MS - Conservation Technology

8026
Master of Science
Classroom
No
Graduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 8026 Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Age Restriction: N Admission status: graduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom only Location/s: main campus
Admission Materials: 3 letters of  recommendation, objectives, GRE  

The Master of Science in Conservation Technology prepares the student either for a professional career or for further graduate study. This goal is achieved through a balance of coursework and research activities.

Admission Requirements

General admission requirements and the process for applying are presented in the Academic Overview section. For this nonthesis program, students should have an undergraduate degree that includes coursework in introductory biology, calculus, statistics, ecology and zoology, as well as three classes in each of physical science, the humanities and social science/liberal arts.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Conservation Technology is conferred upon students who successfully complete 30 credit hours of approved curriculum as outlined below. A minimum of one course from each of the seven listed categories must be successfully completed. No more than two 4000-level courses may be used to satisfy degree requirements. The listing here is not intended to be exhaustive but to show possible coursework for each category.

Botany
Complete:
  • BIO 5020 Field Ecology 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Field course identifies the plant communities characteristic of the southern Appalachian Mountains. Examines the factors responsible for the control and dynamics of these community types in the field. The field trip is conducted in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  • BIO 5039 Plant Systematics and Biogeography
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the systematics and identification of plants of the southeastern U.S. Emphasizes field identification, how families fit within phylogenetic frameworks and biogeographic processes that led to modern distributions. Requires five (5) field trips to local habitats.
  • BIO 5060 Biology and Ecology of Seagrasses
    Credit Hours: 3
    Lectures, discussions of recent literature, and independent or group lab study of the truly marine angiosperms. Covers the systematics, anatomy, physiology and reproduction of seagrasses, along with autoecology and community ecology of tropical and temperate seagrass meadows.
  • BIO 5065 Natural History of the Indian River Lagoon
    Credit Hours: 3
    Field examination of the flora, fauna and descriptive ecology of the Indian River system along the east coast of Florida. Emphasizes understanding natural history in relation to geologic history, biogeography, human society and recent problems in resource management.
Communication
Complete:
  • BIO 5510 Current Topics in Ecology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Readings and discussions of recent advances and new concepts in ecological research.
  • BIO 5573 Scientific Analysis, Writing and Presentation
    Credit Hours: 3
    Gives in-depth consideration to recent literature related to various biology areas. Teaches how to critically read, evaluate, review and present biological science papers. Also teaches skills for writing biological abstracts, papers and grants, and for making professional biology presentations.
  • ISC 5016 Presenting Science
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the principles and practices of presenting research findings. Focuses on effective methods of communicating scientific and technological discoveries in readily understandable and useful ways. Emphasizes techniques for communicating complex scientific principles and research outcomes to the general public.
Policy, Administration and Law
Complete:
  • BUS 4426 Environmental and Resource Economics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the behavioral sources of environmental problems. Includes property rights, externalities, cost-benefit analysis, depletable and recyclable resources, pollution control, population growth, sustainable development, ecotourism and environmental justice.
  • ENS 5701 Environmental Regulation and Impact Assessment
    Credit Hours: 3
    Analyzes environmental legislation and the impacts and implications of these regulations on society. Emphasizes environmental impact analysis and environmental impact statement preparation methods.
    Requirement(s):
    Graduate standing in science or engineering
  • ISC 4000 Applied Sustainability
    Credit Hours: 3
    Requires the design, production and presentation of an individual or group project on improving the sustainable operation of some aspect of the Florida Tech main campus, Florida Tech satellite location or another approved location.
    Requirement(s):
    Permission of the instructor
Quantitative Sciences
Complete:
  • BIO 4517 Introduction to Modeling for Ecology and Biology
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes allometric principles, biological processes within organisms, population and metapopulation models, competition and symbiosis, predator-prey relations, community and diversity, and models in evolution, biogeography, ecosystems and conservation.
  • BIO 5028 Design and Analysis of Ecological Studies
    Credit Hours: 3
    Comprehensively reviews experimental and observational methods and analysis tools commonly encountered in ecology. Emphasizes the practical application of research designs to ecological problems and different fields of ecology.
  • BIO 5075 Multivariate Analysis in Biology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Teaches graduate students how to apply various multivariate techniques in analyzing biological data using a hands-on problem-solving approach. Includes principal component analysis, cluster analysis and discriminate function analysis.
Wildlife Biology
Complete:
  • BIO 4641 Biology of Marine Mammals
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the evolution, classification, ecology and general life history of marine mammals.
  • BIO 5011 Ornithology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the evolution, classification, biogeography, physiology and life history of birds. Emphasizes conservation and management of populations focusing on field identification, population dynamics and habitat interactions
Select one course:
  • BIO 5904 Field Biology and Evolution of the Galapagos Islands
    Credit Hours: 3
    Field biology course in the Galapagos Islands. Emphasizes climate and evolution processes and patterns. Includes both terrestrial and marine investigations of the unique biota of the islands.
  • BIO 4904 Field Biology and Evolution of the Galapagos Islands
    Credit Hours: 3
    Field biology course in the Galapagos Islands. Emphasizes climate and evolution processes and patterns. Includes both terrestrial and marine investigations of the unique biota of the islands.
Wildlife Management
Complete:
  • BIO 4410 Community Ecology
    Credit Hours: 4
    Studies the composition and distribution of biological communities and the community responses to wildlife management, changing climates and other abiotic factors. Includes ecosystems, biogeography, biodiversity, paleoecology, pollution, population manipulation and successions. Modular lab exercises stress experimental design and data analysis in studying communities.
  • BIO 5030 Conservation Biology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Demonstrates the synthetic nature of conservation biology drawing from the disciplines of genetics, population biology, biogeography, ecology, wildlife management, human ecology and natural resource management. Illustrates conservation issues using case studies from a wide variety of global ecosystems.
Zoology
Complete:
  • BIO 5031 Conservation Genetics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces conservation genetics. Focuses on population genetic theory and emphasizes molecular methods to identify evolutionarily significant units, assess genetic diversity, understand the evolution of small populations and manage threatened populations.

Additional credit hours would be selected from a 4000- or 5000-level course in BIO, ENS, OCN or from other sources at the advisor's discretion. Recommenced additional courses include GIS, remote sensing and biology summer field programs.