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.

Below is the recommended framework of courses for completing your degree in four years.

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies: Conservation Ecology - 120 credits

Freshman Year

First Semester  - 15 credits
Course Credits
BIO 120 General Zoology 4 crs.
CHE 101 General Chemistry I 4 crs.
ENG 101 English Composition I                                                             3 crs.
UNI 100 First-Year Seminar 1 cr.
General Education Course 3 crs.



Second Semester  - 14 credits
Course Credits
BIO 125 General Botany 4 crs.
CHE 102 General Chemistry II                                                              4 crs.
ENG 102 English Composition II 3 crs.
COM 101 Oral Communication 3 crs.




Sophomore Year

Third Semester - 14 credits
Course Credits
BIO 215 Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology                               4 crs.
MAT 273 Applied Calculus OR MAT 281 Calculus I
MAT 281 Calculus I
3 crs.
PHY 121 General Physics I 4 crs.
General Education EMA 3 crs.



Fourth Semester - 14-15 credits
Course Credits
BIO 248 General Ecology                                                                      4 crs.
BIO 318 Genetics 4 crs.
MAT 215 Statistics 3 crs.
Unrestricted Elective 3-4 crs.



Junior Year

Fifth Semester - 16 credits
Course Credits
ENS 435 Law Planning and Policy                                                           3 crs.
ENS 495 Design and Analysis 3 crs.
GIS 311 Geographic Information Systems 3 crs.
BIO 414 Plant Ecology OR ENS 475 Wetlands Ecology 4 crs.
BIO 478 Evolution 3 crs.



Sixth Semester - 15 credits
Course Credits
ENS 399 Conservation Biology                                                               3 crs.
General Education Courses 6 crs.
Unrestricted Electives 6 crs.



Senior Year

Seventh Semester - 15-16 credits
Course Credits
ENS 420 Principles of Wildlife Management
ENS 424 Fisheries Management                                                            
3-4 crs.
BIO 336 Plant Taxonomy OR
BIO 442 Forest Ecology and Dendrology
4 crs.
Biology-related Course 4 crs.
Unrestricted Elective 4 crs.



Eighth Semester - 16 credits
Course Credits
ENS 492 Biology-related Elective                                                           4 crs.
General Education Course 3 crs.
Unrestricted Elective 9 crs.