SUNY Oneonta

Master of Science (M.S.) in Lake Management

Department of Biology

Department phone number: (607) 436-3703

FAX: (607) 436-3646

Website: http://www.oneonta.edu/academics/grad-ed/lake_mgmt.asp

Faculty: Jeffrey Heiveil Chair, Nancy Bachman, Willard N. Harman, Vicky Lentz, Carolyn Nersesian, Florian Reyda, Sean Robinson, Keith Schillo, Donna Vogler, Jennifer Withington, David Wong, Kiyoko Yokota, Fredrick Zalatan

Program purposes and philosophy: The purpose of the Lake Management program, which will take full advantage of the natural resources and infrastructure at the College’s Biological Field Station near Cooperstown, NY, and a newly renovated science building on campus, is to train students for careers as Lake Managers capable of modifying the character and quality of our aquatic resources to meet the concerns of water providers, lakeside municipalities, recreational lake users, as well as improving the quality of life of those who live, work and play on our tens of thousands of inland lakes, ponds, reservoirs and the streams tributary to them. Degree recipients will meet the requirements to apply for certification as Lake Manager (CLM) or Lake Professional (CLP) by the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS).

Admission Requirements

All students applying for admission to degree status are required to:

  1. Submit a completed application and the non-refundable fee.
  2. Submit an official transcript of an earned Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college with at least 20 s.h. in Biology.
  3. Have achieved an undergraduate gpa of 3.0 in the major field.
  4. Submit three letters of recommendation.
  5. Submit the official scores from the GRE General Test.

Admission is competitive and meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee acceptance.

Non-degree students should not enroll in more than 9 s.h. of graduate courses before applying to a degree program.

No more than 16 s.h. may be transferred into this program from another college. Courses with grades of "B-" through "F" are not transferable.

Degree Requirements: M.S. in Lake Management

  1. At least 32 s.h. of approved courses beyond the baccaureate degree including: a minimum of 20 s.h. of approved graduate course work in Biology excluding thesis, seminar, independent/directed study, and internship. A minimum of 6 credits of Biol 698 Thesis, and up to a maximum of 12 credits of thesis, seminar, independent/directed study, or internship must be completed.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0.
  3. Diagnostic Examination.
  4. Research Thesis, with an Oral Comprehensive Exam and Defense.

All College policies and procedures found in this Graduate Catalog will apply to students enrolled in this program.

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