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