The M.S. in applied biological sciences is designed to prepare students who are technically proficient in the laboratory and the field, who know the technical literature in their field of research, who are articulate in oral and written communication and who understand the societal and policy implications of their work. Knowledge and skills learned prepare students for careers as biologists, natural resource managers, environmental consultants, other professional areas or doctoral studies.The degree is supported by faculty with backgrounds in: Biotechnology. Ecological restoration. Environmental biotechnology. Environmental policy. Plant systematics. Urban horticulture. Wildlife biology. All students are required to complete a core of graduate courses, conduct a research project under the direction of a faculty member and prepare and defend a research thesis.