The graduate program in Natural Resources is designed to provide students with the knowledge and experience necessary to address natural resource problems and to carry out scientific investigations including design, implementation, and evaluation of research in their specific area of study. While it is designed to provide and in-depth understanding of the student's particular area of emphasis, it is also intended to develop an appreciation for the interdisciplinary character of natural resource problems. Each candidate for the degree is required to consult with an appropriate faculty committee and to prepare an individualized program of study which must be approved by that committee.
The Natural Resources Graduate Program includes four options (one of which must be specified on the application). The options are Environmental Science & Management, Fisheries, Forestry Watershed & Wildland Sciences, and Wildlife.
The Fisheries program is designed primarily to produce graduates who can assess, develop, and manage fish habitats, populations, and commercial and recreational fisheries. The program is broad enough to allow students to prepare themselves for work in additional areas such as water pollution ecology and fish culture.
FISH 310  Ichthyology
FISH 460  Adv. Fish Conservation & Management
FISH 558  Fish Population Dynamics
FISH 685  Graduate Fisheries Seminar
FISH 690 [1-4] Thesis (units as below)
FISH 695 [1-4] Research Problems in Fisheries (units as below)
Approved Electives Approved upper division and graduate electives to bring total units to no fewer than 30 and no more than 60 units. At least half of these units must be courses organized and conducted at the graduate level.
During the first four semesters at HSU, all graduate students shall enroll in three units each of FISH 690 and FISH 695. In all subsequent semesters in residence, students shall enroll in at least one unit each of FISH 690 and FISH 695.
Culminating Experience A thesis, a public oral presentation, and a closed formal defense are required.
Admission Requirements Applicants must possess preparation equivalent to the baccalaureate degree. Adequate academic preparation can best be demonstrated by a baccalaureate degree in the chosen option or in a closely related field. Applicants who lack adequate preparation may be required to make up academic deficiencies through additional course work. Such course work may not be used toward the graduate degree.
Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last sixty undergraduate units. Applicants with extensive work experience, exceptional GPA, or GRE scores may be reconsidered by appeal to the department faculty to the Graduate Advisory Council through the Graduate Coordinator. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are required for all applicants. Mean GRE scores of recent applicants accepted to the Natural Resources graduate program were 155 GRE Verbal and 151 GRE Quantitative. Please refer to the College of Natural Resources & Sciences website at cnrs. humboldt.edu or contact CNRSmast@ humboldt.edu for additional information.