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Master of Science in Wildlife Biology

Become a future leader and educator in government agencies, academia, and private conservation organizations.

Why Choose Keystone College?

  • Learn and explore using Keystone’s 170-acre Woodlands Campus with ponds, streams, wetlands, Lake Manataka Environmental Field Station, and Little Rocky Glen, which provide unparalleled learning opportunities. Few colleges in the nation offer students such a pristine natural environment for education and recreation.
  • The program offers the flexibility to take courses remotely while still having access to hands-on research experiences.
  • Learn from subject matter experts from around the country.
  • A thesis track that allows students to tailor their research to what is of most interest to them.
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Contact

Dr. Jessica Faux
Program Director of Wildlife Biology
570-945-8405
NSM@keystone.edu

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Woodlands Campus

The 170-acre Woodlands Campus features a nature preserve, apiary, maple sugaring operation, streams, and several hiking trails. The outdoor classrooms and field stations provide unparalleled opportunities for outdoor discovery and learning opportunities.

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Howard Jennings Nature Preserve

The College dedicated a portion of its beautiful 170 acre Woodlands Campus as a nature preserve, that will not be developed in any way, to honor the years of dedication of Professor Howard Jennings.

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Sugar Shack

Keystone College is very fortunate to have its own small maple sugaring operation that includes a sugar shack with an evaporator and a sugarbush, where we have approximately 275 taps deployed.

Program Goals

  • Specific content knowledge
  • Training in specific laboratory skills and technology and any safety requirements associated with those endeavors
  • Instruction on how to manipulate data mathematically
  • Opportunity for a mentored research project
  • Guidance on how to evaluate and articulate the outcome, orally and/or in writing, of research and laboratory experiments

Program Format

The Master of Science in Wildlife Biology will be delivered in an in-person format and/or synchronous remote format. An in-person summer residency will be required to fulfill the lab and research components of the program.

Fall and spring semester courses will operate on a 15-week session with students completing 9 credits of study per session.

Program Prerequisites

Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree (any major) from a regionally accredited college or university with an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher, including the following undergraduate coursework:

  • General Biology 6 to 8 credits
  • General Chemistry 6 to 8 credits
  • Mathematics 6 to 8 credits, including a statistics and a calculus course
  • Additional Botany, Ecology, and Evolution courses preferred.

Course Requirements

BIOL 5100 – Scientific Writing and Communication
BIOL 5175 – Ecology of Wildlife Populations
BIOL 5190 – Population Dynamics
BIOL 5240 – Game Management
MATH 5150 – Statistics and Research
Ecology and Organismal Biology Elective
Ecology and Organismal Biology Elective
Ecology and Organismal Biology Elective
or Environmental and Physical Science Elective
Animal and Natural Resource Management Elective
Animal and Natural Resource Management Elective
or Environmental and Physical Science Elective

And choose Thesis or Non-Thesis Track

Thesis Track
BIOL 6810 – Biological Thesis Research I (Under development)
BIOL 6910 – Biological Thesis Research II (Under development)

Non-Thesis Track
Analytical Tools, Research, and Statistical Analysis Elective
Ecology and Organismal Biology Elective

Ecology and Organismal Biology
BIOL 5150 – Stream Ecology
BIOL 5160 – Forest Ecology
BIOL 5170 – Aquatic Macroinvertebrates Zoology
BIOL 5200 – Microbial Ecology
BIOL 5210 – Animal Behavior
BIOL 5215 – Mammalogy
BIOL 5220 – Ornithology
BIOL 5225 – Ichthyology
BIOL 5230 – Herpetology
BIOL 5235 – Wetland and Riparian Ecology

Animal and Natural Resource Management
BIOL 5180 – Fish Management and Culture
BIOL 5185 – Natural Resources Policy and Management
BIOL 5195 – Aquatic Ecosystem Conservation
BIOL 5245 – Conservation Biology

Environmental and Physical Sciences
BIOL 5150 – Limnology
BIOL 5155 – Soils Science
BIOL 5165 – Environmental Toxicology

Analytical Tools, Research, and Statistical Analysis Elective
BIOL 5160 – Geospatial Methods in Resource Management

 

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