A Master of Science degree in Fisheries Biology, Ecology, or Watershed Science, with emphasis on the management of fisheries or watershed resources directed toward decision-making roles in natural resource agencies, is offered for the applicant with previous agency experience and for the student motivated toward an administrative career. A Doctor of Philosophy degree in Fisheries Biology, Ecology, or Watershed Science is provided for students interested in pursuing a research or academic career.
A thesis or dissertation based on original research performed by the student is required. Written comprehensive examinations are required of all students pursuing the PhD degree. At the discretion of the student’s graduate supervisory committee, an additional oral examination may be required.
The minimum requirement for an MS degree is 30 credits, including at least 24 credits in residency and 6 credits of thesis research. The minimum requirement for a PhD degree is 60 approved graduate credits in addition to an MS degree, or 90 approved graduate credits with no MS degree. At least one year (a minimum of 32 credits), including a minimum of two consecutive semesters, of full-time registration must be in residence at USU.
With committee approval, graduate credit may be transferred from accredited graduate schools, provided the minimum residency requirement (including thesis and dissertation credit) at USU is met. Transfer credit, which must not have been used for any other degree, will be shown on official USU transcripts at completion of the degree.
The MS and PhD degrees in Fisheries Biology allow students to specialize in Aquatic Ecology, Conservation Biology, or Fisheries Management. The MS and PhD degrees in Ecology allow students to specialize in Aquatic Ecology.