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Core and Elective Courses

CORE COURSES

ECOL 6080. Principles of Conservation and Sustainable Development I (4 cr.): This course emphasizes ecological principles important to conservation and development and the ecological consequences of development activities. (Carroll and Pringle)

ECOL 8710. Environmental Law Practicum (4 cr.): Students from ecology, law, environmental design and other disciplines work together to address pressing environmental concerns identified by community stakeholders. Skills developed include: identification of environmental problems within a watershed, research and analysis, legislative drafting, and presentations. This practicum provides hands-on experience and solution-oriented, interdisciplinary group projects. (Fowler and other faculty).

ECOL 8400. Perspectives on Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development (1 cr.): All students in the program participate in this seminar during the fall of their first year. Presentations include faculty and student research and seminars on conservation issues. (Pringle)

ECOL 8990. Problems in Ecology (2 cr.): This course should be used as a independent study with your major professor to define your thesis research problem and plan the research design.


Year 1
(Normal course load is 9-11 hours per semester. Maximum is 12 hours unless special permission is obtained.)

Fall
ECOL 6080: Principles of C/SD I (4 credits)
ECOL 8400. Perspectives on C/SD (1 credit)
Elective (6-7 credits)

Spring
ECOL 8710. Environmental Law Practicum (4 credits)
ECOL 8990. Independent Study (2 credits)
Electives (3-5 credits)

Summer Research or field courses (9-11 credits)


Year 2
Fall Electives and/or research (9-11 credits)

Spring Thesis (research) (9-11 credits)

Summer Thesis (research) (9-11 credits)


THEMATIC TRACKS IN CESD MS PROGRAM: RECOMMENDED ELECTIVES

I.  Sustainable Development
This master's degree program offers students an opportunity to combine interdisciplinary course work in conservation ecology and sustainable development with field experience and thesis research. The program is intended to provide the training necessary to handle the unique, multidisciplinary problems in the area of conservation and sustainable development and to function independently as a researcher and decision-maker to address problems of conservation and sustainable development

A.  Recommended:

  1. LAND 6030 Nature and Sustainability
  2. WILD(ECOL) 8330 Landscape Ecology
  3. WILD(FISH)(ECOL) 8680 Animal Biodiversity and Conservation
  4. LAND 6350 Ecosystem Restoration
  5. FANR(AAEC) 7860 Natural and Environmental Economics I (3 credits)

B.  Other Suggested Courses:

  1. WASR(CRSS)(ECOL)(ENGR)(GEOG)(GEOL) 4700L/6700L Hydrology, Geology, and Soils of Georgia (3 credits)
  2. WILD 7700-7700L Applied Population Dynamics (3 credits)
  3. FANR 8200 Scientific Research (3 credits)
  4. EDES 4640/6640 History of Urban Planning (3 credits)
  5. EDES 4650/6650 City Planning (3 credits)
  6. EDES 4660/6660 Environment and Behavior (3 credits)
  7. EDES 7550 Values in Environmental Design (2 credits)
  8. ANTH 4075/6075 Economic Anthropology (3 credits)
  9. ANTH 4560/6560 Anthropology and Development (3 credits)
  10. RLST(NRRT)(ANTH)5400/7400-5400L/7400L Parks and Ecotourism Management (3 credits)
  11. ANTH 8515 Institutional Dimensions of Sustainability (3 credits)
  12. ANTH(ICON) 8560 Conservation and Development Practice (3 credits)
  13. NRRT 7410 Protected Areas Management (3 credits)
  14. NRRT 5900/7900 Ecotourism and Sustainable Development (3 credits)
  15. FORS 5010/7010 Urban Tree Management (3 credits)
  16. FANR 4273S/6273S Field Studies in Sustainable Development (1-9 credits)
  17. FANR 7750 The Science of Sustainability (2 credits)
  18. ENGR/LAND 4660/6660 Sustainable Building Design (3 credits)
  19. ENGR 5930/7930 GPS with Engineering and GIS Application (3 credits)
  20. ENGR 6130 Bioengineering Systems (3 credits)
  21. JURI 4790/6790 Land Use Planning (2-3 credits)
  22. POLS 8160 Urban Politics (3 credits)
  23. EHSC 4610/6610 Water Pollution and Human Health (3 credits)
  24. EHSC 8510-8510L Environmental Risk Assessment and Communication (3 credits)
  25. GEOG 4630/6630 Advanced Urban Geography (3 credits)
  26. GEOG 4660/6660 Urban and Regional Development (3 credits)
  27. GEOG 8810 Seminar in Human-Environment Relationships (3 credits)
  28. ECOL 8420 Watershed Conservation (3 credits)
  29. GRSC 8200 Communicating Research and Scholarship (1 credit)
  30. PBIO 8930 Science Writing for General Audiences

II.  Conservation Ecology
The purpose of the Conservation Ecology track is to prepare graduates for careers in natural resource conservation and management with government agencies, nonprofit conservation organizations and consulting firms. Students in this track should receive a solid scientific foundation including a good understanding of the theory of ecology and conservation biology as well as practical training in field methods and quantitative analysis of ecological data.

A.  Recommended:

  1. FISH(WILD) 6520 Conservation Decision-Making (3 credits) or other course in structured decision making
  2. FANR 6750 Experimental methods for research (4 credits) or ECOL 8990 Likelihood-based inference in ecology (3 credits) or equivalent course in statistics
  3. At least one relevant natural history course (herpetology, ichthyology, aquatic entomology, etc)
  4. At least one relevant subdisciplinary ecology course (ecosystem ecology, population ecology, landscape ecology)
  5. FANR 7620 GIS Applications for Natural Resources (3 credits)or FANR 8400-8400L Advanced Spatial Analysis for Natural Resources (3 credits) or other course in Geographic Information Systems

B.  Other Suggested Courses:

  1. WILD(FISH) 8360. Quantitative Conservation Science
  2. GEOG 4810/6810. Conservation Ecology and Resource Management
  3. ECOL 4800/6800-4800L/6800L. Statistical Thinking in Ecology
  4. FISH 8400. Advanced Fish Ecology and Conservation
  5. CRSS 6580E. Soil Erosion and Conservation
  6. LAND 6350. Ecological Landscape Restoration
  7. ECOL 4000/6000. Population and Community Ecology
  8. ECOL 4010/6010. Ecosystem Ecology
  9. ECOL(PBIO)(WILD) 8310. Population Ecology
  10. WILD(ECOL) 8330. Landscape Ecology
  11. WILD(FISH)(ECOL) 8680. Animal Biodiversity and Conservation
  12. WILD(ECOL) 4040/6040-4040L/6040L. Herpetology
  13. ECOL 4050/6050-4050L/6050L. Ichthyology
  14. WILD(ECOL) 4060/6060-4060L/6060L. Ornithology
  15. ECOL 4070/6070-4070L/6070L. Invertebrate Zoology
  16. ENTO 8940-8940L.  Aquatic Entomology
  17. PBIO 8140/8140L. Algal Ecology
  18. PBIO 8360 .Fungal Ecology
  19. ANTH(GEOG) 4275/6275. Conservation and Development in Costa Rica
  20. ECOL 4570/6570 Comparative Biodiversity and Land Conservation Policy: Costa Rica and the United States
  21. WILD(ECOL) 4575/6575-4575L/6575L. Conservation Medicine
  22. PBIO(ECOL) 4750/6750. Tropical Ecology and Conservation
  23. CRSS(HORT)(ANTH)(ECOL)(GEOG) 4930/6930. Agroecology of Tropical America
  24. WILD(FISH) 8390-8390L Estimation of Fish and Wildlife Population Parameters
  25. GENE 6000 Evolutionary Mechanisms

III.  Environmental Policy
The purpose of the Environmental Policy track is to prepare graduates for careers in environmental policy or for interactions with policymakers.  These graduates might serve as policy staff for government agencies, nongovernmental organizations or corporations; some might go on to law school.

A.  Recommended:

  1. ECOL 8730 Environmental Policy (3 credits)
  2. FANR 6910 Natural Resource Law (3 credits)
  3. ENVM 6800 Water Resources Economics (3 credits)
  4. JURI 5667 Sustainability and Business  (2 credits)

B.  Other Suggested Courses:

  1. FANR 4800/6800 Renewable Resources Policy (3 credits)
  2. ENVM(AAEC) 4930E/6930E Environmental Law and Government Regulation (3 credits)
  3. JURI 4828/6828 Water Law (2-3 credits) (offered sporadically)
  4. JURI 5750/7750 International Environmental Law
  5. EHSC(AAEC) 8120 Roles and Responsibilities of Environmental Policy Makers (2 credits)
  6. AAEC 8700 Advanced Environmental Economics and Policy Analysis (3 hours)
  7. JURI 4790/6790 Land Use Planning (3 credits)
  8. EHSC 4610/6610 Water Pollution and Human Health (3 credits)
  9. LAND 6350 Ecosystem Restoration (3 credits)

Additional Relevant Courses:

Social Science/Anthropology

  1. ANTH 6490 Foundations of Ecological Anthropology (3 credits)
  2. ANTH 8500 Seminar in Ecological Anthropology (3 credits)

Electives appropriate for the program include:

Course descriptions

Agricultural and Applied Economics
AAEC 7600. Environmental Economics and Policy Analysis
AAEC 8750. Natural Resource and Environmental Economics II

Anthropology
ANTH 4075/6075. Economic Anthropology
ANTH 4275/6275. (GEOG) Conservation and Development in Costa Rica
ANTH 4300/6300-4300L/6300L. (PBIO) Ethnobotany
ANTH 4540/6540-4540L/6540L. Health, Biology, and Culture
ANTH 4560/6560. Anthropology of Development
ANTH 4580/6580-4580L/6580L. Ecology of Food, Diet, and Nutrition
ANTH 4590/6590. Ecology and Evolution of Human Disease
ANTH 6490. Foundations of Ecological Anthropology
ANTH 6620. Methods in Sociocultural Anthropology
ANTH 8060. Primate and Human Ecology
ANTH 8400. Human Population Ecology
ANTH 8410. Comparative Human Ecological Systems
ANTH 8420. Human Ecosystem Evolution
ANTH 8515. Institutional Dimensions of Sustainability
ANTH 8560. (ICON) Conservation and Development Practice
ANTH 8610. Field Methods in Ecological Anthropology
ANTH 8620. Anthropological Data Analysis

Biology
BIOL 8000. Tropical Biology

Biostatics
BIOS 4380/6380. (STAT) Survival Analysis
BIOS 7010. Introductory Biostatistics I
BIOS 7020. Introductory Biostatistics II
BIOS 8110. Categorical Data Analysis
BIOS 8140. (STAT) Multilevel and Hierarchical Models

Botany
PBIO 4550/6550. (BIOL) (BINF) Bioinformatics Applications
PBIO 4650/6650-4650L/6650L. Plant Taxonomy
PBIO 4750/6750. (ECOL) Tropical Ecology and Conservation
PBIO 8100. Plant Genetics
PBIO 8130. (ECOL) Macroecology Seminar
PBIO 8140-8140L. There is no PBIO 8140 course
PBIO 8350-8350L. (BINF) Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
PBIO 8360. Fungal Ecology
PBIO 8410. (WILD) (ECOL) Plant Population and Community Ecology
PBIO 8700. Plant Population and Biology Seminar
PBIO 8770. (FORS) (ECOL) Communities and Ecosystems
PBIO 8840. Plant Ecology Seminar
PBIO 8850-8850L. (CRSS) (FORS) (ECOL) Terrestrial Biogeochemical Cycling
PBIO 8890-8890L. Plant Reproductive and Physiological Ecology
PBIO 8930. Science Writing for General Audiences

Cellular Biology
CBIO 4600L/6600L. (PBIO) (WILD) Biology of Protists Laboratory

Crop and Soil Science
CRSS 4610/6610-4610L/6610L. (MIBO) Soil Microbiology
CRSS 4660/6660. (WASR) Hydrogeochemical Characterization of Environmental Field Sites
CRSS 4670/6670. Environmental Soil Chemistry
CRSS 4930/6930. (HORT) (ANTH) (ECOL) (GEOG) Agroecology of Tropical America
CRSS 6580E. Soil Erosion and Conservation
CRSS 8280-8280L. Crops and Microclimate
CRSS 8650. (ECOL) Nutrient Cycling Models

Ecology
ECOL 3700. Organic Agriculture: Ecological Agriculture and the Ethics of Sustainability
ECOL 4000/6000. Population and Community Ecology
ECOL 4010/6010. Ecosystem Ecology
ECOL 4050/6050-4050L/6050L. Ichthyology
ECOL 4070/6070-4070L/6070L. Invertebrate Zoology
ECOL 4100/6100-4100L/6100L. Ecological Biocomplexity
ECOL 4110/6110. Insect Diversity
ECOL 4150/6150-4150L/6150L. (BIOL) Population Biology of Infectious Diseases
ECOL 4310/6310-4310L/6310L. (FISH) (WASR) Freshwater Ecosystems
ECOL 4520/6520. (PBIO) Plant-Animal Interactions
ECOL 4570/6570. Comparative Biodiversity and Land Conservation Policy: Costa Rica and the United States
ECOL 4800/6800-4800L/6800L. Statistical Thinking in Ecology
ECOL 6130. Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Planning
ECOL 8000. Topics in Modern Ecology
ECOL 8110. (ANTH) Tropical Ecological and Cultural Systems
ECOL 8120-8120L. (PBIO) Plant Reproductive Ecology
ECOL 8140L. (IDIS) Research Methods in Disease Ecology
ECOL 8145. Life History Evolution
ECOL 8170. Natural History of the Hymenoptera
ECOL 8220. Stream Ecology
ECOL 8230. Lake Ecology 
ECOL 8300. Behavioral Ecology
ECOL 8310. (PBIO) (WILD) Population Ecology
ECOL 8322. (WILD) Concepts and Approaches in Ecosystem Ecology
ECOL 8325-8325L. (PBIO) (WILD) Modeling Population Ecology
ECOL 8420. Watershed Conservation
ECOL 8440. Principles of Agroforestry/ Agroecology 
ECOL 8580-8580L. Theory of Systems Ecology
ECOL 8660-8660L. (CRSS) Soil Biology and Ecology
ECOL 8730. Environmental Policy
ECOL 8930. Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases

Engineering
ENGR 4660/6660. (LAND) Sustainable Building Design
ENGR 5930/7930. GPS with Engineering and GIS Applications
ENGR 6130. Bioengineering Systems
ENGR 8560. (ECOL) Systems and Engineering Ecology

Entomology
ENTO 4450/6450. Insect Behavior
ENTO 4500/6500-4500L/6500L. Biological Control of Pests
ENTO 4740/6740. (CRSS) (PATH) Integrated Pest Management
ENTO 6130. Internship in Crop Protection and Pest Management
ENTO 8010-8010L. Insect Taxonomy
ENTO 8150L. (ECOL) (PBIO) Wetland Ecology Laboratory
ENTO 8250. Insect Physiology
ENTO 8500. Insect Ecology
ENTO 8820. Concepts in Integrated Pest Management
ENTO 8940-8940L. Aquatic Entomology

Environmental Design
EDES 4640/6640. The History of Urban Planning
EDES 4650/6650. City Planning
EDES 4660/6660. Environment and Behavior: Theory and Practice
EDES 7350. Landscape Management
EDES 7550. Values in Environmental Design

Environmental Economics and Management
ENVM 4930E/6930E. (AAEC) Environmental Law and Governmental Regulation
ENVM 6800. Water Resource Economics and Management
ENVM 6930E. (AAEC) Environmental and Governmental Regulation

Environmental Health Science
EHSC 4610/6610. Water Pollution and Human Health
EHSC 8120. (AAEC) Roles and Responsibilities of Environmental Policy Makers
EHSC 8410. (MARS) Oceans and Human Health
EHSC 8510-8510L. Environmental Risk Assessment and Communication
EHSC 8610. (ECOL) (FISH) (WASR) Aquatic Toxicology

Educational Research and Measurement
ERSH 4300/6300. Applied Statistical Methods in Education
ERSH 7250. Educational Program and Project Evaluation
ERSH 7610. (EADU) Questionnaire-Based Research in Education

Fisheries
FISH 4550/6550-4550L/6550L. (ECOL) (MARS) (WILD) Conservation Aquaculture
FISH 4600/6600. (EHSC) Ecotoxicology
FISH 5360L-7360L. Fisheries Management Laboratory
FISH 6520. (WILD) Conservation Decision-Making
FISH 8350. (EHSC) (ECOL) (ENTO) (VPHY) (PHRM) Fundamentals of Ecotoxicology
FISH 8400. Advanced Fish Ecology and Conservation
FISH 8630-8630L. (EHSC) Quantitative Ecological Toxicology

Forest Resources
FORS 5010/7010. Urban Tree Management
FORS 7710. Advanced Forest Economics

Forestry and Natural Resources
FANR 4273S/6273S. Field Studies in Sustainable Development
FANR 4444S/6444S. Foundations of Environmental Education
FANR 4800/6800. Renewable Resources Policy
FANR 4810/6810. Natural Resources Law
FANR 6750. Experimental Methods in Forestry and Natural Resources Research
FANR 6910. NOT LISTED IN BULLETIN listed as FARN4810
FANR 7620. GIS Applications for Natural Resources
FANR 7750. The Science of Sustainability
FANR 7860. (AAEC) Natural Resource and Environmental Economics I
FANR 8140. (BINF) (GENE) Functional Genomics
FANR 8200. Scientific Research in Forestry and Natural Resources
FANR 8300-8300L. Scientific Communication in Forestry and Natural Resources

Genetics
GENE 6000. Evolutionary Mechanisms
GENE 8150. Fundamentals of Evolutionary Genetics
GENE 8160. Advanced Evolutionary Genetics
GENE 8400. Ecological Genetics
GENE 8420. Molecular Ecology
GENE 8700. Current Topics in Evolutionary Genetics

Geography
GEOG 4020/6020. Fluvial Geomorphology
GEOG 4160/6160. Applied Climatology in the Urban Environment
GEOG 4220/6220. (PBIO) Ecological Biogeography
GEOG 4240/6240. (PBIO) Plant Geography
GEOG 4300/6300. Introductory Spatial Analysis
GEOG 4305/6305. Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
GEOG 4330/6330-4330L/6330L. Aerial Photographs and Image Interpretation
GEOG 4350/6350-4350L/6350L. Remote Sensing of Environment
GEOG 4370/6370-4370L/6370L. Geographic Information Science
GEOG 4380/6380-4380L/6380L. Transportation Modeling and GIS
GEOG 4470/6470-4470L/6470L. Geospatial Analysis
GEOG 4620/6620. Advanced Economic Geography
GEOG 4630/6630. Advanced Urban Geography
GEOG 4660/6660. Urban and Regional Development
GEOG 4670/6670. Geography of Development
GEOG 4810/6810. Conservation Ecology and Resource Management
GEOG 8350. Advanced Remote Sensing and Geospatial Techniques
GEOG 8810. Seminar in Human-Environment Relationships

Graduate School
GRSC 8200. Communicating Research and Scholarship

Integrative Conservation
ICON 8001. Principles of Integrative Conservation I
ICON 8002. Principles of Integrative Conservation II
ICON 8111L. (ANTH) (GEOG) (FANR) (ECOL) Integrative Conservation Internship
ICON 8500. Special Topics in Integrative Conservation

Landscape Architecture
LAND 4400/6400. Plant Communities of the Southeast
LAND 6030. Nature and Sustainability
LAND 6350. Ecological Landscape Restoration

Law
JURI 4640/6640. International Law I
JURI 4650/6650. International Law II
JURI 4670/6670. International Human Rights
JURI 4790/6790. Land Use Planning
JURI 4800/6800. Land Use Clinic
JURI 4826/6826. Energy Law Seminar
JURI 4827/6827 . Animal Law
JURI 4828/6828. Water Law
JURI 4910/6910. Natural Resources
JURI 5280/7280. Environmental Law
JURI 5285/7285. Environmental Practice Seminar
JURI 5289/7289. Environmental Law Practicum
JURI 5290/7290. Interdisciplinary Environmental Law Practicum
JURI 5520/7520. International Law and Economic Development
JURI 5580/7580. Law, Science, and Technology
JURI 5585/7585. Bioethics
JURI 5750/7750 . Law, Public Policy, and the Elderly
JURI 5885/7885. Global Governance

Marine Sciences
MARS 4380/6380-4380L/6380L. (FISH) Marine Fisheries Biology
MARS 4810/6810. Global Biogeochemical Cycles
MARS 8160. Marine Ecology

Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism
NRRT 5410/7410-5410L/7410L. (RLST) Stewardship and Protection of Natural Resources
NRRT 5900/7900. Ecotourism and Sustainable Development
NRRT 7410. Stewardship and Protection of Natural Resources

Political Science
POLS 8160. Urban Politics
POLS 8510. Applied Bayesian Modeling for the Social Sciences

Recreation and Leisure Studies
RLST 5400/7400-5400L/7400L. (NRRT) (ANTH) Parks and Ecotourism Management

Science Education
ESCI 8990. Research Seminar in Science Education

Statistics
STAT 4240/6240. Sampling and Survey Methods
STAT 4280/6280. Applied Time Series Analysis
STAT 4290/6290. Nonparametric Methods
STAT 6210. Introduction to Statistical Methods I
STAT 6220. Introduction to Statistical Methods II
STAT 6315. Statistical Methods for Researchers
STAT 6430. Design and Analysis of Experiments
STAT 8040. Environmental Statistics
STAT 8090. Statistical Analysis of Genetic Data
STAT 8200. Design of Experiments for Research Workers
STAT 8230. Applied Nonlinear Regression
STAT 8250. Multivariate Methods
STAT 8270. Spatial Statistics
STAT 8330. Advanced Applications and Computing in R
STAT 8350. Bayesian Data Analysis
STAT 8620. Categorical Data Analysis and Generalized Linear Models
STAT 8630. Mixed-Effect Models and Longitudinal Data Analysis
STAT 8650. Bootstrapping Techniques

Water and Soil Resources
WASR 4110/6110-4110L/6110L. (FORS) Forest Hydrology
WASR 4700L-6700L. (CRSS) (ECOL) (ENGR) (GEOG) (GEOL) Hydrology, Geology, and Soils of Georgia

Wildlife Sciences
WILD 4000/6000-4000L/6000L. Management of Wildlife Habitat
WILD 4040/6040-4040L/6040L. (ECOL) Herpetology
WILD 4050/6050. (BIOL) Mammalogy
WILD 4060/6060-4060L/6060L. (ECOL) Ornithology
WILD 4500/6500. Nongame and Endangered Species Management
WILD 4575/6575-4575L/6575L. (ECOL) Conservation Medicine
WILD 4700/6700. Techniques in Wildlife Population Management
WILD 7700-7700L. Applied Population Dynamics
WILD 8330. (ECOL) Landscape Ecology
WILD 8360. (FISH) Quantitative Conservation Science
WILD 8390-8390L. (FISH) Estimation of Fish and Wildlife Population Parameters
WILD 8680. (FISH) (ECOL) Animal Biodiversity and Conservatio

Contact

Cathy Pringle, Chair
Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development
Odum School of Ecology
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-2202
(706) 542-2968
cpringle@uga.edu