P.S.M. Conservation Biology

Do you want to preserve the species, habitats, and ecosystems in our world?
Degree Type Professional Science Masters
Careers & Salaries Career Outcomes
Delivery Online

UW-Stout's online Professional Science Masters (PSM) degree in Conservation Biology combines flexible coursework and a diverse research focus to address the human impact on threatened and endangered species, habitats and ecosystems around the world.

Our nationally recognized faculty will train you to evaluate and understand conservation practices in ecology, biodiversity, fisheries, watershed management, native species and habitats, global climate change, environmental laws and regulations and natural resource management.

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100% of coursework is online - Take classes anywhere, anytime.

Our graduates work as professionals in conservation biology, environmental science, cellular and molecular biology, aquatic and marine science for public and private businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. The unique 18-month distance-learning program prepares you to:

  • Articulate the causes and consequences of anthropogenic disturbances on biodiversity
  • Research and critically interpret scientific literature to formulate hypotheses
  • Develop scientific foundational knowledge of current issues and problems
  • Apply contemporary analytical and experimental design techniques
  • Analyze and predict responses of biological communities to past and future disturbances
  • Assess the potential of conservation strategies to help protect biodiversity
  • Organize and work with diverse stakeholders to address environmental concerns

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Tuition & Fees

Customized Instruction at UW Stout can be described as programs that are designed with the adult learner in mind. If you're comparing UW-Stout's customized instruction tuition to our competitors, keep in mind:

  • $596 per graduate creditcustomized instruction tuition rate includes the textbook rental fee.
  • There are no additional university-based semester or technology fees.
  • Students in customized instruction programs pay the same rate of tuition regardless if Wisconsin residents, out-of-state or international participants.

Value of Your Money

There’s more to value than just tuition. UW Stout also provides:

  • Program Director – faculty with discipline expertise.
  • Student Services adviser – one point of contact, providing support to students for each program.
  • Course sequences and matrices – know what courses are offered when so you can plan ahead.
  • Courses and programs may be stackable for use in another program.
  • Courses are flexible and convenient for working professionals.

Other universities will present costs and value differently - make sure you're comparing apples to apples.

Admission Requirements

General UW-Stout Graduate School Application

All prospective graduate students at UW-Stout must follow a standard application process through our Graduate School. Beyond that, each graduate program has specific requirements that must be met to be successfully admitted to the program:

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

Eligibility

To be admitted to the P.S.M. Conservation Biology program, you must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental science or a science-related field from an accredited institution.
  • Have earned a GPA of at least 3.0.

Those with a non-science related degree may be admitted if one of the three following conditions are met:

  • Completion of minimum competency course(s) with a grade of B or better,
  • Evidence of equivalent courses,
    or
  • Evidence of professional knowledge in this area. 
Objectives & Outcomes

Program Objectives

A key distinction of the Professional Science Master's degree program is the combination of rigorous scientific theory and skill with training and experience in management and communication skills necessary for a successful professional career. Graduates of the program will have advanced scientific skills and will be able to work effectively with business and industry.

The program combines a rigorous science curriculum with other opportunities to prepare graduates who will demonstrate:

  • strong communication skills in writing and oral presentation,
  • project management skills,
  • a multi/interdisciplinary understanding of organizational goals (e.g., profits, missions),
  • a familiarity with the commercialization profession,
  • the transfer of knowledge into process or process innovation, and
  • a deep understanding and application of ethical considerations.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of biodiversity conservation
  • Articulate (via written and oral means) the causes and consequences of anthropogenic disturbances on biodiversity
  • Contrast different viewpoints from diverse stakeholders, including industry stakeholders, as they relate to conservation issues
  • Research and critically interpret scientific literature to formulate hypotheses and develop a strong working scientific foundational knowledge of current issues and problems
  • Apply contemporary analytical and experimental design techniques
  • Analyze responses of biological communities to past disturbances
  • Predict responses of biological communities to future disturbances
  • Assess the potential of conservation strategies to help protect biodiversity
  • Recommend possible mitigation strategies
  • Organize and work with diverse stakeholders to address environmental concerns
PSMCB Advisory Board

2019 PSMCB Advisory Board

Michael Bessert Professor of Biology, Program Director UW-Stout Biology Department
Sara Anger Senior Student Service Specialist (ex officio) UW-Stout Online
Christina Basch Noxius Weed Eradication Specialist (PSM graduate) Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Julie Beston Assistant Professor UW-Stout Biology Department
Keith Gilland Assistant Professor UW-Stout Biology Department
Sarah Hagedorn Animal Facility Manager (PSM graduate) UW-Oshkosh Department of Biology
Bill James Distinguished Scientist (Limnology) UW-Stout Biology Department/Discovery Center
Innisfree McKinnon Associate Professor UW-Stout Social Science Department
Gindy Neidermeyer Associate Dean UW-Stout College of STEMM
Lindsay Olson Water Quality Specialist Land and Water Conservation Division - Dunn County
Buzz Sorge Lake Management Planner (retired) Wisconsin DNR
Rob Strand Forester Wisconsin DNR
Ka Ying Vang Soil Conservationist USDA - Dunn County
Anna Varian Environmental Scientist (fish conservation) Stantec - Minneapolis
Jay Walker Executive Director Great Lakes Aquarium, Duluth MN
Sandy White Outreach Program Manager III UW-Stout Online
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