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Environmental and Conservation Biology (B.S.)

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Mission

The Environmental and Conservation Biology major is designed to prepare students for a wide range of environmental careers in government agencies, non-profit organizations, research and consulting. The major emphasizes skills development in plant and animal field identification, GIS technology, chemical analysis, experimental design, wildlife management and ecology. Emphasis is given to internships, research and field courses for hands-on skill development as upper level ECBIO electives. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Environmental and Conservation program will:

  • Effectively communicate in written and oral formats on complex environmental topics analyzing the pros/cons based on current scientific literature.
  • Demonstrate synthesis of complex environmental data into a series of practical management recommendations for an outside agency.
  • Successfully demonstrate knowledge of plant and animal species field identification.
  • Explain environmental science and conservation concepts, relationships and best management practices (BMP) to a wide variety of audiences (public, K-12 audience, Board of Trustees, professional scientific community).
  • Engage in professional experience in the field through hands-on training for a competitive advantage on internships, research, fellowships and job placement.

Program Description

The new, innovative Environmental and Conservation Biology major prepares students for a wide range of environmental careers in government agencies, nonprofit organizations, research and consulting. The program emphasizes skills development in plant and animal field identification, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, chemical analysis, experimental design, urban landscape planning, wildlife management and ecology. Exciting opportunities are provided for students to develop and apply their expertise through internships, research and field courses. These include marine conservation in Jamaica, wildlife management in Yellowstone National Park and water quality sampling techniques in the Delaware and Chesapeake bays.