Hood

MS Environmental Biology and Certificate in GIS Candidate: Nicole Trenholm

Tentative Course Plan 2016-2018

I understand all classes are not guaranteed to be offered during the following semesters. Acceptance to the fellowship may delay my first full-time semester at Hood. Below, I have a course plan to satisfy program requirements and potential deficiencies.

I recognize there may be some deficiencies in my undergraduate transcript so I have listed additional classes to take in addition to the MS and Certificate requirements. Though I took 3 lab based chemistry’s, 1 lab based biology, and a math my grades did not reflect my eventual passion for learning about the environment as I had not discovered my path at the time of enrollment in those classes. If Hood demands that I repeat those type of classes below are some preferred classes I believe would prepare me and pair well within the intended graduate track.

Additional pre-requisites courses preferred to take at Hood if deemed necessary:

  • Bio-348- Tropical Marine Ecology (note: I have been invited to work at a tropical fruit farmland in the Abacos on Manjack Key for a month this year and would love to pair this with the responsibilities of the Tropical Marine Ecology course. I had planned to study and potentially sample the coastal environment for the onslaught of marine debris amongst the mangroves, corals and washed up on the beaches. To pursue this opportunity, I would need to know if this undergraduate course could count as a Biology pre-requisite and if I can complete the course independent of routine class lecture and in the field.
  • Bio-119 Biology of Marine Organisms
  • Math 112- Applied Statistics- I did not receive a B in my undergraduate Math course and have identified this course as a practical math class to take at Hood to meet the needs for an academic understanding of statistics.
  • Chem-401 Environmental Chemistry-

Below is a tentative Graduate Schedule without delay from Fellowship participation and without my participation in summer 2017’s field season. Though this schedule shows me completing the program by Spring/Summer of 2008 the likelihood is that I will have to postpone a full-time semester or schedule a part-time semester dragging the program out to 3-4 years due to my responsibilities with Ocean Research Project. I will know 6 months in advance if I will be planning on full or part time semesters notifying the department of my objective to apply for a graduate assistantship for each year.

Fall 2018:

Bio-348

Tropical Marine Ecology (3)

 

Spring 2017: (Re-locate to Hood if not accepted to Fellowship)

513

Marine Ecology (3)

505

Biostatistics (3)

503

Pollution Biology (3)

Fall 2017:

Bio-119

Biology of Marine Organisms (4)

501

Into Envi Bio/Principles of Ecology (3)

524C

Algal Systems & Exp Methods (1)

524B

Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Identification (1)

 

Either Summer 2017 and/or Summer 2018:

Math-112

Applied Statistics (3)

Bio-348

Tropical Marine Ecology (if cant take sooner) (3)

528A

Intro to Aquaculture (3)

526G

Intro to GIS (1)

526H

Intro to GIS Analysis (1)

522A

Sampling Aquatic Environment (1)

 

Fall 2018:

515

Research Design & Data Analysis (3)

502

Principles of Ecology (3)

578 or 577

Climate Change (3)

 

Spring 2018:

507

Natural Resource Management (3)

579

Independent Research (3)

 

Semesters with 9 credits or more I would apply for Graduate Assistantship opportunities to allow me to support tuition costs and to help me better meet my graduate study objectives. I will be excited to know how well my preferred study plan meets Hood’s requirements.