Master's in Conservation Technology
Master of Science in Conversation Technology
A master's in conservation technology from Florida Tech prepares students for a career immersed in biological or ecological conservation practices, or to continue with further graduate study in a Ph.D. program.
This interdisciplinary field examines genetics, geographic information systems and ecological modeling so students develop the expertise they need to create solutions for today's most challenging conservation issues – such as climate change analysis, water quality and diseases among oceanic plants and animals. Conservation scientists and ecologists also manage, improve and protect the country's natural resources.
Graduates possess quantitative and computer skills that are in demand from a wide variety of industries including environmental consulting and insurance companies, non-governmental organizations and local, state and federal agencies.
Students working towards a master's in conservation technology add to their strong foundation in biology with additional background in conservation science and ecological principles. What makes Florida Tech's program different is its emphasis on technology. Graduates develop expertise in many areas of conservation and ecology, but also train for leadership positions in management or conservation planning, rather than only focusing on fieldwork.
The master's in conservation technology program facilitates students being eligible for the professional status of an Associate Wildlife Biologist (awarded by the Wildlife Society) and an Associate Professional Ecologist (awarded by the Ecological Society of America).
World Class Faculty
Florida Tech is a top choice to obtain a master's in conservation technology. Students experience an intimate, focused environment where professors mentor students, class sizes are small, and there is an opportunity to work with faculty on leading research projects. The diverse campus environment provides students the chance to gain an international perspective on conservation technology and learn how it is handled in countries around the world.
As a leading research university, graduate students earning a master's in conservation technology pursue research in a wide range of areas that align with their interests and career goals. Florida Tech's central Florida location provides year-round one-of-a-kind field studies. The campus is five miles from one of the most diverse estuaries in the country, the Indian River Lagoon, providing advanced research opportunities. Students are encouraged to publish research findings in leading biology, ecology and conservation journals.
Cutting Edge Facilities
Master's in conservation technology students have access to the F. W. Olin Life Sciences Building, a teaching and research laboratory that includes an aquaculture facility, climate change institute and the offices and research labs of several of the marine biology faculty. The Harris Center for Science and Engineering serves the research needs of aquaculture and fish biology programs. The Vero Beach Marine Laboratory is a 4-acre off-campus facility on the Atlantic Ocean where large-scale culture is conducted.
Graduates with a master's in conservation technology work in commercial enterprises and government agencies, often doing scientific research and analysis related to conservation, biology or ecology. Careers are also available at research-based non-governmental organizations, zoos and aquariums, state and federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Army Corps of Engineers, and St. Johns Water Management District.