Ecology and Environmental Science

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Ecology and Environmental Science major

The Ecology and Environmental Science major includes a strong core in biophysical sciences and a variety of elective courses that allow students to follow their interests within the major. Students are given the opportunity to select from two emphases. Undergraduate students interested in a career as an ecologist are encouraged to pursue the Ecology emphasis. This curriculum is designed so that upon completion students may become a certified ecologist (certification from the Ecological Society of America) for employment with state or federal agencies, or private consulting firms. Undergraduate students interested in a career or graduate program to address contemporary environmental issues should select the Environmental Science emphasis. This emphasis includes a broader selection of elective credits, allowing the student to design a track optimal for their future career or graduate education path. Most students enrolled in this major are planning careers with environmental monitoring and regulatory agencies or private consulting firms.

Range Science major and minor

Undergraduate students interested in a Range Science major can choose one of two emphases. The Rangeland Ecology and Management emphasis is available for students who wish to find employment opportunities with agencies such as the Natural Resource Conservation Service or the private sector segment of agricultural business. Students more interested in grasslands and cattle can pursue a Ranch Management emphasis. Career options include ranching and other agricultural pursuits, as well as agency and private sector positions. The Range Science major is accredited by the Society for Range Management. Finally, a Range Science minor is available in the department.

Wildlife and Fisheries Science major

Undergraduate students interested in a Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences major can find career opportunities with a B.S. degree by working as conservation officers for state natural resource agencies. For students more interested in the biology of wildlife and fishes, there are some technician-level positions for B.S.-level wildlife and fisheries biologists with private, state, and federal natural resource organizations. However, most of the biologist positions are filled with individuals who have earned a graduate degree. Students majoring in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences can be certified by the American Fisheries Society and The Wildlife Society.

Botany Minor

The Department of Natural Resource Management is home to the Botany minor for SDSU. This minor is often useful to students with interests in ecology, range science, and wildlife and fisheries sciences. Plants are the base of the energy web within our natural resources, and so this minor crosses many disciplines.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline June for Fall semester; November for Spring semester Tuition fee
  • USD 9009 Year (National)
  • USD 18044 Year (International)
Start date January,September 2015 Credits 120 credits
Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Major Requirements:
  • Genetics
  • General Microbiology and Lab
  • Principles of Ecology
  • Principles of Ecology Lab
  • Integrated Natural Resource Management and Lab
  • or Technical Communication
  • General Chemistry and Lab
  • Organic Chemistry and Lab
  • Introduction to Physics and Lab
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Disturbance Ecology and Lab
  • Principles of Geology
  • or Evolution
  • Introduction to Environmental Science
  • or Ecosystem Ecology
  • Introduction to GIS
  • or Plant Ecology and Lab

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 5.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 500 TOEFL iBT® test : 61

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  • Applicants should have an above average academic record at least equivalent to a "B-" average (2.60 out of 4.00), or be in the top 60% of their class with suitable academic preparation for the intended major.
  • The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), while not required, is encouraged and strongly recommended for freshman applicants. Students who graduated from U.S. high schools must submit an SAT score.
  • Academic Transcripts need to be originals or official certified true copies. If your transcripts are not in English, certified true translations must be attached. All upper secondary school-level work need to be demonstrated through your transcripts. It is common for applicants to submit transcripts prior to completion of their final year of secondary school. If you must submit transcripts prior to completion, please indicate your expected graduation date.
  • Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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    The Ecology and Environmental Science program is based on certification requirements of the Ecological Society of America. Curricula are designed so that upon completion, ecology students may become a Certified Ecologist in Training from the Ecological Society of America.

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