fisheries.

Rebecca Lawson , Graduate Student Animal Biosciences Hear more from Rebecca

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Graduate school has been such a wonderful experience. I have so much more freedom and am able to cater my studies to learn more about the subjects that I am interested in. Classes are much more specific to your program and consist of mostly assignments, presentations and literature reviews. 

Amber Zupan , Graduate Student MSc in Animal Biosciences Hear more from Amber

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I have the opportunity to work directly with industry professionals and leaders in genomic research. This access to outstanding resources has allowed me to acquire skills in new technologies and methodologies that are being implemented in the field of Animal Breeding and Genetics. In this highly competitive global marketplace, I know a Ph.D. from the University of Guelph will give me a competitive advantage.

Kristen Alves PhD in Animal Biosciences

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Artificial Insemination and Fetal Programming in Beef Production Systems , Dempster Christenson

Feeding Dried Distillers Grains with Solubles to Lactating Dairy Cattle: Whole Animal Energy Utilization and Manure Biogas Production , Grant Michael Fincham

Adding Parasite Resistance to a Hair sheep breeding Objective , Bob Forbes

Utilization of the NU track System to Objectively Evaluate Changes in Active and Passive Behaviors of Group-Housed Nursery Pigs Exposed to an Endotoxin Challenge , Aaron Holliday

Forages and Technology Management in Growing and Finishing Beef Cattle Systems , Kelton Adair

Predicting Body Weight of Cattle and Nutrient Digestion of Individual Sweet Bran Components to Improve Beef Cattle Production Efficiency , Dalton J. Anderson

Factors Affecting Forage Quality and the Subsequent Response in Production and Energy Metabolism in Lactating Jersey Cows , Kassidy Kate Buse

Supplemental Table 1. Influence of the count of positive days on DMI, milk yield, milk fat, milk protein, and pregnancy rate , Addison Carroll and Paul J. Kononoff

The Evaluation of Feed Additives on Reducing Enteric Methane Production from Cattle , Reba L. Colin

Methods to Reduce Nitrogen and Carbon Losses from Finishing Beef Cattle , Hanna Cronk

Tame the Flame: Inflammation Is a Targetable Physiological Mechanism Underlying Poor Outcomes of Heat Stress in Finishing Sheep , Pablo C. Grijalva

Dry-Aged Beef Flavor Development, and the Effect of High Levels of Vitamin-E on Beef Color Stability , Nicolas Herrera

Mid-Gestation Maternofetal Inflammation Impacts Growth, Skeletal Muscle Glucose Metabolism, and Inflammatory Tone in the Ovine Fetus During Late Gestation , Zena Hicks

The Evaluation of Encapsulated Megasphaera elsdenii in an Accelerated Beef Step-Up Program and an Acidosis Challenge Model and the Evaluation of RAMP Versus a Traditional Forage Grain Adaptation Strategy on Methane and Respired Carbon Dioxide , Cindy D. Mansfield

The Impact of Silage Inclusion in Diets with Different Corn Processing and the Effect of Natural and Conventional Feeding Programs on Finishing Cattle Performance , Jessica L. Miller

Identification and Assessment of Lameness in Sows Through the Utilization of NUtrack AND GAITFour Systems , Lexi M. Ostrand

Students' Attitudes Towards Animals Influences Youth Development Constructs Based on Interactions with Different Animal Species Prior to College , Allison K. Pachunka

Winter Hardy Small Cereals for Grazing or Silage in Eastern Nebraska , Abigail Sartin

Consequences of cow-calf production with limited perennial forage grazing , Hannah Speer

Impact of Distillers Removal and Impact of Lowering Inclusions of Distillers Grains Plus Solubles and Different Roughage Quality on Finishing Cattle Performance , Sofia Suarez Lorences

Effect of Supplementation Prior to Artificial Insemination and During Gestation in Beef Females , Landon Tadich

Investigation of Breeding Objectives and Indexes-in-Retrospect , Hunter F. Valasek

Examination of the Prevalence and Behaviors of Pathogenic and Spoilage Bacteria at Multiple Stages in the Meat Processing Chain , Samuel C. Watson

Feed Value and Utilization of Corn Residue: Implications for Cow Performance and Grazing Strategies , Kaylee E. Wheeler

Early-Life Supplementation of Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids Improved Growth and Skeletal Muscle Glucose Metabolism in the Heat Stress-Induced IUGR Neonatal Lamb , Melanie Ryann White

ENVIRONMENTAL DETERMINATION OF GASTROINTESTINAL PARASITISM IN KATAHDIN SHEEP , Brian Arisman

Annotating Gene Expression and Regulatory Elements in Tissues from Healthy Thoroughbred Horses and Identifying Candidate Mutations Associated with Perosomus Elumbis in an Angus Calf , Alexa Barber

Impact of Increasing Level of Milk Production on Cow and Calf Behavior and Performance in the Nebraska Sandhills , Selby Boerman

Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Aberrant Circulating Steroid Hormones In GnRHR-II Knockdown Boars and Their Control Littermates , Dorothy Elsken

The Invisible Meat Microcosmos - Investigations of Processed Meats' Specific Spoilage Organisms , REBECCA FURBECK

Students' Perceptions of Online Equine Courses and Their Impacts on Learning Outcomes , Blaire (Gibbens) Speck

Impacts of Feeding Biochar to Beef Cattle on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Performance and Characterizing Yearling Steers Grazing Smooth Bromegrass Pasture Using GPS , Holly Heil

The Nebraska 4-H Equine Advancement Level Program’s Role in Positive Youth Development Using the Five Cs Model: An Exploratory Study , Eunhye McCarthy

Identifying Early-Life Behavior to Predict Mothering Ability in Swine Utilizing NUtrack System , Savannah Millburn

Targeting Inflammation in Heat-Stressed Wethers Improves Growth and Efficiency and Alters Body Composition; A Brief Exploration and Application of Extension Principles , Micah Most

Evaluation of the Feeding Value of Proso Millet in Growing-Finishing Diets for Pigs and Effects of Feed Ingredients and Medium-Chain Fatty Acids on Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) Survivability , Khang Nguyen

Variance Component Estimates for Growth Traits in Beef Cattle Using Selected Variants from Imputed Low-Pass Sequence Data , Chad A. Russell

Investigating Bacterial Community Composition and Antimicrobial Resistance Genes in Beef Cattle , Arena See

Evaluation of corn processing method and Sweet Bran inclusion on beef cattle performance and nutrient digestion and individual Sweet Bran components on nutrient digestion , Rebecca L. Sjostrand

The impact of plant cell wall lignin on energy utilization in lactating Jersey cows. , Jason Stypinski

The Impact of Steam-flaked Rye Replacing Steam-flaked Corn on Performance and Carcass Characteristics of Yearling Steers and The Effect of Exogenous Megasphaera elsdenii Administration Techniques on Ruminal Fermentation and Blood Parameters in an Acidosis Challenge Model , Samantha K. Wagner

Evaluation of Nutritional Factors Affecting Sow Reproductive Longevity , J'Nan E. Wittler

Using Strategic Supplementation to Enhance Cow/Calf Productivity in Summer Calving Herds in the Nebraska Sandhills , Nicole M. Woita

Host Genetics and Phenotype Associations Within the Bovine Rumen Microbiome , Waseem Abbas

Small Grain Cereal Cover Crops for Late Fall or Early Spring Grazing , Kallie Calus

Feeding a New Corn Milling Coproduct to Lactating Dairy Cattle; Examination of Whole Animal Energy and Nitrogen Balance , Addison Carroll

Evaluation of Grain Type and Processing Method on Steer Performance, Carcass Characteristics, and Nutrient Digestion , Caitlin Coulson

The Effects of Different Feed Supplements on Performance Parameters, Egg Measurements, and Eggshell Integrity in Older White Leghorn Laying Hens , Josephine Foley

Evaluation of Condensed Algal Residue Solubles as an Ingredient in Cattle Finishing Diets and Its Effects on Digestibility and Fatty Acid Flow and a Comparison of Single and Dual Implant Strategies in Finishing Heifers , John Gibbons

Evaluation of Cattle Management for Systems with Limited Perennial Pasture , Morgan Grabau

Management of Late Summer Planted Annual Forages for Grazing and the Impacts of Novel Sweet Bran Plus Products on Performance and Carcass Characteristics of Beef Finishing Steers , Devin Jakub

Changes in Whole Blood Parameters in Beef Heifers May Contribute to Delayed Pubertal Attainment , Jessica A. Keane

UNDERSTANDING RUMEN MICROBIAL COMMUNITY STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION TOWARDS DECREASING METHANE EMISSIONS , Allison L. Knoell

The Effects of Omega-3 PUFA Infusions During Late Gestation on Developmental Pathologies in the Intrauterine Growth Restricted Fetus , Taylor Lacey

Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Two Contrasting Beef Systems from Birth to Slaughter in Eastern Nebraska , Levi McPhillips

The Role of Fatty Acids in Ruminant Diets and Novel Feed Ingredients High in Omega– 3 Fatty Acids Fed in Feedlot Diets , Mitchell M. Norman

Utilizing Online Resources to Enhance Distribution of Competitive Animal Evaluation Knowledge and Benefits , Brooke L. Parrish

The Effect of Heat Stress and Beta-Adrenergic Agonists on Fatty Acid Mobilization and Their Individual and Interacting Impact on the Adipose Transcriptome of Ruminant Livestock , Rachel R. Reith

Variation in the Genome and Transcriptome Associated with Beef Cattle Production and Investigation of the Metabolic Consequences of Beta-adrenergic Agonist Supplementation , Renae L. Sieck

Low-Oxygen Dry Aging of Beef , Joseph Sonderman

Impact of Wood-Sourced Biochar on Carbon and Nitrogen Capture in Beef Feedlot Systems , Jessica L. Sperber

QUANTIFICATION AND REPEATED MEASUREMENTS OF CONFORMATION TRAITS IN REPLACEMENT FEMALES TO OPTIMIZE SOW LONGEVITY , Melanie D. Trenhaile Grannemann

ESTIMATION OF BREED EFFECTS AND GENETIC PARAMETERS FOR AGE AT SLAUGHTER AND DAYS TO FINISH IN A MULTIBREED BEEF CATTLE POPULATION , Lindsay Upperman

Enhancement of Dry-Aged Beef Quality by Dietary Supplementation of High Levels of Vitamin E , David Velazco

Advancing the Science of Dry-Aged Beef , Felipe Azevedo Ribeiro

Improving the Accuracy of Genomic Predictions: Investigation of Training Methods and Data Pooling , Johnna Baller

Evaluation of Maternal Diet and its Effect on Milk Composition and Piglet Health and Growth Performance , Shana Barnett

Investigating microbiomes and developing direct-fed microbials to improve cattle health , Alison Bartenslager

Comparison of comprehensive health score in North American housed giraffe and free-ranging giraffe from South Africa , Haley Beer

Impact of Diet and Quality Grade on Meat Quality Characteristics and Their Relationship to Oxidative Stress , Nicolas Bland

Characterization of protein and fat in dairy feeds and implications on digestibility and milk composition , Kassidy Buse

The Role of Postnatal Adrenergic Manipulation in the Mediation of Fetal Programming Adaptions in Growth and Skeletal Muscle Glucose Metabolism That Persist in the Juvenile IUGR-born Lamb , Rachel L. Gibbs

The Impact of Oxidative Stress on Postmortem Meat Quality , Nicolas J. Herrera

Influence of Strategic Supplementation and Genetic Potential for Milk Yield on Forage Digestibility, Amino Acid Utilization, and Livestock Production , Tasha M. King

Effects of NDF digestibility on Lactating Jersey Cows: Observed and Modeled Performance , Kirby Krogstad

Interaction of Urea with Frequency and Amount of Distillers Grains Supplementation for Growing Steers on a High Forage Diet , Haley F. Linder

ENERGY AND AMINO ACID METABOLISM IN LACTATING JERSEY COWS CONSUMING FEED BYPRODUCTS , Kyle McLain

Energy metabolism in Jersey cows: Improving our understanding of energy requirements and utilization , Dennis Morris

Evaluation of Protein Sources and Holstein Finishing Systems for Organic Beef Production and a Comparison of Single and Dual Implant Strategies in Finishing Heifers , Elizabeth Schumacher

Heat Stress-induced Deficits in Growth, Metabolic Efficiency, and Cardiovascular Function Coincided with Chronic Systemic Inflammation and Hypercatecholaminemia in Ractopamine-supplemented Feedlot Lambs; Atypical Cyclicity at Puberty in Beef Cows Is Associated with Early Deficits in Muscling, Metabolic Indicators, and Myoblast Function in Offspring but Does Not Impact Feedlot Performance , Rebecca M. Swanson

Translational Genomics For Improving Sow Fertility , Hiruni R. Wijesena

EVALUATION OF NOVEL ADDITIVES AND CORN SILAGE AS NATURAL ALTERNATIVES TO ANTIBIOTICS FOR THE PREVENTION OF RUMINAL ACIDOSIS AND LIVER ABSCESSES IN BEEF FINISHING CATTLE , Hannah C. Wilson

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100 Zoology Dissertation Topic

List of 100 zoology msc, phd dissertation topic ideas.

Earthly life is studied in biology and zoology. In the context of this field, invertebrates and vertebrates are researched, along with their morphology, the physiologic underpinnings of their lifestyles, geographic distribution, origin, categorization, function in the biosphere and in human existence, and techniques for intravital observation.

Therefore, regardless of the level of accreditation of the educational institution, zoology dissertations are crucial for students of many disciplines. The student learns to emphasise the key details in the subject of zoology, explain these details succinctly, and thoroughly research a particular issue while writing, reading, and memorising this work. Teachers or students themselves may select the themes for their dissertations.

It takes a lot of time and effort to thoroughly research the topics in the field of zoology. Numerous subjects and issues can be researched in biology and zoology. For your consideration, we've chosen the subjects that are both theoretically and practically intriguing. In the section below, we'll explain how to pick the ideal theme.

How Should You Choose the Best Zoology Dissertation Topic?

Since the topic must satisfy several requirements, choosing a topic for a zoology dissertation is always one of the most difficult phases for a student. Relevance, information correctness, absence of abstractness, accessibility of freshness, and elaboration are a few examples. Check your dissertation topic for all of the aforementioned if you have chosen an intriguing subject.

We suggest that you rephrase the topic for the best outcomes. By doing this, you may focus on a smaller region of the problem, which will make future work easier and save time. Let's use an illustration. It is far simpler to produce a strong student paper that touches on intractable basic scientific questions than it is to compose a solid dissertation on the subject of zoology with a specific item or problem in the title. Make writing your dissertation as easy as possible for yourself.

Additionally, you may ask our support gurus for assistance if you are unable to select a theme on your own. A professional will advise you on a topic that will be beneficial, timely, and in demand for you during your university studies or assist you in selecting the ideal topic.

Topics for Zoology Dissertations

  • Aristotle and his views on animals Classification of animals (Aristotle, Linnaeus, Lamarck, Cuvier).
  • Reconstruction of the invertebrate phylogeny. Modern methods.
  • Ctenophores are life forms.
  • Worms with cephalopod bodies.
  • Polychaete reproduction and growth
  • The importance of oligochaetes in improving soil fertility.
  • Leeches have therapeutic properties.
  • Torsion mechanism in gastropods.
  • A subkingdom is a contemporary notion. Protists of medicinal importance
  • The discovery of trichoplax and the origin of multicellular creatures. Its importance in comprehending the development of multicellular creatures.
  • Body symmetry in invertebrates.
  • Adaptation of mollusks with lamellar gills to the passive lifestyle of biofilters.
  • Organ and organ system formation in non-intestinal turbellaria.
  • Human trematodes and cestodoses
  • Non-helminths, geohelminths, and biohelminths Cycles of development
  • Cephalopods are marine primates.
  • The appearance of arthropods on land.
  • A wide range of crustaceans. Crustaceans that are parasitic.
  • The origin of insect mouthparts.
  • Proto-arthropods. Diversity is vital for understanding arthropod evolution.

20 Excellent Zoology Dissertation Topics

  • Parasitic flagellates and parasitic sarcode organisms Are they pathogens that cause human and animal diseases?
  • Flagellates with a plant type of exchange and flagellates with an animal type of exchange
  • Sporozoans as protozoal disease causing agents in humans and animals
  • There are several types of Infusoria.
  • Protozoa radiation in the environment
  • Theories of how multicellular creatures evolved.
  • Creeping is a systematic variant of the type.
  • The comb type's general features.
  • The Flatworm type's ecological diversity.
  • Ecto- and endoparasitism in multicellular organisms as the emergence of new microbiotopes Parasite classifications.
  • Nematodes are the most common pathogens in humans and domestic animals.
  • Rotifer morpho-ecological characteristics
  • Mollusks' adaptive radiation results in the assimilation of numerous environments. Mollusk ecological radiation in nutritional processes.
  • Characteristics of the Polyplacophora and Monoplacophora classes.
  • Cephalopod organisation characteristics.
  • Annelid diversity and ecological features Adaptive radiation and macrosystem type
  • The primitive characteristics of trilobite organisation.
  • Xiphosura class general features (Horseshoe crabs).
  • The practical utility of arachnids includes toxic arachnids, parasites, and infection vectors in humans and domestic animals.
  • The system of interconnected arthropod adaptations to terrestrial life.

20 Fascinating Zoology Dissertation Topics

  • Insects take flight. Insects' medicinal significance
  • Insects are considered agricultural pests.
  • Various needle-skinned creatures
  • Vestimentifera and Pogonophora
  • Bryozoans and their significance
  • Brachiopods serve as guiding fossils.
  • Invertebrate phylogeny.
  • Plant protection by biological means.
  • Arachnids of several types.
  • Ticks have medicinal importance.
  • Anatomical comparison of the vertebrate circulatory system.
  • The evolution theory: issues concerning evolution.
  • Protists: notion and medicinal importance
  • Anatomical comparison of the vertebrate musculoskeletal system.
  • Crustacean reproduction, development, and life cycles Crustacean parasitism adaptation.
  • Myriapoda superclass general features
  • Anatomical comparison of the vertebrate genitourinary system.
  • Anatomical comparison of the vertebrate nervous system.
  • The Earth's life. In zoology, species and speciation. Classification of animals
  • Definition and zoological notions of anthropogenesis

20 Ideas for Zoology Dissertations

  • Insect habitat diversity and taxonomic diversity
  • Insect morphofunctional characteristics that offered a complex of adaptations to the terrestrial existence.
  • Cyclostomes have primitive characters, specialisation, and unique features linked with a parasitic existence.
  • Tunicata or Urochordata subtype systematic diversity
  • Chordate origin theories include Garstang's theory and Severtsov's theory. Chordate ancestors and their way of life.
  • Tunicates' biology and ecology as an adaptation to a primarily sedentary existence.
  • Ecological classes of fish based on food type and feeding strategies.
  • Cystophera and lungfishes have been proposed as probable ancestors of amphibians.
  • The major groupings of ancient and current echinoderm species.
  • Echinoderm embryonic development, major larval forms, and metamorphosis
  • Systematic variation in bony fish (Osteichthyes).
  • Amphibian adaptation to the growth of the ground-air ecosystem.
  • The main taxonomic groupings of amphibians, their representatives, structural characteristics, dietary ecology, and reproduction.
  • Reptile taxonomic categories, representatives, structural traits, nutrition ecology, and reproduction.
  • Birds' morphological and physiological adaptations to flying. Modern bird classification system.
  • Symmetry in invertebrates.
  • Mammals evolved from animal-like reptiles. The contemporary Mammal classification scheme.
  • The major paleochronological stages in the development of animals.
  • Evolution and Development of Multicellular Organisms
  • Dinosaurs, Ichthyosaurs, Plesiosaurs, and Pterosaurs are extinct reptile groups.

20 Zoology Dissertation Topics

  • Parasites: general traits, human importance Turbellaria in the intestine.
  • Chordates: an explanation of the species, structure, and characteristics of life. Chordates are the sensory organs.
  • Reptiles: structural characteristics, life, and habitat
  • Vertebrates: structural characteristics, categorization
  • Fish that are round, cartilaginous, and bony.
  • Invertebrates' circulatory, genitourinary, neurological, and musculoskeletal systems.
  • Crustaceans: environment, structure, and parasite examples
  • An summary of numerous instances of avian structure.
  • Arthropods: environment and life characteristics
  • Subtypes include skulls and tunicates.
  • Human thermodoses and cestodoses People value them.
  • Cephalopods, polychaetes, geohelminths, and biohelminths are all types of worms. Leeches are used in medicine.
  • Cephalopods: species description, key traits
  • Arachnids: anatomies and classifications
  • The animal kingdom's phylogeny.
  • Vertebrate respiratory organs Vertebrate skull and circulatory system
  • Mammals: characteristics, structure, and comparative anatomical investigation of two representatives
  • Fish and amphibian skin. Primary water and vertebrate digestive systems
  • Definition and description of anamnias and amniotes.

Finish Your Conclusion

During your university education, you can explore many more zoological themes and learn new things. The themes of students' independent work might be adjusted or augmented depending on the curriculum.

It's conceivable that you're drawn to challenging questions and unresolved issues. In this instance, keep in mind that time is not on your side. The dissertation has been in the works for a long time. Perhaps it is better to postpone a more difficult topic for the future and instead write a term paper or an article for a scientific publication.

It makes no difference whether your abstract topic was picked independently or from a list. The teacher will most likely know the solution to any questions you have and will assist you in avoiding mistakes when drafting the abstract. Furthermore, if you have already picked a topic but are unsure of your talents or capabilities, you may always seek assistance from our dissertation writing service pros. After submitting a brief application, you may be confident that your dissertation will be produced efficiently, swiftly, and on time. We are always available to assist you!

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How do i choose a dissertation topic for zoology .

  • Animal-related theories were put forth by Aristotle.
  • reconstruction of the invertebrate phylogeny.
  • the idea of a subkingdom in modern times.
  • the discovery of trichoplax, as well as the creation of multicellular creatures.
  • the symmetry of an insect's body.
  • Ctenophores have life forms.

Which topic is best for PhD in zoology ?

The most fascinating subjects that might be beneficial to you in college are listed below.

  • Transport and communication between cells throughout development.
  • Salmonid population dynamics and history.
  • The sub-Antarctic penguins' past breeding patterns.
  • Honey bee dopamine regulation
  • development of parasites.

Which topic is best for dissertation ?

Here are 3 excellent dissertation topics.

  • Internet influence on pupils' social and spiritual values.
  • One of an educational organization's primary goals should be to promote a democratic culture among teenagers.
  • High school students' cultural autonomy in the social studies and humanities curriculum.

What are the topics in zoology ?

Some modules you could take include:

  • Evolution and extinction.
  • the primates' psyche.
  • laboratory expertise.
  • Cellular control and genes.
  • aquatic biology.
  • Animal conduct.
  • parasites, illness, and immunity.
  • life and evolution's patterns.

What is the best course after BSc zoology ?

Certificate Programs Following a BS in Zoology.

  • Forensics of wildlife.
  • Animal Science.
  • conservation and primatology.
  • Animal welfare: ethics and the law.
  • Management of the environment.
  • Photography.
  • maintaining zoos.
  • Journalism.

Which university is better for zoology ?

California State University, Santa Barbara

Can you do PhD after MSc zoology ?

Yes, you may pursue a Ph.D. in zoology after earning your MSc. For the MSc in Zoology, you must receive a 55%. You must take the Ph. D entrance exam offered by the University, and admission will be granted based on your performance on the test.

Which subject is best for MSc zoology ?

Candidates with a strong background in biochemistry, animal biodiversity, cell, and molecular biology, ecology, physiology, and environment management are required for the MSc in zoology program. These topics make up some of the most crucial concept-building components of the zoology curriculum.

Which is better zoology or botany ?

If you are more interested in plants, you should major in botany, and if you are more interested in animal life, you should major in zoology.

What is scope of zoology ?

A candidate with a master's degree in zoology has a wide range of opportunities. They can serve as veterinarians, forensic scientists, lab technicians, zoology academics, wildlife educators, conservationists, wildlife biologists, zoo curators, and animal behaviorists.

Is a degree in zoology worth it ?

Graduates may find employment in academia or private sector, but many go on to further their education in order to develop the specific skills needed for their chosen vocations. Jobs as wildlife scientists or park rangers are available at the entry-level. Working with wildlife conservation groups or animal shelters is also very common.

Is zoology a good career ?

For people who are eager to learn about biodiversity and willing to take on difficulties, it is a wonderful career choice.

Which is better chemistry or zoology ?

Compared to zoology and botany, chemistry has a wider application. Go for zoology and botany if you want to pursue a career in teaching and research, but you have more options in chemistry to work in the pharmaceutical, chemical, and food production industries as well as in teaching and research.

What are the project topics for zoology undergraduate students ?

  • Animal virus.
  • Growth of the skeletal system.
  • Assembly of cells in embryos.
  • Central Nervous System Synapses
  • Biology of Behavior.
  • Biological system interactions.

When did zoology begin ?

12th century

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 Faculty affiliated with this concentration (see below) have expertise in vertebrate population ecology; endangered, threatened, and overabundant species; wetland and forest ecology; animal behavior and physiology; geographic information systems and remote sensing; aquatic toxicology; population dynamics and demographic modeling; and landscape and ecosystems ecology. A major strength of our program is the unique convergence of Universities, federal and state agencies in Amherst, unmatched in the Northeast. A series of cooperative agreements, memoranda of research understanding and sole-source vendor relationships with state and federal agencies provide a strong base of research funding. These agreements also provide important teaching and research relationships between our program and state and federal natural resource agencies. Wildlife research focuses on wetlands, biodiversity, animal habitat associations, landscape and systems ecology, remote sensing, human-wildlife conflicts, forest-wildlife relationships, and international conservation. Fisheries research focuses on marine, estuarine, and inland resources and specifically on population dynamics, relationship of ecosystem structure and production, the effect of organic and inorganic contamination on aquatic ecosystem function, and anadromous fish behavior, ecology and physiology. There are approximately 70 graduate students in the Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology Concentration. Through their research projects, graduate students often employ or provide volunteer opportunities for interested undergraduates (about 150 in the Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation concentration within the Natural Resources Conservation major). Graduate students are encouraged to participate in projects and activities of their colleagues to broaden their experience and to provide and receive ideas and suggestions for improvements.

At the MS level, students have the option of pursuing either a professional degree or thesis degree. The thesis/dissertation degree leads to the MS or PhD degree and centers around the completion of a major independent research project in addition to a modest coursework requirement. The professional degree leads to the MS degree and centers around a professional paper based on an internship/practicum in addition to a more substantial coursework requirement. Both degree options provide students a strong foundation in three core topic areas: environmental science (biology, ecology, conservation and environmental building systems), 2) quantitative science (statistics, GIS and modeling), and 3) human dimensions (environmental policies, economics, politics, administration, management and values). The MS thesis degree is intended to prepare students for the option of pursuing a PhD or a career in conservation science. The MS professional degree is meant to be a terminal degree for students seeking graduate-level training in a particular field of study and a career as a professional conservation scientist. Overall, the academic requirements of this concentration in combination with the research/practicum experience provide students the professional training for conservation science positions within academia, state and federal resource management agencies, nongovernmental conservation organizations, and private industry (e.g., environmental consulting firms). In addition, MS thesis degree students completing this program are well prepared to meet the challenges of any PhD program.

Course Offerings

The following courses are offered for partial fulfillment of the degree requirements (see below). Note, all courses ending in 90 and 97 have an additional letter designation (e.g., 697A) not specified below because it is subject to change; Please check the SPIRE online and department’s course offering sheet ( https://tinyurl.com/y7pz3uu2 )for the current course number listing.

1. Core Courses for the MS Thesis degree

  • ECO 601 Research concepts (fall, 3cr)
  • ECO 697 Analysis of environmental data - lecture (fall, 3cr)
  • ECO 691A* Current research in env. conservation seminar (1cr)

2. Core Topic Areas for the MS degree

a. Environmental Science

  • NRC 564 Wildlife habitat management (fall, 4cr)
  • NRC 565 Wildlife population dynamics & management (fall, 4cr)
  • NRC 570 Fish ecology (fall odd yrs, 4cr)
  • NRC 571 Fisheries science & management (spr odd yrs, 4cr)
  • NRC 581 Wetlands Assessment (spr odd yrs, 3cr)
  • NRC 590AE Aquatic ecology (fall even yrs, 4 cr)
  • NRC 590 Global change ecology (fall odd yrs, 3cr)
  • NRC 590 Invasion ecology (fall even yrs, 3 cr)
  • NRC 590 Restoration ecology (spring, 3cr)
  • ECO 621 Landscape ecology (spr even yrs, 4cr)
  • ECO 622 Conservation biology (spr odd yrs, 3cr)
  • ECO 624 Diadromous fisheries ecology & conservation (fall, 3cr)
  • ECO 697 Recreational fisheries science and management (fall odd yrs, 2cr)
  • ECO 697 Urban wildlife ecology and management (spr even yrs, 4cr)
  • ECO 757 Advanced fisheries management (spr odd yrs, 3cr)
  • ECO 758 Advanced wildlife conservation (fall even yrs, 3 cr)
  • ECO 768 Wetland ecology & conserv. (fall even yrs, 3cr)
  • ECO 777 Advanced systems ecology (spr odd yrs, 3cr)

b. Quantitative Science

  • NRC 577 Ecosystem modeling & simulation (fall even yrs, 3cr)
  • NRC 585 Introduction to GIS (both, 4cr)
  • NRC 587 Digital remote sensing (spr even yrs, 3cr)
  • NRC 597 WebGIS (spr, 3 cr)
  • ECO 632 Multivariate statistics for environmental cons. (spr odd yrs, 4cr)
  • ECO 634 Analysis of environmental data - lab (fall, 2cr)
  • ECO 697 Advanced topics in GIS (fall even yrs, 3cr)
  • ECO 697 Applied biostatistics (spr, 4cr)
  • ECO 697 Advanced statistics for env conservation (fall even yrs, 4cr)
  • GEOG 668 GIS and Spatial Analysis (spr, 3 cr)
  • PLSOIL 661 Intermediate biometry (fall, 3 cr)

c. Human Dimensions

  • NRC 576 Water resources management & policy (fall, 3 cr)
  • NRC 579 Cree culture, natural resources and sustainability (spr, 3 cr)
  • NRC 590 Adapt. to climate change: theories, policy ... (spr even yrs, 3cr)
  • ECO 690 Environmental conflict & collaborative policy (spr even yrs, 3cr)
  • ECO 690 Public engagement and communication (spr even, 3cr)
  • ECO 697 Federal environmental law & regulation (fall, 3 cr)
  • ECO 697SV Design, Implementation, Analysis of Surveys of People (spr 3cr)
  • REGIONPL 553 Resource policy & planning (spr even yrs, 3 cr)
  • REGIONPL 575 Environmental law & resource management (spr, 3 cr)
  • RES-ECON 720 Environmental & resource economics (fall even yrs, 3 cr)
  • RES-ECON 721 Advanced natural resource economics (fall, 3 cr)
  • GEO-SCI 666 Water resource policy (spr, 4 cr)
  • POLSCI 784 Environmental policy (tbd, 3 cr)

The MS Professional Degree

Prerequisites.

Candidates for an MS professional degree in this concentration will be admitted on the basis of their academic training, work experience, and letters of recommendation. At a minimum, candidates will be expected to possess a Bachelor’s degree in:

  • a natural resources field or environmental sciences; or
  • the biological sciences with an emphasis in ecology; or
  • any field with strong background in mathematics and the biological and physical sciences, and professional experience working as a natural resources professional.

Note, prerequisites exist for many of the required courses. Students are expected to have satisfied these prerequisites prior to commencing the program.

Requirements

Students in this concentration are expected to meet all the requirements for a MS degree in ECo, as outlined in the student handbook, including the following:

  • Complete one semester of ECO 691A Current research in env. conservation seminar (1cr)
  • A minimum of 30 credits is required, 29 of which must be in the major (defined broadly), 12 of which must be at the 600 level or above; up to 6 graduate credits can be transferred from previous course work from UMass or another university;
  • Successful completion of a comprehensive exam based upon the student’s academic training in environmental conservation, encompassing three “core” topic areas (environmental science, quantitative science, and human dimensions) in addition to the required ECo core courses; and
  • Successful final exam conducted by the committee.

The MS Thesis Degree

Prerequisites .

Candidates for an MS thesis degree in this concentration will be admitted on the basis of their academic training, work experience, and letters of recommendation. At a minimum, candidates will be expected to possess a Bachelor’s degree in:

MS thesis degree students in this concentration are expected to meet all of the requirements for an MS degree in ECo, as outlined in the student handbook, including the following:

  • Core courses (see above): 7 credits.
  • Core topic area courses: 17 credits in the major field (defined broadly), 8 of which must be at the 600 level or above, including a minimum of one 500-level or above 3- 4 credit course in each core topic area (see above). Note, students may take courses other than those listed above to fulfill the core topic area requirements, such as special topics courses that are offered irregularly, if they are approved by the students advisory committee. Note, up to 6 graduate credits can be transferred from previous course work from UMass or another university to fulfill these requirements.
  • Thesis: 6 credits. All students in the MS thesis degree option are required to complete a thesis based on independent research as approved by the student's advisory committee.
  • Successful completion of a comprehensive exam based upon the student’s academic training in environmental conservation, encompassing three “core” topic areas (core science, quantitative science, and human dimensions) in addition to the required ECo core courses.
  • Successful final defense of the thesis.
  • A minimum of one publishable-quality scientific paper resulting from the thesis research project.

The PhD Degree

Candidates for a PhD degree in this concentration will be admitted on the basis of their academic training, work experience, and letters of recommendation as evaluated by the faculty sponsor. At a minimum, candidates will be expected to possess:

  • a Bachelor’s degree in:
  • a natural resources field or environmental sciences; or 
  • mathematics, statistics, or policy with some coursework in biological and physical sciences, or experience working as a natural resource professional.

*Note, students wishing to pursue a PhD with only a BS degree can choose to obtain a MS degree on the way to completion of Ph.D. degree requirements. MS is not a requirement.

Students in this concentration are expected to meet all of the requirements for a PhD degree in ECo, as outlined in the student handbook, including the following:

  • A minimum of 10 dissertation credits is required, based on a research project specific to this concentration and approved by the student's advisory committee; no other course credits are required other than those determined by the student’s advisory committee.
  • Complete two consecutive, full time semester residency
  • Successful completion of a comprehensive exam based on the three “core” topic areas (environmental science, quantitative science, and human dimensions).
  • Successful final defense of the dissertation.
  • A minimum of three publication-quality dissertation chapters.

Resources & Facilities

Two University forests (totaling 2,000 acres), the 800-acre Swift River Wildlife Management Area of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, and the 81,000-acre Quabbin Reservation of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation offer unique field study areas close to campus. The University of Massachusetts also maintains the Nantucket Field Station and the Marine Station at Gloucester. The Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center in Turners Falls offers excellent, modern facilities for both lab and field study of migratory fish behavior, ecology and physiology. Cooperation with the National Marine Fisheries Service allows graduate students to participate in research cruises in the Northwest Atlantic, as well as use facilities at the NMFS Woods Hole Laboratory. As members of the Five College School of Marine Science Program, students have access to research laboratories at Woods Hole and Waquoit Bay on Cape Cod. Further, concentration faculty conduct research in a variety of sites outside Massachusetts, including overseas.

Matriculation & Financial Aid

This program typically takes a full-time MS professional degree student 2-4 semesters to complete, a full-time MS thesis degree student 3-5 semesters to complete, and a full-time PhD student 8-10 semesters to complete, including the completion of a practicum/thesis/dissertation. However, some students may be able to complete the degree in less time and some take longer depending on their academic preparedness and the dictates of the practicum or thesis/dissertation research project.

Funding opportunities are limited, yet financial assistance is provided to our MS thesis and PhD students through teaching or research assistantships (at Graduate Employee Organization bargained wage rates), University fellowships, or hourly wages. Tuition is waived during semesters in which at least a 10-hour assistantship or fellowship is awarded, but the student is responsible for most fees. Research assistantships are available through faculty members who have grant-supported research, and many faculty only accept students if they are able to provide grant-supported assistantships. Limited University and Departmental fellowships are awarded by the Graduate School or ECo Graduate Program in open competition.

Funding opportunities are more limited for students in the MS professional degree option. Some teaching assistantships and University fellowships may be available, or internship institutions may be able to provide some assistance, but most professional degree students are self-funded. Again, tuition is waived during semesters in which at least a 10-hour assistantship or fellowship is awarded (or the equivalent from an internship employer), but the student is responsible for most fees.

Concentration Coordinator & Faculty Affiliates

The following on-campus faculty (both regular and adjuncts) and professional staff, including the Graduate Concentration Coordinator, are principally affiliated with this concentration and regularly serve in the role of the student’s advisory committee chair or member and instructor for core courses; other faculty and staff are occasionally involved in this concentration. See Departmental website for information about the faculty and staff ( http://eco.umass.edu/index.php/people/ ).

Graduate Concentration Coordinator:

Timothy Randhir Dept. of Environmental Conservation 160 Holdsworth Way Amherst, MA 01003-4210 Tel: 413-545-3969 Email: [email protected]

Principal Faculty Affiliates:

University of Massachusetts 160 Holdsworth Way Amherst, MA 01003-9285 Map

1 (413) 545-2665

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