MS Raptor Biology

The Master of Science in Raptor Biology is designed for students, holding or expecting a bachelor’s degree in one of the disciplines of the biological sciences, to enhance their knowledge and understanding of raptor biology and ecology. The Snake River Birds of Prey Natural Area, with the largest concentration of nesting raptors in North America, is a unique resource for the study of raptor biology and ecology. Furthermore, the Intermountain Bird Observatory, a trapping and banding station, offers opportunities to study raptor migration. Raptor biologists working for state, federal, and private organizations located in Boise offer additional expertise and research opportunities. The Raptor Research Center at Boise State supports the graduate program and research on raptors.

The M.S. in Raptor Biology is a research-based degree. The M.S. candidate will complete a thesis based on original research carried out by the student. Ideally, the thesis should make a significant contribution to the body of scientific knowledge and be of sufficient quality to warrant publication in a peer-reviewed journal. M.S. students are expected to produce a written thesis proposal and give an oral presentation of that proposal during their first year and, following completion of the thesis, give an oral defense of the thesis, and an exit seminar to present the results to the public. Completion of a degree program requires an average grade of B or better for all courses applied to the 30 credits required. All requirements for the degree and graduation must be completed within a period of seven years.

Master of Science in Raptor Biology

Course Number and TitleCredits
BIOL 601 Biometry
BIOL 605 Applied Raptor Biology
BIOL 606 Raptor Ecology
BIOL 598 Graduate Seminar  OR BIOL 561-567 “Advanced Topics in” courses2
BIOL 593 Thesis6
Electives from course offerings that follow:Electives may include a maximum of six credits of Directed Research, must be approved by the student’s thesis committee, and may not include workshop, pass/fail, or practicum/internship credits.13

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