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

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 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 2021

ECOL 505Foundations of Ecology3
ECOL 571Advanced Topics in Ecology2
ECOL 592Interdisciplinary Seminar in Ecology 12
ECOL 693Research Seminar1
Select 6 credits not taken elsewhere in the program from the following:6
Advanced Conservation & Evolutionary Genomics
Evolutionary Ecology
Behavioral Ecology
Theory of Population and Evolutionary Ecology
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
Select 3 credits not taken elsewhere in the program from the following:3
Ecological and Social Agent-based Modeling
Applied Econometrics
Econometric Theory I
Econometric Theory II
Computer Analysis in Population Genetics
Modeling Watershed Hydrology
Biostatistical Methods for Quantitative Data
Niche Models
Models for Ecological Data
Design of Fish and Wildlife Studies
Applied Sampling for Wildlife/Fish Studies
Sampling & Analysis Vertebrate Populations
Hierarchical Modeling in Ecology
Remote Sensing and Image Analysis
Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers
Dynamical Systems
Concepts in GIS
GIS Methods for Resource Management
Spatial Statistical Modeling-Natural Resources
Quantitative Spatial Analysis
Applied Multivariate Analysis
Modeling Ecosystem Biogeochemistry
Terrestrial Ecosystems Isotope Ecology
Design and Data Analysis for Researchers I
Design and Data Analysis for Researchers II
Introduction to Probability Theory
Stochastic Processes I
Mathematical Statistics
Data Analysis and Regression
Applied Multivariate Analysis
Topics in Statistical Methods: Sampling
Data Issues in Hydrology
Program Total Credits:72

A minimum of 72 credits are required to complete this program.