M.S. in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science

Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science (TCBES) Graduate Program

We are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2020. Priority application deadline for Fall 2021 is December 1, 2020. Applications will be accepted after December 1 on a rolling basis until all slots for Fall 2021 are filled. Send all application materials to hilograd@hawaii.edu

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Master of Science in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science: Available Tracks. Graduate education that focuses on environmental conservation in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems

Welcome to the Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science (TCBES) Graduate Program! The TCBES program is emerging as a center of excellence in the Pacific that is capitalizing on Hawaii’s unique natural resources that are integral to the state’s cultural, economic, and scientific enterprises, and by extension, to those of the entire nation and other Pacific nations. The TCBES Program mission is to provide MS-level graduate education that: a) fosters knowledge of theory and techniques in conservation biology and environmental sciences, including basic, applied, and socio-ecological research, and b) promotes scholarly activities in marine and terrestrial environments that will enable participants to pursue careers in research and natural resource management.

Program Description

The primary purpose of the Master of Science in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science is to provide graduate training in conservation biology and environmental science to those with baccalaureate degrees and those currently working in related scientific fields. The program will utilize the extraordinary biological, physical, and cultural complexity of the island of Hawaiʻi as a focus of investigation and study. The program will prepare students for technical positions and for entry into Ph.D. programs in related fields.

Two Plans of Study

Thesis Track
requires course work (30 credits) and a thesis of original research.
Professional Internship Track
requires course work (36 credits), a 600-hour internship, and research papers.

Core Courses (8) credits required for all M.S. TCBES students:

  • CBES 600 Conservatn Biol & Environ Sci (3)
  • CBES 601 CBES Field & Laboratory Method (3)
  • CBES 602 Research Seminar in TCBES (1)
  • CBES 603 Natural Resource Mgt Seminar (1)
  • Elective Courses

The thesis track requires that you have a faculty advisor identified to be your research mentor. It's your responsibility to contact faculty and follow up. It's very important to find someone whose research interests align with your own to ensure your success. Some ways to find potential advisors:

  • scrutinize the professors' descriptions on the TCBES website
  • use a search engine or literature database (Google Scholar, SCOPUS, etc.) to look at the faculty member's publications in the last 10 years
  • look at UHH website to see what courses the prof has taught in the last 5 years
  • email or call faculty and be specific about your research interests.

Recommended Baccalaureate Courses for Admission to the Program

  • 2 years of chemistry
  • 1 year of calculus
  • 1 course in geographic information or remote sensing
  • 1 course in statistics
  • 2 courses in life sciences
  • 2 additional courses in physical sciences

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