The Frostburg State University Master's in Biology Program includes two foundation areas: Applied Ecology & Conservation Biology, and Wildlife/Fisheries Biology.
Applied Ecology & Conservation Biology
With courses including nature reserve design and ethics, economics, and politics in conservation, students will explore local and global challenges of conflicts between human development and conservation of biodiversity and study the effects of human activities and natural processes on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems at multiple scales. In this Frostburg State University Master's in Biology Program, students can choose from two educational tracks—conservation biology or landscape and watershed ecology—to narrow their focus as they work with fellow students, federal fish and wildlife agencies, private industry, and nongovernmental agencies.
Study areas include aquaculture, aquatic ecology, terrestrial ecology, conservation biology, management techniques, population biology, evolutionary ecology, aquatic toxicology, habitat analysis or systematics, and systems modeling. Students will participate in fieldwork, analyze and model vertebrate population phenomena and interactions among populations, and complete extensive research to be presented at a public seminar. Students will also explore methods and experiences of instruction in the introductory biology laboratory, including stimulating interest, presenting pre-lab instruction, conducting laboratory exercises, generating discussion, writing quizzes and laboratory practical examinations, and assessing student performance.