TROPICAL CONSERVATION BIOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
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 provides Masters-level graduate education in the areas of conservation biology, environmental science, ecology, evolution, genetics and geospatial analyses.
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 the field. 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.
Plan A requires course work (30 credits) and a thesis of original research. Plan B requires course work (36 credits), an 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 1:
- Plan A: 16 elective credits of 600-level CBES courses.
- Plan B: 25 elective credits of 600-level CBES courses.
1 A maximum of 6 credits of 400-level courses may count toward these elective credits.
- CBES 609 Theory/Apps Landscape Ecology (3)
- CBES 610 Environmental Chem Analysis (3)
- CBES 615 Global Environmental Change (3)
- CBES 620 Rrsch Techniq Molecular C Biol (3)
- CBES 630 Nearshore Monitoring & Analysi (3)
- CBES 633 Biodiversity (3)
- CBES 635 Physical Environment of Ecosys (3)
- CBES 640 Adv Remote Sensing/Digital Ima (3)
- CBES 645 Apply Social Sci to Marine/Coa (3)
- CBES 650 Oceanographic Monitoring & Ana (3)
- CBES 665 Environmental Toxicology (3)
- CBES 660 Molecular Ecology (3)
- CBES 670 Geog Info Sys & Visualization (3)
- CBES 675 Conservation Genetics (3)
- CBES 677 Quantitative Ecology (3)
- CBES 680 Adv Stats Analysis & Rsrch Des (3)
- CBES 681 Spatial Data Analysis/Modeling (3)
- CBES 685 Behavioral Ecol & Evol Analyse (3)
- CBES 690 Internship (3)
- CBES 694 Special Topics in Subject Matter (To Be Arranged)
- CBES 699 Directed Studies (To Be Arranged)
- CBES 700 Thesis Research (1–6)
- A baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution or from a nationally-recognized foreign institution.
- Communicate with a potential advisor(s) from the list of participating faculty with similar research interests. In the personal statement, list advisor(s) from the TCBES faculty who agrees to sponsor the application and to serve as primary advisor upon acceptance to the program.
- A minimum combined verbal and quantitative score of 1000 on the General Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
- Three letters of recommendation submitted by references who have observed or supervised the applicant’s performance and are able to comment on the quality of the applicant’s academic achievement, ability to pursue graduate study, and general character.
- Grade point average of 3.0 (on a scale where A = 4.0) or the equivalent in the last four semesters of approximately 60 semester credits of undergraduate work and/or in all post-baccalaureate work.
Note: In special circumstances acceptance may be granted at the discretion of the selection committee for those students who meet some, but not all, the above requirements.
Note: 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
M.S. TCBES Application Check List
(Reminder: Priority application deadline is December 1)
- Completed UH Hilo Graduate application form
- Personal statement of objectives
- Application fee
- Official transcripts from all colleges or universities (must be received directly from the institution, or in a sealed envelope if submitted with your application)
- General Test, Graduate Record Exam
- Three Letters of Recommendation received at UH Hilo by December 1
- Official TOEFL score report, if required
- Verification of financial status (for international applicants) (see Forms)
Last updated: February 2017