2020-2021 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)

Curriculum

The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 14
BIO 120  General Zoology 4
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
General Education Courses 6
   
Second Semester 17
BIO 125  General Botany 4
ENG 102  English Composition II 3
MAT 181  College Algebra  OR  MAT 273  Applied Calculus  OR  MAT 281 Calculus I 3
General Education Courses 6 or 7
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 16
BIO 215  Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
CHE 101  General Chemistry I 4
PHY 121  General Physics I 4
Free Elective 4
   
Fourth Semester 15
BIO 218  Genetics 4
BIO 248  General Ecology 4
CHE 102  General Chemistry II 4
MAT 215  Statistics 3
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 14
BIO 478  Evolution 3
ENS 475  OR BIO 442  OR  Related Elective 4
ENS 495  Design and Analysis 4
General Education Course 3
   
Sixth Semester 14
BIO 414  AND/OR  BIO/ENS  Related Elective 3 or 4
ENS 399  Conservation Biology 3
Free Elective 3 or 4
General Education Course 3
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
BIO 305/ENS 492/BIO 441 4
BIO/ENS  Related Elective 3 or 4
Free Elective 3 or 4
General Education Course 3
   
Eighth Semester 15
BIO 305/ENS 492/BIO 441 4
ENS 435  Nat. Res. Law and Policy 3
Free Electives 7 or 8
Total 120

Program Requirements

Required Major Courses (60 credits) 

  • BIO 120  General Zoology (4 credits)
  • BIO 125  General Botany (4 credits)
  • BIO 215  Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology (4 credits)
  • BIO 218  Genetics (4 credits)
  • BIO 248  General Ecology (4 credits)
  • BIO 478  Evolution (3 credits)
  • ENS 399  Conservation Biology (3 credits)
  • ENS 435  Natural Res. Law and Policy (3 credits)
  • ENS 495  Design and Analysis (4 credits)
  • PHY 121  General Physics I (4 credits)
  • Pick two of the following:
    • BIO 414  Plant Ecology (4 credits)
    • BIO 442  Forest Ecology and Dendrology (4 credits)
    • ENS 475  Wetlands Ecology (4 credits)

Related Electives

  • Pick two of the following: BIO 305, ENS 492, BIO 441 (8 credits)
  • Choose from any 300- or 400-level BIO/ENS with approval of major adviser or department chair (7 credits)

Program Webpage

https://www.calu.edu/academics/undergraduate/bachelors/environmental-studies/conservation-ecology.aspx