Curriculum

Requirements for M.S. Degree in ECS

Each M.S. student will complete a minimum of 16 didactic course credits plus ECS graduate seminar (1 credit; taken near the defense). The didactic credits must include at least one ECS cross-disciplinary course (3 credits) and UNIV 720-Scientific Integrity (1 credit). Pre-approved cross-disciplinary courses are listed in the curriculum document, however other courses that are clearly outside the student’s home discipline may be used upon approval by the student’s advisory committee and the ECS Director. 

Thirty credits are required for an Environmental and Conservation Sciences M.S. degree, including 6-10 thesis credits.

Requirements for Ph.D. Degree in ECS

Each Ph.D. student will complete at least 27 credits of didactic courses plus the ECS graduate seminar (1 credit; taken near the defense). The didactic courses will include 2 cross-disciplinary courses (6 credits) and UNIV 720-Scientific Integrity (1 credit). Pre-approved cross-disciplinary courses are listed in the curriculum document, however other courses that are clearly outside the student’s home discipline may be used upon approval by the student’s advisory committee and the ECS Director. Ph.D. students may count one “tools” course as a cross-disciplinary course (see Research Tools Section), but the other cross-disciplinary course must be a concept-based course.

For students entering the program with a Master’s Degree or previous graduate coursework, up to 12 credits of previous graduate work can transfer and be counted toward the 27 credits. Students may include a transfer course to substitute for one of the two required cross-disciplinary courses, but the proposed cross-disciplinary course must be approved by the advisor and program director. Such transferred credits must be approved by the student’s advisory committee, the program director and the NDSU registrar. The student must earn no fewer than 60 graduate credits at NDSU, including 15 didactic credits at the 700-800 level.

A total of 90 credits are required for a Ph.D. degree in Environmental and Conservation Sciences.