Graduate Degree Program in Ecology
Alan Knapp, Interim Director
Johnson Hall 104
Phone: 970-491-4373
Email: Ecology@colostate.edu
ecology.colostate.edu

The Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (GDPE) offers outstanding opportunities for graduate studies in basic and applied aspects of ecology. Any graduate student enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree program with a major advisor who is a member of the GDPE faculty may participate in this university-wide, interdisciplinary Ecology program, which offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Ecology. The program is a cooperative effort among over 155 faculty members from 17 departments and 6 colleges of the University who share a common interest in ecology.

The primary goal of the program is to provide basic training in current ecological methods, theories, concepts, controversies, and applications by drawing together individuals and synthesizing knowledge from a wider variety of traditional disciplinary areas of science.

Through the cooperation of the many academic departments and government agencies, the program offers a wide array of facilities, field research sites, equipment, and support services. Because of its location, one of the University’s greatest resources is its accessibility to a wide variety of field study sites. Nearby major habitats include: shortgrass steppe and mixed grass prairies; sagebrush steppe; montane and subalpine meadows, forests; southwestern deserts; alpine peaks; river and lake systems; and numerous agroecosystems.

Master's Programs

Ph.D.

ECOL 505  Foundations of Ecology  Credits: 3 (2-0-1)

Course Description: Overview of the science of ecology; what questions are asked, how they are answered.
Prerequisite: LAND 220 or LIFE 320 or NR 220 or LIFE 220.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

ECOL 571  Advanced Topics in Ecology  Credits: Var[1-3] (0-0-0)

Course Description: Current research topics presented and analyzed by visiting scientists.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: One course in ecological principles.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

ECOL 592  Interdisciplinary Seminar in Ecology  Credits: Var[1-3] (0-0-0)

Course Description: Concepts and principles of basic and applied ecology in an interdisciplinary context.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: One 300- or 400-level course in ecology.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

ECOL 600  Community Ecology  Credits: 3 (2-0-1)

Course Description: Current theories and tests of the dynamics and regulation of plant and animal communities.
Prerequisite: (STAT 100 to 499 - at least 1 course) and (MATH 141 or MATH 155 to 161 - at least 1 course or MATH 255 to 261 - at least 1 course) and (LAND 220 or LIFE 320 or NR 220 or LIFE 220).
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Registration Information: Must register for lecture and recitation.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

ECOL 610  Ecosystem Ecology  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Concepts, methods, issues in ecosystem science: energy and matter cycling; systems perspectives, simulation modeling, sustainability, global change.
Prerequisite: LIFE 320 or ECOL 000 to 9999 - at least 1 course.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Term Offered: Fall (even years).
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

ECOL 620  Applications in Landscape Ecology  Credits: 4 (2-2-1)

Course Description: Spatial patterning of landscape elements and dynamics of ecological systems; spatial heterogeneity. Influence on biotic and abiotic processes.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Registration Information: Must register for lecture, laboratory, and recitation. Previous coursework in geographic information systems, ecology, statistics, and mathematics.
Term Offered: Fall (even years).
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

ECOL 693  Research Seminar  Credit: 1 (0-0-1)

Course Description: Critique of research programs, plans, and ecological theory.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Registration Information: Written consent of instructor.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: S/U Sat/Unsat Only.
Special Course Fee: No.

ECOL 695  Independent Study  Credits: Var[1-18] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

ECOL 698  Research  Credits: Var[1-18] (0-0-0)

Course Description: Non-thesis research in ecology.
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

ECOL 699  Thesis  Credits: Var[1-18] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

ECOL 799  Dissertation  Credits: Var[1-18] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.