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Where The Program Can Take You

Graduate Students depart for field studies in wilderness area

Ready for the Future of Scientific Research

Increasingly, scientists are required to collaborate with organizations, researchers, and others who work outside their field. This interdisciplinary focus allows for comprehensive analysis of contemporary ecological and environmental issues. The EEB Ph.D. program will train students to use integrative approaches that draw strength from both traditional and non-traditional knowledge sets. Students will develop a new understanding of complex ecosystems, and the organisms that inhabit and interact with them, as a means for delivering actionable and understandable knowledge to our nation’s public and decision-makers.

A professor and student study grapes at a winery

Professor Marcello Serpe and student investigate grape varieties as part of a study funded by the USDA.

A key component of this program is the development of collaboration and communication skills. Students will be expected to engage with the public, media, and policymakers to increase the dissemination of scientific knowledge and to expand the implementation of science-based decision-making.  These components of the program are built upon the premise that complex processes and problems may not necessarily be understandable, or accurate actionable solutions produced, from single disciplinary perspectives.

Our students will be trained to be able to speak with members of research groups from other disciplines, stakeholder groups, such as non-governmental organizations (NGOs), agencies, government officials, community organizations, k-12 schools, etc. and the general public. Ph.D. students will be encouraged to acquire a new Digital Badge in Science Communication through Boise State’s College of Innovation and Design (COID). Biological Sciences, Geosciences, Anthropology, Human-Environment Systems, and Communications faculty will participate in the course, providing advanced communications training for Ph.D. students and stimulating research across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

What You Can Do with a Doctorate in Biology

There are many career paths and opportunities for our students upon graduation. As EEB students enter the workforce, they will be equipped to work in multiple fields including:

  • Academia
  • Federal agencies including the USGS, USFWS, BLM, and EPA
  • State agencies like Idaho Fish and Game
  • Private industry in jobs such as research scientist, biological consulting, or quantitative analysis

A Precedent of Excellence

Dr. Marc Bechard holding a golden eagle

Dr. Marc Bechard, who works in raptor research, holding a golden eagle

The EEB program joins Boise State’s highly productive biology department. The Department of Biological Sciences manages two successful MS programs in Raptor Biology and Biology, which combined have graduated more than 100 students in the last decade. The Raptor Biology Program is internationally recognized and has an excellent post-graduation rate of employment in related fields. Graduates have gone on to work at agencies including Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, Idaho Fish and Game, Environmental Protection Agency, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish & Wildlife Service, USGS and more.