Ecological Systems foundation is an entry point to students interested in fundamental and applied research at scales from genes to ecosystems and from the mountains to the sea.  Previous student research in this area has addressed a breadth of topics, including development of new techniques in landscape ecology, ecological genomics and fisheries stock assessment.  Their work also has included sophisticated field and laboratory studies as well as analytical and simulation modeling.  Faculty supporting this foundation are actively conducting research around the globe from the Arctic and Australia to continental areas such as the American Midwestern prairie and the iconic Chesapeake Bay.  We are committed to training the future leading scientists and professionals in all aspects of ecology.  Students interested in pursuing ecological research or engaging in cross-disciplinary research that bridges to each of the other three Foundational Areas are strongly encourages to explore graduate work with us. 


  1. Two Introductory Science courses
  2. Two Advanced Science courses
  3. Two Quantitative courses 
  4. Two Foundation relevant courses

Courses & Other Requirements (M.S. & Ph.D) 

  1. Foundational Course: MEES 660 – Ecological Systems
  2.  One 2-3 credit course in Ethics/Responsible Conduct of Research
  3. Two 3-4 credit courses in two of the three Professional Development distribution areas   
    • Applied Environmental Sciences
    • Scientific Communication
    • Environmental Statistics
  4. One seminar for each year in residence of the program (up to 4)
  5. Elective courses approved by the student's advisory committee including at least one 700 level course. 

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