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Wildlife and Fisheries SciencesThe M.S. degree program in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences is intended to educate students for management-level positions with state and federal agencies, private companies, and for the pursuit of higher academic degrees. By using specifically identified coursework and mentoring, we strive to assist students in developing their intellectual capabilities in working with natural resources and people. In addition, each student must propose and conduct an original scientific investigation. Placement rates for M.S. graduates into positions as fisheries biologists, wildlife biologists, and other natural resource positions with state and federal agencies is extremely high.
Biological SciencesStudents interested in careers in ecology, environmental science, and range science often utilize the Biological Sciences M.S. degree programs.
Student Learning Outcomes * Be knowledgeable regarding biological systems at a level appropriate to a M.S. degree holder.
* Be able to effectively express themselves orally and in written form.
* Understand the scientific method of solving problems.
* Be computer and statistically capable.
* Be specialized in some area of wildlife or fisheries, but still be broadly based in knowledge.
* Be able to conduct scholarly research.
* Understand the relationships between biological information and socioeconomic factors.
* Demonstrate professional development, especially in regard to the need for continued learning after their degree program.
* Develop a concern and feeling for the natural resources of the world.
Course Delivery FormatThe Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences graduate program is primarily an on-campus program. However, field research may require extended time periods away from campus.
Students are expected to take departmental coursework as well as courses in statistical methods and graduate seminars.
South Dakota State University has been granted the full, ten-year reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. An accreditation team of representatives from peer institutions commended SDSU for:
* Dedicated faculty and staff
* Quality new facilities
* Excellent student leadership
* Shared governance
* Partnerships with local community
* Robust and Integrated assessment program
* Successful transition to NCAA Division I Athletics