Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve

MS Interdisciplinary Studies: Wildland Management

Program Information

The Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST) program provides students a unique opportunity to create their own MS degree by drawing from at least two distinct disciplines rather than one single discipline to accommodate their academic, professional, and personal goals that otherwise were not offered by the University.

The MS Interdisciplinary Studies: Wildland Management Program

The MS Interdisciplinary Studies: Wildland Management Program provides students with the opportunity to design unique courses of study leading to the MS degree in Wildland Management. With the exponentially growing need for forest/land management, students can taper their degree to fit their career pursuits in this field. This dictates that core courses be drawn from a multitude of academic areas rather than from a single discipline.

Interested in learning more? Please reach out to the program coordinators at

How to Apply? (Deadline May 1, 2024)

Project Topics of Current and Past Students

Corridoni, Cassie (2023). Bird Diversity Post-fire in Butte Creek Ecological Preserve (PDF)

de Terra, Lauren (2023). Building Community and Regional Wildfire Resiliency Through Expanding Sixth-grade Education

Haddad, Karina (2022). Ecology of Mammalian Predators in the BCCER (PDF)

Morales, Cole (2022). Applying & Integrating GIS for Tribal Use (PDF)

Ramirez, He-Lo (2022). Improving Northern Maidu Education in Northern CA (PDF)

Current Projects

Analysis of statewide policy, legislation, and liability mandates for increasing prescribed fire practices

Development of a community communication system for rural communities in emergency situations

Feasibility of a wildlife crossing on HWY 32 near BCCER

Management plan for municipalities using workforce crews for park restoration and maintenance

Restoration of Berry Creek Rancheria post-North Complex Fire: Healing the land and its people

Seed collection protocol for wildland native plant species

Natural resources management plan for returning natives species to parks

Creek/spring management on the new expansion property of the BCCER

The reintroduction of elk to the BCCER

Community education on wildfire and wildfire preparedness

Use of fire in the development of wildlife corridors

Accessibility and green spaces

Holistic land management plan: Scalable plans for private landowners

CAL FIRE perspective on prescribed fire

Delayed tree mortality on northern California oak post-burn

Development of uniform, cross-organization file sharing for GIS/mapping

Community outreach plan for Iron Canyon Fish Passage project

Mitigating wildfire risk in the Wildland Urban Interface

Workforce development crew for restoration work

Wildland Management Master's Program Flyer
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Program Information Document
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