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 Graduate College

Ecosystem Management (PSM)

Department of Biology

www.uni.edu/psm/ecosystem-management.html
144 McCollum Science Hall
Cedar Falls, IA 50614

Head: Dr. David Saunders, Professor
Phone: (319) 273-2456
E-mail: david.saunders@uni.edu

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. David Saunders
Phone: (319) 273-2456
E-mail: david.saunders@uni.edu


Read the UNI Catalog description:

This P.S.M. degree prepares students for career opportunities in conservation and restoration-related businesses,  government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Emphasis is placed on blending ecosystem analysis, management and restoration skills with an understanding of business and other organizational environments, and the degree includes a team project and an internship experience. Admission is restricted to students with a GPA of 3.00 or higher and a B.A. or B.S. in Biology, Ecology or related field. Majors in Agriculture, Geography and other related applied disciplines must take or have taken an introductory biology sequence to be considered. To be admitted, students must also have had an upper level course with significant plant taxonomy or systematics content, and an upper level Ecology course.

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should contact the Department of Biology for other admission requirements. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed.  No exceptions will be made. 

This major is available on the non-thesis option only. A minimum of 30 semester hours is required. A minimum of 18 semester hours of 200/6000-level course work is required.

Required:

Biology:

BIOL 4180/5180 (840:180g)

Restoration Ecology

4

BIOL 6260 (840:260)

Advanced Ecology

3

BIOL 6280 (840:280)

Advanced Analytical Techniques

3

Science and Science Education:

PSM 6100 (820:209)

Business Management for Science Professionals

3

PSM 6300 (820:215)

Team-Based Problem Solving

3

PSM 6289 (820:289)

Professional Science Master's Seminar (2 hrs.)

2

PSM 6950 (820:295)

Professional Science Master's Internship

4

Electives (must be 100g/5000-level or above): *

8

Total Hours

30

*

Students having completed at least one course in Group A, or their equivalent, may select electives from Group B.

Group A:

Biology:

BIOL 4166/5166 (840:166g)

Plant Systematics

BIOL 4178/5178 (840:178g)

Fire Management in Ecosystems

Geography:

GEOG 4230/5230 (970:129g)

Rivers

Group B:

Biology:

BIOL 4105/5105 (840:105g)

Wildlife Ecology and Management

BIOL 4131/5131 (840:131g)

Animal Behavior

BIOL 4142/5142 (840:142g)

Evolutionary Biology

BIOL 4154/5154 (840:154g)

Aquatic Ecology

BIOL 4155/5155 (840:155g)

Ecotoxicology

BIOL 4164/5164 (840:164g)

Mammalogy

BIOL 4167/5167 (840:167g)

Conservation Biology

BIOL 4157/5157 (840:157g)

Biostatistics

or STAT 3771/5771 (800:121g)

Applied Statistical Methods for Research

Earth Science:

EARTHSCI 3330/5330 (870:141g)

Geomorphology

EARTHSCI 3350/5350 (870:173g)

Environmental Hydrology

EARTHSCI 3355/5355 (870:175g)

Hydrogeology

Economics:

ECON 3225/5225 (920:123g)

Environmental Economics

Geography:

GEOG 4220/5220 (970:126g)

Soils and Landscapes

GEOG 4320/5320 (970:174g)

Geographic Information Systems II

GEOG 4350/5350 (970:175g)

Global Positioning System Field Survey Methods

GEOG 4360/5360 (970:165g)

Thematic Cartography

GEOG 4170/5170 (970:168g)

Regional Analysis and Planning

GEOG 4370/5370 (970:173g)

Remote Sensing of the Environment

Iowa Lakeside Laboratory: **

IA LL 3103/5103 (890:103g)

Aquatic Ecology

IA LL 3121/5121 (890:121g)

Plant Ecology

IA LL 3122/5122 (890:122g)

Prairie Ecology

IA LL 3124/5124 (890:124g)

Wetland Ecology

IA LL 3126/5126 (890:126g)

Ornithology

IA LL 3142/5142 (890:142g)

Watershed Hydrology and Surficial Processes

IA LL 3175/5175 (890:175g)

Soil Genesis and Landscape Relationships

**

Students can take no more than 4 credit hours of Iowa Lakeside Laboratory (IA LL/890) courses.