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Course Curriculum

The program will provide curriculum that includes the following:

  • Experience in core ecological and evolutionary principles underlying conservation and restoration
  • Interdisciplinary training in the earth and environmental sciences important for a modern perspective on system-based conservation and restoration
  • Training in professional skills required for effective practice and success in leadership positions in non-profit, institute, for-profit, and agency settings
  • Research experiences in community-engaged research projects to build bridges between communities of research capacity (universities, institutes, agencies) and need (non-profits, land management agencies, private land-holders, and governments)
  • Exposure to social, political, and economic principles that guide the application of science to conservation and restoration

The MCRS is a 2-year program, consisting of 6 full time quarters (each 12 units).  The 72 total units are broken down as follows:

  • Core content courses: 18 units
  • Topical electives: 16 units
  • Technical and professional skills courses: 18 units
  • Technical and professional workshops: 8 units
  • Group Capstone Project: 12 units

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Sample Program:

First Year

Fall Quarter

  • Intro to Conservation and Restoration Science (EE203B – 2 units)
  • Special Topics in Ecology (EE205 – 4 units)
  • Quantitative Methods (EE207 – 4 units)
  • Professional Workshop 1 (2 units)

Winter Quarter

  • Conservation Biology (EE260 – 4 units)
  • Geographic Information Systems (ESS 134- 4 units)
  • Science Communication and Outreach (EE263 – 2)
  • Professional Workshop 2 (2 units)

Spring Quarter

  • Restoration Ecology (EE261 – 4 units)
  • Conservation and Restoration Field Methods (EE262L – 4 units)
  • Technical Writing (EE264 – 2 units)
  • Project Management (EE265 – 2 units)

Summer

  • Internship Program

Second Year

Fall Quarter

  • Ecosystem Ecology (ESS 264 – 4 units)
  • Elective course 1 (4 units)
  • Professional Workshop 3 (2 units)
  • MCRS Capstone (2 units)

Winter Quarter

  • Elective course 2 (4 units)
  • Elective course 3 (4 units)
  • MCRS Capstone (4 units)

Spring Quarter

  • Elective course 4 (4 units)
  • Professional Workshop 4 (2 units)
  • MCRS Capstone (6 units)