Conservation Biology


 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.

  •  Career Opportunities

    Agricultural Extension Agent 

    Habitat-Restoration Specialist 

    Conservation Scientist

    Law Enforcement

    Consultant -

    Biological/Environmental Naturalist


    Park Ranger

    Environmental Biologist/Technician

    Range Manager

    Fisheries Biologist/Technician

    Wildlife Officer

    Game Farm Manager

    Wildlife Biologist/Technician

  •  Special Features

    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.

  •  Student Success

    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


Math and Science News

Seated classes May 11, 2020

LMU Preparing for Seated Classes in Fall

Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) President Clayton Hess announced today the decision to resume seated courses and the on-campus experience this fall to the extent allowed by law. The summer term, which began on Monday, May 4, will continue online, except for experiential learning courses and laboratory courses, which will be conducted in person under strict social distancing and CDC hygiene guidelines.

Grad Abe May 2, 2020

LMU Confers Degrees on 547 Graduates

Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) President Clayton Hess conferred 547 degrees -- including 168 associate, 220 baccalaureate, 140 masters, three educational specialist and 16 doctorate -- on candidates that completed the degree requirements at the close of the spring semester on Saturday, May 2.

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LMU Partners with WellConnect to Offer Remote Mental Health Counseling

LMU is pleased to announce a partnership with WellConnect to provide remote mental health counseling and other services to students. This added offering allows the LMU counseling office to serve students completing the semester online across the country and around the world.