2021-2022 Academic Catalog

B.S. in Environmental Studies: Conservation Ecology Concentration

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Program Description

The conservation ecology concentration of the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies degree program explores fields of ecology and evolutionary biology with a focus on the presentation and management of natural resources and biodiversity. Students learn about the impact of humans on biodiversity as well as aspects of international law and policy as they affect our resources. The program builds skills and knowledge needed to effectively handle problems in the area of conservation and sustainable development. Students are able to add additional courses in botany or zoology that are content-specific, and they can opt to participate in a field experience or an internship to help strengthen their program of study.

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)


Course Credits
General Education Courses 42
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100 First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I
Public Speaking
CDC 101  Public Speaking
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
MAT 181  College Algebra  OR  MAT 273  Applied Calculus  OR  MAT 281  Calculus I*
Health and Wellness
Any Health and Wellness Course
Technological Literacy
GIS 311  Geographic Information Systems
Any Humanities Course
Fine Arts
Any Fine Arts Course
Natural Sciences
CHE 101  General Chemistry I
Social Sciences
Any Social Science Course
General Education Options
  • Any Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis Course
  • ENG 102  Composition II
  • CHE 102  General Chemistry II
  • MAT 215  Statistics
Required Major Courses 45
PHY 121  General Physics 4
BIO 120  General Zoology 4
BIO 125  General Botany 4
BIO 215  Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
BIO 218  Genetics 4
BIO 248  General Ecology 4
BIO 478  Evolution 3
ENS 399  Conservation Biology 3
ENS 435  Natural Resource Law and Policy 3
ENS 495  Design and Analysis 4
Select two of the following:
  • ENS 475  Wetlands Ecology
  • BIO 414  Plant Ecology 
  • BIO 442  Forest Ecology and Dendrology
Related Electives 15
Select two of the following:
  • BIO 305  Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • BIO 441  Ethology
  • ENS 492  Animal Population Dynamics
Select from any 300- or 400-level BIO or ENS courses with approval of major adviser or department chair 7
Free Electives 18
Total 120

* MAT 273 or 281 recommended for graduate studies.

Additional requirements, not counted toward the General Education requirements, include:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): Any Special Experience Course
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): Any two BIO or ENS Upper-Division Writing Component Courses
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): BIO 215 Cellular and Molecular Biology

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