Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies: Conservation Ecology Concentration

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The conservation ecology concentration in the environmental studies program at Cal U is designed to permit students to develop a tailored program of study that prepares them for careers in the field upon graduation in addition to providing a foundation that can be added to in graduate school. Unlike other environmental studies programs, the concentration allows students to add additional courses in botany or zoology that are content specific. Students can also opt to participate in a field experience or internship to help strengthen their program of study.

The conservation ecology concentration covers the emerging and multidisciplinary field of conservation biology. You'll learn about the impact of humans on biodiversity, both in the destruction of it and in the management of what is left, and how to address these issues. You'll also learn aspects of international law and policy as they affect our resources. The program provides you with the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively handle problems in the area of conservation and sustainable development.

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)