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Master of Science in Conservation and Restoration Ecology

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Description of the Program

The Master of Science in Conservation and Restoration Ecology (MS CaRE) is a specialized graduate degree program that is responsive to the growing concerns on environmental issues such as climate change, habitat loss, deforestation, flooding and other disasters, and biodiversity decline – global issues that are also significantly affecting natural ecosystems and human communities in the Philippines. The MS CaRE program covers multidisciplinary topics relevant to conservation and restoration such as ecosystems ecology, microbial ecology, disturbance ecology, ecophysiology, indigenous resource management, environmental laws, and environmental economics. The program is research-oriented and is designed for practitioners in the natural sciences, government planners, environment development officers, corporate social responsibility managers, managers of forest and marine reserves, and other stakeholders. Graduates of this degree program will potentially pursue careers in ecological and environmental monitoring and research, natural resource conservation and management, ecosystem restoration, and environmental consulting. They may also pursue PhD courses in related fields.

Program Goals

Graduates of MS CaRE are envisioned to be:
  • competent environmental biologists who can lead and
    undertake projects in conservation, assessment,
    monitoring, and restoration of degraded ecosystems;
  • trained to carry out research in conservation and restoration ecology; and,
  • ready to pursue Ph.D. courses in related fields.

PROGRAM COURSES AND STRUCTURE

DESCRIPTION OF COURSES

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • Core Courses
    • 27 units - MM 201, 202, 203, 220, 222, 230, 240, 291.1, and 291.2
  • Elective Courses
    • 9 units - MM 250, 290, 292, 293, 294, 295, 296, 298*, and 299

*May be taken for credit twice; student may take a maximum of two different special topics.

  • Comprehensive Examination

Core Courses (15 units)

CRE 260 Theories, Principles and Applications of Conservation and Restoration Ecology*
CRE 261 Disturbance Ecology*
CRE 265 Advanced Biogeography*
CRE 230 GIS and Mapping for Ecology*
CRE 299 Design and Analysis of Laboratory and Field Experiments 3

Electives (6 units)

CRE 220 Environmental Microbiology*
CRE 224 Biological Responses to Environmental Stress*
CRE 262 Conservation and Restoration Ecology in Marine Ecosystems*
CRE 263 Conservation and Restoration Ecology in Terrestrial Ecosystems *
CRE 264 Conservation and Restoration Ecology in Freshwater Ecosystems*
CRE 266 Landscape Ecology*
CRE 297 Special Topics in Conservation and Restoration Ecology

Other Required Courses (14 units)

CRE 283 Ethical, Legal and Social Issues on the Environment
CRE 281 Indigenous Management of Resources*
CRE 298 Seminar
CRE 300 Master's Thesis*


* Courses with field/lab methods & techniques
** Relevant courses of the UP System that may be taken with the consent of the Graduate Program Committee

PROGRAM CONTENT AND STRUCTURE

For Full-Time Students (12 units per semester)

First Year

Second Year

First Semester

  • CRE 260
  • CRE 261
  • CRE 265
  • CRE 230

Second Semester

  • CRE 283
  • CRE 281
  • CRE 299
  • Elective

First Semester

  • Elective
  • CRE 298

Second Semester

  • CRE 300

For Part-time Students (9 units per semester)

First Year

Second Year

First Semester

  • CRE 260
  • CRE 261
  • CRE 230

Second Semester

  • CRE 265
  • CRE 299
  • Elective

First Semester

  • CRE 281
  • CRE 283
  • CRE 298

Second Semester

  • Elective
  • CRE 300

For Part-Time Students (6 units per semester)

First Year

Second Year

Third Year

First Semester

  • CRE 260
  • CRE 230

Second Semester

  • CRE 261
  • CRE 299

First Semester

CRE 265
CRE 283

Second Semester

  • CRE 298
  • Elective

First Semester

  • Elective
  • CRE 281

Second Semester

  • CRE 300

Graduation Requirements

To qualify for graduation, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. complete a minimum of twenty-seven (27) units of course work, 2 units of seminar course and 6 units of Master’s thesis;
  2. maintain a Cumulative Weighted Average Grade (CWAG) of “2.0” or better in his/her graduate courses at the end of each academic year;
  3. successfully defend a Master’s Thesis;
  4. submit at least five (5) bound copies and 3 soft copies (in CDs) of the certified and approved Master’s Thesis; and,
  5. submit a publishable form of a research paper based on the MS thesis (student as lead author) to a peer-reviewed or ISI/SCOPUS-listed

Faculty Information

Austria, Celia M.
M.S. Zoology
(Ecology and Parasitology)
University of the Philippines, 1981


Indong, Rocel Amor O.
Ph.D. Molecular Biomedical Sciences
and Biotechnology
Graz University of Technology Austria, 2016


Balangcod, Teodora D.
Ph.D. Botany
(Plant Ecology)
University of the Philippines, 2009


Baculi, Ronan Q.
M.S. Microbiology
(Microbial Ecology)
University of the Philippines, 2013

Baoanan, Zenaida G.
Ph.D. Biology
(Ecology and Taxonomy)
University of the Philippines, 2007
Post Doc (Culture and Propagation of Cone Snails)
University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA


Calugay, Ronie J.
Ph.D. Molecular Biomedical Sciences &
Biotechnology
Tokyo University of Agriculture &
Technology, Japan, 2006
Post Doc (Anti-Cancer Research)
University of California, Berkeley, USA


Dizon, Romeo M.
Ph.D. Marine Science
(Marine Ecology)
University of the Philippines, 2005
Post Doc (Coral Restoration)
University of the Philippines/University
of Newcastle, UK/University of Hawaii

Gutierrez, Rosemary M.
Ph.D. Biology
(Cell Biology and Microbiology)
University of the Philippines, 2006
Post Doc (Restoration of Degraded Land
Areas)
Pennsylvania State University, USA


Hipol, Roland M.
Ph.D. Botany
(Plant-Fungi Interactions)
University of the Philippines, 2014


Magtoto, Liezel M.
Masters in Biological Sciences
(Plant Taxonomy)
Saint Louis University, 2009


Reginaldo, Aris A.
M.S. Zoology
(Vertebrate Biology and Parasitology)
Pursuing Ph.D. in Biology
University of the Philippines, 2011