This is an intercollegiate, Master of Science degree program co-administered by the College of Natural Resources, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and College of Veterinary Medicine. A minor is required.
Past Master of Science in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology student thesis topics have focused on such areas as:
- Effects of a Dynamic Forest Structure on Vital Rates, Behavior and the Seasonal Molt of the Snowshoe Hare.
- Valuation of Wildlife Species in North Carolina.
- Resident Canada Goose Abundance and Occurrence at Variable Spatial Extents.
- Human Perceptions of Coyotes in Urban North Carolina.
- Relation of Fish Intersex and Survival to Contaminants in a Riverine System
- Using Occupancy Models to Estimate Temporal and Spatial Variation in Seabird Distributions.
- Canid Collision — Range Expansion by Coyotes (Canis latrans) and Crab-eating Foxes (Cerdocyon thous) in Panama and Interpretation of Camera Trap Data.
For a look at other topics graduate students have pursued, please visit the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Library of the NC State Graduate School.
Please note that this is an interdisciplinary degree program. Students who pursue specific aspects of fisheries, wildlife, and conservation biology are supervised by FWCB Program faculty from several departments, and reside in the department of their major professor.
Declaring A Minor
Master of Science in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology candidates must declare a minor within any established curriculum at NCSU or as an interdisciplinary minor. A minor generally consists of at least nine graduate credits approved by your advisory committee’s minor faculty member. The courses must be taken during your degree program and all must be within a given curriculum or among the appropriate departments to satisfy a logical interdisciplinary minor.
The Master of Science in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology degree requires a minimum of 30 credits, including one to two hours of seminar and no more than six hours of research. A thesis is required. Further requirements may be imposed by the advisory committee.
The seminar requirement for MS students, regardless of the department in which they reside, is to take FW 602 at least once. Substitutions and/or additional seminar requirements must be approved by the student’s graduate committee. Students can take FW 602 a maximum of two times for credit, and additional times without credit.