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MS Program

In collaboration with the Chicago Botanic Garden, Northwestern University offers a research thesis-based Master of Science in Plant Biology and Conservation as well as an Internship-based Master of Science in Land Management and Conservation. The degree programs aim to foster an academic and research environment that allows students to gain experience, skills, and knowledge to become scholars, leaders, or practitioners in plant biology and conservation. Graduates have a strong theoretical and methodological foundation within the fields of ecology, conservation, and evolutionary biology, together with the in-depth knowledge required to be able to identify and articulate the frontiers of scholarship and applied science within their area of specialization. As global environmental issues are complex and necessitate interdisciplinary expertise, the curriculum emphasizes a complex systems approach with the integration of multiple disciplines, and a breadth of approaches to basic and applied research as well as on local, national, and global issues. Students also have opportunities for civic engagement.

Overview of MS tracks in Plant Biology and Conservation

 Type Thesis MS Land Management non-thesis MS
Core courses PBC 450 (2 units)
PBC 451 (1 unit)
PBC 435 (1 unit)
One course from each of the following areas is recommended:
Ecology: PBC 402, or 418
Genetics: PBC 401, PBC 430, BIO 341, or BIO 378
PBC 450 (2 units)
PBC 451 (1 unit)
PBC 435 (1 unit)
PBC 402 (1 unit)
Total core: 6 units Total core: 5 units
Electives Total electives: 3 units Total electives: 4 units
Independent Study PBC 499 (2 units) NA
Total Units 11 units 9 units
Capstone Research/Thesis Internship/Project
Duration 2 – 2.5 years 1 year
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