Ecology and Conservation Biology - BS, Ecology and Conservation Biology Track

The Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology at Texas A&M University provides advanced educational opportunities to prepare students for careers in the science and stewardship of biological diversity, ecosystems and their services, and the biosphere. Our undergraduate and graduate degrees in Ecology and Conservation Biology emphasize fundamental ecological knowledge and its application to biodiversity conservation, environmental health, and management of complex systems, involving diverse aspects of ecology, ranging from genes to ecosystems and microcosms to the entire biosphere. ECCB is home to more than 70 experts and 400 students, representing a community of scholars working to understand nature, to conserve our natural resources, and to maintain the health and services of natural and human-dominated systems that sustain our communities.

Ecology and Conservation Biology Track

The Ecology and Conservation Biology track is designed to meet the needs of students interested in understanding issues related to conserving, managing, and restoring species, habitats, and ecosystems. The curriculum prepares students for careers with natural resource agencies, conservation and environmental organizations, environmental consulting firms, and education and research institutions. Students enrolled in this track gain an understanding of the core body of knowledge used by ecologists and conservation biologists, including ecological concepts, ecological practices, human-environmental interactions, and biodiversity exploration and conservation. This track offers a diversity of courses, including several upper-level electives, that allow students to tailor their education to fit their interests. For example, students can take courses that position them for external certification through organizations such as the Ecological Society of America and the Society for Ecological Restoration. Students completing this track successfully will have a strong background in ecosystem functioning, field experience, human and ethical dimensions, organism biology, and quantitative applications, including the skills necessary for pursuing graduate degrees.