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

The Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (GDPE) at CSU is one of the leading programs in graduate ecology education in the U.S.and the world.We have an ongoing tradition of research excellence, publication and post-graduate placement.Since its inception in 1992, GDPE has grown to become a principal organization comprised of CSU faculty and their students who catalyze cutting-edge and world-renowned ecological research performed at CSU. Our primary goal is to provide outstanding training for graduate students in the ecological sciences, and our students consistently earn recognition for their scholarship and academic achievement, and they are successfully placed in the job market upon graduation.

Effective Fall 2017

ECOL 505Foundations of Ecology3
ECOL 571Advanced Topics in Ecology2
ECOL 592Interdisciplinary Seminar in Ecology1
ECOL 693Research Seminar1
Ecology Courses 12
Group A: Organism/Population (Select a minimum 3 credits) 1
Human Origins
Chemical Ecology
Evolutionary Ecology
Ecological Plant Morphology
Behavioral Ecology
Theory of Population and Evolutionary Ecology
Reproductive Biology of Higher Plants
Genetics of Natural Populations
Community Ecology 2
Ecotoxicology
Wildlife Population Dynamics
Group B: Community/Ecosystem (Select a minimum 3 credits) 1
Culture and Environment
Human-Environment Interactions
Global Mental Health--Theory and Method
Paleoindian Archaeology
Anthropology and Global Health
Global Carbon Cycle
Landscape Ecology
Community Ecology
Ecosystem Ecology
Applications in Landscape Ecology
Biogeochemical Cycling in Ecosystems
Fire Ecology
Fisheries Ecology
Conservation Biology
Ecology of Disturbed Lands
Ecology of Grasslands and Shrublands
Group C: Quantitative/Qualitative Tools (Select a minimum 6 credits) 3
Theory of Population and Evolutionary Ecology
Models for Ecological Data
Sampling and Analysis of Vertebrate Populations
Quantitative Spatial Analysis
Survey Research and Analysis
Applied Multivariate Analysis
Qualitative Methods in Political Science
Seminar in Methods of Qualitative Analysis
Design and Data Analysis for Researchers I: R Software (STAT 511A or STAT 511B)
Design and Data Analysis for Researchers I: SAS Software
Design and Data Analysis for Researchers II
Biostatistical Methods for Quantitative Data
Electives, Independent Study, and Research 411
Program Total Credits:30

A minimum of 30 credits are required to complete this program.

1

The distribution lists contain suggestions for appropriate courses and are not complete lists. Other courses that fit within these categories may be taken to satisfy the credit requirement. This approach ensures that all students have a fundamental background in ecology while also permitting them to tailor a program to their interests. No specific distribution of ecology courses beyond the required courses is expected by GDPE; the appropriate course work is determined by the student, advisor, and committee. 

2

ECOL 600 can be used to meet either Group A or Group B requirements, but not both.

3

3 of the 6 credits must be in a qualitative methods course (Group C, either POLS 621 or SOC 610).

4

Select from a combination of elective courses, ECOL 695, ECOL 698, and ECOL 699 with approval of advisor and committee.