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Program Requirements

  • Students must successfully complete 37/38 credit hours, including a non-thesis project of three credit hours for their internship. The internship can be completed at environmental consulting firms or with federal or state agencies including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Of the 37/38 credit hours, 3 credits each will be for Business Ethics course, and Personnel Development, Management and Evaluation course. Both courses will be used to fulfill the business management and leadership training requirements of the program. The professional communications skills component will be acquired through a four (4) credit hour course in Scientific Communications.

    Course Offerings: Courses will be taught online by UMES faculty and scientists from NOAA and other Universities affiliated with the Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center.

    Course Requirements
    Core Courses
    1) Non-thesis Research Project (as part of internship requirement)  - 3 credits
    2) Fish Stock Assessment  - 3 credits
    3) Risk and Decision Analysis  - 3 credits
    4) Scientific Communications  - 4 credits
    5) Personnel Development, Management and Evaluation  - 3 credits
    6) Business Ethics  - 3 credits

    Total  19 credits
    Quantitative Fisheries Track  
    Required Courses  
    1) Population Dynamics      - 3 credits
    2) Fish Ecology  - 3 credits
    3) Multivariate Statistics  - 3 credits
     4) Fisheries Survey Sampling  - 3 credits
    5) Bayesian Statistics or Advanced Fisheries Modeling  - 3 credits
    6) Fisheries/Natural Resources Computer Programming or Ecosystem Modeling Applied to Fisheries Management or Introduction to Environmental and Resource Economics  - 3 credits

    Total  18 credits
    Resource Economics Track  
    Required Courses  
    1) Research Methods in Environmental & Natural Resources Economics       - 3 credits
    2) Economics of Renewable Resources  - 3 credits
    3) Econometrics  - 4 credits
    4) Marine Resource Economics and Policy  - 3 credits
    5) Advanced Microeconomic Theory  - 3 credits
    6) Bayesian Statistics or Institutional and Behavioral Economics or Advanced Environmental and Resource Economics  - 3 credits

    Total  19 credits