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Master of Arts in Biological Sciences
Concentration in Applied Ecology and Concentration in Applied Evolution
 
Overview

The Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University is among the finest of its kind in the world. Our program has graduate students studying toward both the master and doctoral degrees.

 

We offer a Master of Arts (MA) in Biological Sciences with a concentration in either Applied Ecology or Applied Evolution. The master’s program in Applied Ecology is intended to address the need for professionals in environmental sciences at federal, state, county, and other levels of government, environmental departments of large industrial companies and smaller environmental consulting firms, and non-governmental conservation and environmental protection organizations. The Applied Evolution concentration will also prepare students for work in these sectors, specifically for technical positions that require genetic, evolutionary and population based analytical skills. Career paths in biotechnology, forensics and biomedicine will also be available to graduates of this program. Both concentrations are useful for further specialized degree programs or careers in education. Both programs are particularly strong in quantitative skills, providing enhanced career opportunities for those with mastery in this area.

 

The plan of study is individually tailored within the course offerings and other training opportunities to match the student's personal goals. Courses offered by the Department of Ecology and Evolution provide training in ecology, evolution, conservation biology, mathematical methods, and statistics, with applications in these fields. Students must complete 30 graduate credits and a masters’ project for the degree. Credits can also be earned through a traineeships and participation in research projects on or off campus. This program can be completed in three to four semesters of full time enrollment.

Concentration in Applied Ecology

The Concentration in Applied Ecology provides students with a strong foundation in ecological principles and the quantitative tools necessary for sound assessment of environmental issues. This training is valuable in environmental planning, resource use and regulation, conservation biology and data analyses for decision makers in government and the private sector.

Required Graduate Courses:

1. BEE 576 - Principles of Applied Ecology and Evolution (4 cr.)
2. BEE 587 - Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology Laboratory (3 cr.)
3. BEE 555 - Mathematical Methods in Population Biology (3 cr.)
4. BEE 574 - Landscape Ecology Laboratory (3 cr.) or Ecology Laboratory (3 cr.)
5. BEE 552 - Biometry (4 cr.)

Electives include:

1. BEE 554 - Population Genetics and Evolution (3 cr.)
2. MAR 522 - Environmental Toxicology and Public Health (3 cr.)
3. MAR 536 - Environmental Law and Regulation (3 cr.)
4. BEE 586 - Introduction to Ecological Modeling (3 cr.)
5. BEE 550 - Principles of Ecology (4 cr.)
and others. For more details, please see the Graduate School Bulletin.

Concentration in Applied Evolution

In recent years, there has been growing recognition that what had previously been considered to be strictly ecological problems often have a significant evolutionary dimension. Environmental impacts often reduce the size of populations (the ecological component) but may also result in evolutionary changes within the impacted populations that adversely affect human welfare (e.g., evolution of antibiotic or pesticide resistance), reduce the sustainability of vulnerable populations, or their value to humans (e.g., higher levels of inbreeding, loss of genetic variability and valuable genetic traits). Evolutionary principles are also regularly applied in biotechnology, forensics, agricultural, pharmaceutical, and biomedical fields, and especially to problems of genome and protein sequence analysis.

Required Graduate Courses:

1. BEE 576 - Principles of Applied Ecology and Evolution (4 cr.)
2. BEE 554 - Population Genetics and Evolution (3 cr.) or an equivalent approved by the Program Director
3. CSE 549 - Computational Biology (3 cr.) or AMS 533 - Numerical Methods and Algorithms in Computational Biology (3 cr.)
4. Molecular Diversity Laboratory (3 cr.)
5. BEE 552 - Biometry (4 cr.)

Electives include:

1. BEE 555 - Mathematical Methods in Population Biology (3 cr.)
2. BEE 587 - Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology Laboratory (3 cr.)
3. BEE 551 - Principles of Evolution (4 cr.)
4. AMS 536 - Molecular Modeling of Biological Molecules (3 cr.)
5. AMS 589 - Quantitative Genetics (3 cr.)
6. ANT 565 - Human Evolution (4 cr.)
7. ANT 564 - Primate Evolution (4 cr.)
8. HBA 550 - Vertebrate Evolution (4 cr.)
9. HBM 503 - Molecular Genetics (3 cr.)
and others. For more details, please see the Graduate School Bulletin.
 
For further Information, contact:
Dr. Joshua Rest, Director
MA Program in Applied Ecology and Applied Evolution
Melissa J. CohenGraduate Program Coordinator
Department of Ecology & Evolution
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, New York 11794-5245

State University of New York at Stony Brook is an affirmative action/equal opportunity educator and employer.

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