Graduate Program

Field work

The Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology offers Master's and Ph.D. graduate programs.

There are three types of Master's Programs:   

Plan A programs emphasize research. In partial fulfillment of degree requirements, students are required to conduct research approved by their graduate committee and to present the results in a thesis.

Plan B programs emphasize course work and professional preparation. The student must submit a professional paper based on literature reviews, surveys, and other sources of information to the graduate committee as partial fulfillment of degree requirements.

Completion of the Plan A and Plan B - M.S. degrees generally requires at least two years of full-time work beyond the bachelor's degree. All Plan A and B master’s students must take at least 30 credits of formal coursework at the 300 level or higher. Graduate work may require undergraduate courses as prerequisites.

Plan C Online M.F.W.C.B. degree is a coursework-only, non-thesis, professional master's degree.  Applicants must have at least 2 years of previous professional experience in the natural resources arena.  The degree is offered through CSU Online at http://www.online.colostate.edu/degrees/fish-wildlife-conservation-biology/.  Courses for the Plan C online M.F.W.C.B. degree are offered so that the degree may be completed within two years.  The Plan C degree includes 30 credits of formal coursework at the 400 level or higher. Graduate courses may require undergraduate courses as prerequisites.
 

Ph.D. degrees emphasize research and coursework.  In partial fulfillment of degree requirements, students are required to conduct research approved by their graduate committee and to present the results in a dissertation.    

Completion of the Ph.D. degree requires 72 credits beyond the bachelor's degree.  FWCB typically does not accept applicants to the Ph.D. program without a completed masters degree.  

Graduates of the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology hold academic positions in state and federal natural resource agencies, in foreign countries, and in private organizations and industry.

Our faculty have diverse professional interests and often work in interdisciplinary teams to understand and solve today's complex environmental and natural resource management problems.

Graduate students have also developed working relationships with the Colorado Division of Wildlife, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Wildlife Research Center, and the Biological Resources Division of the U.S. Geological Survey which have offices and research facilities on or near the Colorado State campus. The Colorado Natural Heritage Program, the Larval Fish Laboratory, and the Water Center are on-campus interdisciplinary research programs associated with the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology.

In addition, the Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (a unit within the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology) employs graduate research assistants to conduct studies sponsored by public agencies, private conservation organizations, and industry. The Unit combines resources of the University and federal and state fish and wildlife agencies in educating graduate students.