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Ecology ( M.S. )

1. Research Areas

  • Ecological Science
  • Ecological Engineering
  • Ecological Management

2. Program Duration and Credit

All requirements for a M.S. degree generally are met within three years of admission to degree status. Extensions may be applied by the graduate and granted by the degree committee of the college of life science. The maximum school years are not longer than 5 years (including the extension time).
For a M.S. degree, a minimum of 30 credits is required. At least 19 credits of academic courses must be included in the total credits.

3. Academic Core Courses and Introduction

Research Methods in Biology
This course offers detailed and comprehensive coverage of research methodologies for modern biological science. The course enables students to develop their critical and scientific thinking, to learn the effective strategies in conducting experiments. Course content concentrates upon key practical approaches in the study, such as designing a research project, choosing and executing appropriate methods, collecting and analyzing biological data, acquiring biomedical information from the websites. In addition, the student will be offered ample opportunity to familiarize themselves with analytical approaches by practicing software that have been developed for the analysis of complex data, drawing diagrams and citation of literatures as well as writing research article. The course is composed of lectures given by teachers and case discussion.

Experimental Techniques in Modern Biology
The course is based on innovative experiments. The graduate students are required to design an experiment about a specific topic every week. The students could manage the fundamental principles and methods through spectro photometric technique experiment, genome technology experiment, protein separation and purification technology experiment, electrophoresis experiment, chromatographic analysis experiment, heavy metal testing technology experiment, genome sequencing and microsatellite technology experiment, proteomics experiment and so on. Thus we could improve the experimental operation techniques of postgraduate students and set a good foundation for students to do their experiments well. Meanwhile the students’ scientific thought and innovation capacity would also be trained.

Genetic Engineering
Genetic engineering is the core technology of modern biological sciences. Based on molecular genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, cell biology and other disciplines, genetic engineering combines with the concept of traditional engineering, modify genetic barcodes with high efficiency by using state-of-art design and the accurate experimental operation. This course will introduce basic principles and design ideas, and some common experimental methods to the graduates. In addition, the application of genetic engineering in the medical sciences and industrial and agricultural construction, as well as the safety of genetic engineering application, are also introduced. The aims of this class are to enable students to get to know the genetic engineering, which has deeply influenced the social and economic development and has been recognized as a new discipline with the most promising developmental potentials in this century. By studying this class, students will understand the basic principle and working ideas of the genetic engineering, thus they can adapt the social demands for high technology and build up knowledge background for the future career or further scientific research.

Methodology on Ecological Research 
This course includes ecology experiment method, data collection, data analysis and mathematical modeling. Teaches experimental design and statistical methodology that is essential for ecological and environmental studies. The course takes students learn a basic approach to research on ecology, development process and have a comprehensive understanding of the current progress. Moreover, the students can learn about the basic concept of ecology research, methods and skills. Topics covered, such as the methods of molecular ecology, individual ecology, population ecology and global ecology, will allow the student to apply the necessary skills in the field, laboratory, mathematical and statistical tools.

Molecular Biology
This course focuses on the application of molecular biology technology in Ecology studies. This course is composed of four part:

  • the definition of Molecular Ecology
  • The progress of Molecular ecology
  • The current methods used in molecular ecology
  • The connection with current research projects

Molecular ecology have been used to investigate speciation, population genetic variation, epigenetic variation, ecological adaptation and mate choice. By conducting this course, Students can clearly know the current research topic.

Seminar in Ecology
The objective of this course, "seminar in ecology", is to help doctoral students to obtain the ability of scientific thinking, scientific innovation, as well as to solve practical problems by exchanging and discussing each other the current progresses in their thesis research. Course is conducted in the form of weekly seminar in the laboratory or research group as a unit. The seminar topics include:

  • Journal club: discuss the latest literatures in Ecology and know the current research topic
  • Project report: discuss the current research progress, resolve the potential problem, and increase the reasonability of current project

4. Supervisors

Xiang Ji, Lifeng Zhu, Qing Chang, Hong Li, Yanfu Qu, Zheng Huang.