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  Dec 14, 2017
 
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog

Conservation Biology [CON]


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This major in the Biological Sciences Department  provides a multidisciplinary approach to understanding and preserving Earth's plant and animal species and the ecosystems on which they depend. Students in this major can prepare for entry into a variety of environmental professions or graduate school.

Career Potential

  • Ecologist
  • Naturalist
  • Field Biologist
  • Environmental Educator
  • Wildlife Ecologist

Biological Sciences Department Course Retake Policy

A student is only permitted to retake a BIO course once per college policy. Any exceptions require permission of the instructor and the department chair and would only be granted on the last day of preregistration. The department considers enrollment in a course past the drop/add period as a retake, even if the student withdraws from the course before receiving a grade.

A. Biology Courses: 36 credit hours


2. Additional Related Courses


Choose three courses from the following, with at least one course from group a and one from group b:

3. Additional Biology


Select from any of the biology major's courses at the 300 level or above to total at least 36 credit hours in biology.

B. Supporting Areas: 24-26 credit hours


1. Required Courses: Science and Mathematics


2. Elective courses: select three courses from the following:


Students interested in seeking a research graduate degree are advised to take one year of physics, one year of calculus, and CHE 302 and CHE 304.

C. Geographic Information Systems Requirement: Three credit hours


E. Conservation Applications: Five credit hours


F. Additional Requirements for the B.A.


  • Composition and General Education courses: 27 credit hours
  • Foreign language: completion through the intermediate, 202 level
  • Free elective courses: to complete 124 total credit hours

G. Additional Requirements for the B.S.


Students are required to complete 72 credit hours of science and math courses which may be taken from the following prefixes: BIO, BMS, CAP (except CAP 100 and 104), CHE (except CHE 224, 225, 305 and 306), CON, ENS, GLY, MAT, MCS, PHY. GRY 327 and GRY 328 may also be taken to satisfy the science and math requirement.

Additional requirements include:

  • Composition and General Education courses: 27 credit hours
  • Foreign Language courses: 0-3 credit hours
  • Free Elective courses: to complete 124 total credit hours

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124


Example of the major in Conservation Biology over four years


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Total credit hours for semester: 16-17


Total credit hours for semester: 15-16


Second Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester: 17


Second Year Spring


  • BIO 312 - Genetics (4 cr. hr.)
  • Policy elective (3 cr. hr.)
    MAT/Science Elective (3 cr. hr.) 
    GE course (3 cr. hr.)
    Foreign language (3 cr. hr.)

Total credit hours for semester: 16


Third Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester: 16


Third Year Spring


Total credit hours for semester: 16


Fourth Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Fourth Year Spring


Total credit hours for semester: 14


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