Conservation Sciences Graduate Program

The Conservation Sciences Graduate Program at the University of Minnesota has two complementary missions. The first is to provide students with sound graduate training in the biological sciences relevant to the conservation of plants, animals and ecosystems on a global basis. The second is to expose students to the social, political and economic sciences that relate to both the recognition and solution of conservation problems. The overall aim of this interdisciplinary program is to educate students who will understand the causes of conservation problems and will be well prepared to develop sound solutions or approaches to these problems that are likely to be acted upon or implemented. There are three tracks in this program: Conservation Science, Fisheries and Aquatic Biology, Wildlife Ecology and Management.

Conservation Science

2012_cons_bio_bike_relayThis track is well-suited for students who are interested in the fundamental science related to biodiversity as well as students who are interested in conservation and management of non-game species, conservation planning and ecosystem services, and conservation research at the interface of the social and natural sciences.

Fisheries and Aquatic Biology Track

FAB trackFisheries and Aquatic Biology is a track within Conservation Sciences. Specialized coursework and research experience leading to expertise in fisheries or aquatic biology. Combined with a typical undergraduate degree in biology or natural resource science, careful selection of courses in the graduate program will satisfy the educational requirements for professional certification by the American Fisheries Society.

Wildlife Ecology and Management

mini_turtleThe Wildlife Ecology and Management track is designed for students interested in working with leaders in ecology, physiology, evolution, genetics, statistics, computer science, forestry, natural resource policy, and the social sciences as they relate to fisheries, wildlife, and conservation science.