This Wildlife Ecology and Conservation program is offered through University of Florida Maples Center for Forensic Science in partnership with the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Students are prepared for real-world situations in wildlife forensics such as poaching and illegal trade and courses are taught by faculty members who have years of experience in the field working with law enforcement and wildlife organizations.
The MS in Wildlife Forensic Sciences and Conservation is comprised of four 3-credit core requirements plus 21 elective credits. Complete courses from the comfort of your home, on your own time. The degree is non-thesis, but does require the completion of a final cumulative exam that consists of a written and an oral component.
Why Wildlife Forensic Sciences & Conservation?
Fish and wildlife officers, conservationists, and park rangers are just a few professionals who will benefit from the online wildlife forensic sciences and conservation graduate program. Adding graduate-level coursework to your resume can provide potential earning increases and job advancements, as well as boost your knowledge in an area of interest.
What will you learn?
Students can expect to cover a wide variety of topics that dive into historical and contemporary laws and legislation, crime scene processing, and conservation medicine. Topics will include:
- Overview of crime scene procedures and protocols
- Various types of evidence unique to wildlife forensics
- Evidence recognition and handling
- Crime scene test methods and techniques
- Conservation and ecology issues in wildlife crime
- Current trends in wildlife and biodiversity threats
- Legalities in domestic and international wildlife issues
Programme StructureCourses include
- Impact of Diseases on Wildlife Population
- Research Design in Wildlife Ecology
- Plant-Animal Interactions
- Conservation Biology
- Advanced Wetlands Ecology
- Wildlife Population Ecology
- Wildlife Population Modeling
- Pattern and Process in Landscape Ecology
- Environmental Interpretation
- Administration in Natural Resources
- Mammalian Carnivores: Conservation and Management Issues
- Human Dimensions of Biological Conservation
- Research Problems in Wildlife and Range Sciences
- Supervised Research
- Topics in Wildlife and Range Sciences
- Supervised Teaching
- Research for Master's Thesis
- Wildlife and Agriculture
- Advanced Research
- Research for Doctoral Dissertation
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
- Assistantship Applicants: January 1
- Not Seeking Funding: Rolling admission
DisciplinesBiology Biodiversity & Conservation Ecology View 1148 other Masters in Biology in United States
- A baccalaureate degree in any subject from an accredited institution with an upper-division GPA of 3.0 or better (Prior coursework in biology, health and/or animal sciences is preferred)
- GRE examination with a cumulative score of 297 or better
- Three recommendation letters by academic or professional contacts speaking of the applicant’s experience and expertise
International30134 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 30134 USD per year during 24 months.
National30134 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 30134 USD per year during 24 months.
In-State12740 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 12740 USD per year during 24 months.
Living costs for Gainesville
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