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B.A. in Environmental Conservation

Sarah Parker’08  Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx Zoo
Sarah Parker’08
Wildlife Conservation Society
Bronx Zoo

Environmental issues are many and there are diverse approaches to solving them. The B.A. in Environmental Conservation is an interdisciplinary program. Students in this major can design their own course of study and focus through the integration of environmental conservation with other disciplines, either through co-majors, minors, concentrations, or by self-designing a package of general electives from disciplines across campus. If you are interested in approaching environmental issues from, for example, an economics, psychology, education, policy, journalism, writing, or other perspective, this program is right for you.

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the B.A. in Environmental Conservation program is to provide women with the knowledge and skills needed to protect biodiversity: species, habitats, and ecosystems. Students majoring in Environmental Conservation study conservation issues within global, sociopolitical, and cultural contexts, become civically engaged, and learn to communicate the importance of preserving biodiversity to a variety of audiences. Students who complete the B.A. degree are prepared to solve the environmental issues that affect biodiversity through an interdisciplinary approach and to become leaders in the field of environmental conservation.

Program Requirements

Jules Winters
Jules Winters'08
studying human impact on
diamond back terrapin nesting

A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 and a minimum average in the major of 2.0 are required for the major in biodiversity and conservation biology. A grade of C- or better is needed for all courses that fulfill the departmental requirements. Courses transferred in for all majors must be taken less than 10 years ago. Students may not declare multiple majors in any combination of: biology, environmental conservation, genetic engineering, integrated biology, neuroscience or nuclear medicine technology. Students must earn a grade of C- or better in prerequisite courses before proceeding to subsequent courses.

Total Number of Credits: 49

Course Requirements

BIO 121 Principles of Biology I 4 credits*

BIO 122 Principles of Biology II 4 credits* 

BIO 235 Ecology, Evolution and Genetics 4 credits

CHE 111 Chemical Principles 4 credits
CHE 112 Chemical Equilibrium and Analysis 4 credits
MAT 110 Probability & Statistics 3 credits
BIO 309 Conservation Biology and GIS** 4 credits
BIO 315 Case Studies in Biodiversity & Conservation Biology** 3 credits
ANT 100 Cultural Anthropology 3 credits
GST 100 The Globalizing World 3 credits
ECO 222 Economic Geography 3 credits
PHI 200 Ethics 3 credits
COM 150 Introduction to Journalism 3 credits or COM 212 Intercultural Communication 4 credits
Field Experience 4 credits

Students satisfy the Field Experience requirement (minimum of 4 credits) through the following:
BIO 228 Marine Ecology (with lab) 4 credits
BIO 301 Ecol. & Nat. Hist. Am. Southwest 4 credits
School for Field Studies, Variable
Hawk Mountain courses (totaling at least 4 credits)
Other study abroad experience (international or domestic) approved by advisor Variable credits

*Students with Advanced Placement credit for BIO121 and/or 122 are required to take the BIO121 and 122 Labs.)

**Transfer students must take these courses at Cedar Crest; all Environmental Conservation majors must take both lecture and lab of BIO 309.

Click here for the requirements checklist.