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Suggested 4-year Sequence

The Biodiversity and Conservation Biology is a field-based major that provides the student with an understanding of the origin and maintenance of biological diversity (biodiversity), the factors that are causing a decline in biodiversity, and ways to stop this decline. Students will also gain experience in civic and political engagement, and in the analysis of public policy and contemporary political perspectives. Upon graduation, students will be able to pursue graduate study in conservation biology and environmental policy, or careers in environmental and conservation governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations, conservation education, policy and advocacy jobs, environmental consulting firms, law and publishing firms, and zoos and aquariums.

The core components of the major include

1. Research: to provide experience in developing and conducting research in biodiversity and conservation.

2. Traditional Classroom/laboratory and fieldwork: to teach and develop fundamental concepts and research skills.

3. Field studies (short and semester-long courses): to provide opportunities to study concepts/issues in a global context and to further develop research skills in habitats not available locally.

4. Interdisciplinary approach: conservation biology is fundamentally an interdisciplinary discipline. It combines elements of ecology, evolution, genetics, and public policy. There are two interdisciplinary “links” that are integral to this program:
a. Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Program: to provide students (1) with the tools needed to manage and analyze large amounts of biological data and to model ecological systems and (2) with expertise in Geographic Information Systems, one of the most powerful analytical tools used by conservation biologists.
b. Democracy Project: to provide students with opportunities for political and civic engagement through service learning and to educate students in the analysis of public policy and the examination of contemporary political perspectives.
5. Internships/Collaborations: to provide students with marketable experience.