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Conservation Biology

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology is an interdisciplinary program, challenging students to utilize skills and knowledge from a variety of scientific fields in order to address complex environmental issues. The Conservation Biology major is grounded in natural science and mathematics. The student experience culminates in a Conservation Biology Internship allowing students to gain practical experience in the field. The degree is designed to prepare students for employment in a variety of conservation positions that encompass remediation and rehabilitation of biodiversity.

Learning Outcomes

  • Summarize the ecological components of natural environments.
  • Evaluate ethical implications of human impact on the environment.
  • Communicate complex environmental problems using multiple modes of communication to audiences with varying degrees of environmental knowledge.
  • Create solutions for complex environmental issues using a multidisciplinary approach in a team-centered environment.
  • Assess management solutions for the remediation/restoration of degraded environments.
  • Interpret environmental data from peer-reviewed experiments.

Why Study This Program?

Challenges that species face in their natural habitat are exacerbated by ongoing human activities – climate change, introduction of invasive species, habitat loss, and pollution, which in turn create a new set of challenges that threaten entire ecosystems and global biodiversity. Conservation Biology is a multidisciplinary science which aims to evaluate and prevent the loss of biodiversity worldwide. An unprecedented loss of global biodiversity has created a demand for innovative solutions to preserve what little biodiversity is left in multiple fields (such as agriculture, forestry, and wildlife). The field of conservation biology integrates conservation policy with underlying principles from multiple disciplines (ecology, genetics, chemistry, taxonomy, evolution) to develop plans and methods to protect and manage biodiversity, including species and ecosystems management, captive breeding/reintroduction, genetic analysis, and habitat restoration.

Experiences & Opportunities

In addition to small class room size, students will get hands on experience learning about conservation biology at Creekside Nature Center, as a part of laboratory courses as well as carrying out student driven projects and collaboration with faculty at Lincoln College.

Careers

  • Field Technician
  • Research Assistant
  • Naturalist
  • Zoologist
  • Conservation Scientist
  • Forest Supervisor

Required Coursework

FOUNDATION COURSES (24 hours – may be completed in general education)
BIO 102    General Biology/lab
BIO 106    Environmental Biology
BIO 103  Zoology – orBIO 104 General Botany
CHM 140  General Chemistry I
CHM 141  General Chemistry II
PHY 204  College Physics I (4 hour lab)

MATHEMATICS (7 hours – may be completed in general education)
MAT 110 Elementary Statistics (3 hours)
MAT 125 Pre-Calculus  (4 hours)

CORE COURSES (37 hours) – C or better required in all of the following courses
CHM 240 Organic Chemistry
BIO 204   Genetics
BIO 300  Environmental Sustainability
BIO 305  Evolution
GEL 305 Environmental Geology
BIO 310  Ecology
BIO 315  Toxicology
BIO 404  Bioinformatics
BIO 491  Environmental Internship
BIO 495  Capstone Senior Seminar In Environmental Science