To inquire about this program:
Dr. Whitney Kistler | 423.869.6227 | [email protected]
LMU offers one of the nation's only bachelor's degree programs in conservation biology. The major is a comprehensive four-year program with two tracks leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. In addition, the wildlife and fisheries track prepares the student for certification as an associate wildlife biologist or an associate fisheries professional. The flexible research track allows educational experiences to be customized in direct support of specific career goals. Throughout both tracks, expert faculty immerse students in a modern curriculum focused on ecosystem dynamics, biodiversity, and field-based learning experiences.
Bachelor of Science, Conservation Biology (BS)
Providing student research opportunities is at the heart of LMU’s Conservation Biology Program. In order to facilitate faculty and student research, the Department of Biology maintains the Cumberland Mountain Research Center and the Powell River Aquatic Research Station which house several conservation-related research projects. Many are centered across the Appalachian region while some are international in scope having occured in places such as Belize, Costa Rica, Kenya, Peru, and Thailand. Additional field experiences are provided through class participation and collaborative associations with various government and private organizations.
Through these centers students learn the critical thinking skills required to develop scientifically sound research designs and collect meaningful data. They go on to develop the skills to analyze, interpret, and ultimately disseminate this information. In some cases, students have even published manuscripts in the primary literature.
Four Year Plans
Use the following links to download representative four-year plans for each Conservation Biology track.
The curriculum is focused on modern concepts of landscape-scale ecosystem management and research. As a result, several classes explore ecosystems, but also integrate social, economic, and institutional components. Ultimately, students gain applicable skills at scales ranging from molecular to global in classes such as Molecular Genetics, Botany, Soils, Ecology, Geographic Information Systems, Land Use & Environmental Policy, Research Design & Analysis, and Conservation Biology. Students are continuously engaged through opportunities to conduct original faculty-mentored research projects, targeted seminars, and one-one-one advising. As a result, our students graduate exceptionally well prepared to achieve their career goals.
Conservation Biology Minor
A minor in conservation biology is offered. The minor is designed to enhance the education of a student majoring in another discipline.
|CBIO 200||Conservation Biology||3|
|CBIO 400||Conservation Biology: Application and Analysis||3|
|Select two Biodiversity Courses from the following:|
|BIOL 330||Field Botany||4|
|BIOL 340||Invertebrate Zoology||4|
Internships provide students with priceless real-word experiences allowing them to field-test and ultimately put into practice the concepts and skills they have learned in the classroom. Employers often preferentially hire graduates who have participated in internship programs because they know that these students have actually practiced their craft in the real world. Our students have had great success in obtaining internships at a number of places including the Cave Research Foundation, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Discover Life in America, Pine Mountain State Park, Tennessee Aquarium, Tennessee River Gorge Trust, Tennessee Valley Authority, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and a variety of other state federal, and international institutions.
Possible career opportunities available to LMU graduates with this major include:
|Agricultural Extension Agent||Habitat-Restoration Specialist|
|Conservation Scientist||Law Enforcement|
|Consultant - Biological/Environmental||Naturalist|
|Environmental Biologist/Technician||Range Manager|
|Fisheries Biologist/Technician||Wildlife Officer|
|Game Farm Manager||Wildlife Biologist/Technician|
There are too many opportunities to list here. Speak with an academic advisor for additional opportunities.
Graduate and Professional Schools
Graduates have gone on to enroll in graduate and professional programs in the following schools:
|Austin Peay State University||Tennessee Technological University|
|Central Michigan University||Texas A&M University|
|Clemson University||University of Arkansas|
|College of New England||University of Kentucky|
|East Tennessee State University||University of North Carolina|
|Eastern Kentucky University||University of Tennessee|
|Frostburg State University||University of Wisconsin|
|Middle Tennessee State University||Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University|
Graduates have gone on to have very successful careers and become well respected leaders in their field. They have worked at various state and federal institutions, become environmental consultants, worked at zoos, and with many other organizations. Others have pursued additional certifications and gone on to teach high school, become veterinarians, and even practice law. The opportunities available to graduates are as varied as the interests of the student. Graduates have gained employment at the following places.
|Georgia Department of Environment||Tennessee Natural Resources Conservation Service|
|Kentucky Department of Game and Fish||Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency|
|Kentucky State Parks||United States Department of Agriculture|
|National Park Service||United States Corp of Engineers|
Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society
Students enrolled in this program are eligible to be considered for the following scholarships:
|Charles and Mary Covey Endowed Scholarship|
|Dr. John Copeland and George Mears Wildlife and Fisheries Society Scholarship|
|Dr. Owen S. Genevieve M. Hendren Science Scholarship|
|Fred A. Jones Memorial Scholarship|