Natural Resources and Society (M.S.)
Master of Science. Major in Natural Resources.
Thesis, non-thesis, and course-based options are offered.
- Thesis programs are specifically research oriented and the student is required to conduct independent research and present the results as a thesis, which must be approved by the candidate's supervisory committee.
- Non-thesis programs are concentrated more on course work. Though research may be conducted, the candidate is not required to present the results in a formal thesis. A final report, professional paper(s), or other terminal project agreed on in advance by the advisory committee is a normal requirement under this plan. This program lends itself to projects such as recreation master plans, regional plans, area management plans, historical reviews, and the development of professional interpretive media.
- The course-based program is designed for practitioners with a focus on coursework that will prepare professionals for leadership careers in conservation.
For both the thesis and non-thesis options, after a research or other scholarly project is selected, the student must prepare for his or her committee a formal work plan and make an oral public presentation of the proposed project. The purpose of this requirement is to:
- help structure and sharpen the student's thinking and approach to the project,
- obtain the views of various knowledgeable persons that may lead to constructive modifications in the work plan,
- gain experience in making professional presentations, and
- increase communication within the academic community.