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

The Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology provides one of the most advanced educational opportunities available to prepare undergraduate students for leadership in the science and stewardship of terrestrial and aquatic ecological systems. The BS in ECCB degree will emphasize acquisition of fundamental ecological knowledge and its application to biodiversity conservation, environmental health, and the management of complex systems, such as interactions involving aspects of ecology from genes to ecosystems, landscape, hydrology, and climate. Four tracks (Ecology and Conservation Biology, Ecoinformatics, Forest Resources, and Vertebrate Zoology) are offered to provide flexibility in one’s chosen career path.

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.