Graduate Degree Program in Ecology
Ruth Hufbauer, Director
Johnson Hall 102
Phone: 970-491-4373

The Human-Environment Interactions Specialization is part of the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (GDPE), which 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 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.

Effective Fall 2019

ANTH 530Human-Environment Interactions3
ECOL 505Foundations of Ecology3
ECOL 571Advanced Topics in Ecology2
ECOL 592Interdisciplinary Seminar in Ecology2
ECOL 693Research Seminar1
Ecology Fundamentals (Select a minimum of 6 credits.) 16
Advanced Conservation & Evolutionary Genomics
Evolutionary Ecology
Behavioral Ecology
Theory of Population and Evolutionary Ecology
Reproductive Biology of Higher Plants
Genetics of Natural Populations
Community Ecology
Ecosystem Ecology
Applications in Landscape Ecology
Models for Ecological Data
Biogeochemical Cycling in Ecosystems
Wildlife Population Dynamics
Advanced Environmental Plant Stress Physiology
Human-Environment Interactions Fundamentals (Select a minimum of 3 credits) 13
Culture and Environment
Anthropology and Sustainable Development
Globalization and Culture Change
Medical Anthropology
Global Mental Health--Theory and Method
Paleoindian Archaeology
Anthropology and Global Health
Human Origins
Community-Based Natural Resource Management
International Environmental Politics
Environmental Sociology
Quantitative Ecology Tools (Select a minimum of 3 credits) 13
Remote Sensing and Image Analysis
Quantitative Spatial Analysis
Applied Multivariate Analysis
or STAT 511B
STAT 512
Biostatistical Methods for Quantitative Data
Quantitative Ecology Tools (Select a minimum of 3 credits) 13
Qualitative Research
Analysis of Variance--Education Research
Survey Research and Analysis
Qualitative Methods in Political Science
Seminar in Methods of Qualitative Analysis
Additional Electives, Independent Study, Research, and Dissertation46
Program Total Credits:72