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Conservation Biology

The Conservation Biology major is a comprehensive four-year program with two tracks leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. The Wildlife and Fisheries Track provides students with the minimum requirements for certification as an associate wildlife biologist through the Wildlife Society, while 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 modern curricula focused on ecosystem dynamics, biodiversity, and field-based learning experiences. Students are continuously engaged through original, faculty-mentored research projects, targeted seminars, and one-on-one advising. As a result, students graduate exceptionally well prepared to achieve their career goals.


Degree Programs

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.



The Conservation Biology Research Track is designed for students who wish to attend graduate school or pursue a career in research. This track offers more flexibility than the Wildlife and Fisheries Management Track. With this degree students can explore a diversity of courses in other fields (e.g. Chemistry and Geography) that will supplement their solid foundation in Conservation Biology.



The Conservation Biology Wildlife and Fisheries Management Track is designed to provide students with a broad experience in Conservation Biology while also providing them flexibility to direct their studies towards their interests. The degree is designed to provide students with the requirements to apply for the Associated Wildlife Biologist Certification through the Wildlife Society. The degree is for students who are interesting in entering the Conservation Biology field after graduating, but it also provides a strong foundation for graduate school.

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For more information about Conservation Biology , please contact:
Dr. Whitney Kistler | 423.869.6227 | [email protected]

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