Online Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences – Conservation Biology and Ecology

Are you concerned about environmental challenges such as climate change and habitat destruction? Are you ready to take the lead on solving the biggest ecological challenges? The Bachelor of Science in biological sciences with a concentration in conservation biology and ecology degree prepares you to understand and find solutions to complex environmental threats.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 06/29/2022


Total classes: 40

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 120

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Conservation biology for a sustainable future

Our planet faces an uncertain future. Climate change and ecosystem degradation are two of the driving factors in that. Are you ready to lead the world toward a more sustainable future?

Biological sciences students investigate the impact of humans on Earth's biodiversity. In this program, you’ll develop practical approaches to prevent the extinction of species and promote the sustainable use of biological resources. This program prepares you to understand and potentially solve the complex problems threatening our world.

What is conservation ecology?

 

Conservation ecology is a branch of ecology focused on managing and preserving habitats and ecosystems. Two key goals of conservation ecology are preventing extinctions and restoring habitats and ecosystems. Natural resource management is a key component of this discipline.

Gain conservation biology skills

 

You’ll leave the conservation biology program equipped with a wide skill set. The conservation biology and ecology skills you’ll head into your career with include the understanding of the ecology of different habitats, animal and plant physiology, and behavioral ecology and population biology. Your courses will also cover the ever-changing natural environment/ecosystem, leaving you prepared to address these natural and policy challenges.

Utilize ASU Online’s innovative learning experiences

 

At ASU Online, we’re constantly evolving the way we present subject matter. In addition to using lectures and textbooks as learning aids, we also provide students with the opportunity to use at-home lab kits and simulation tools. You’ll also have the opportunity to embark on a virtual reality experience through our new initiative, Dreamscape Learn.

Professional licensure and certification

ASU academic programs are designed to prepare students to apply for applicable licensure or certification in Arizona. Completion of an ASU program may not meet education requirements for license or certification in another state. If you are planning to pursue professional licensure or certification in a state other than Arizona, it is strongly recommended that you visit our professional licensure page for contact information of the appropriate licensing entity to seek information and guidance regarding licensure or certification requirements.

Will my conservation biology and ecology degree concentration say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Please note your diploma will state the degree you earn: Bachelor of Science in biological sciences. Your concentration in conservation biology and ecology will not appear on your diploma, but it will be noted on your transcripts.

Online labs thanks to virtual reality technology.

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Conservation and ecology courses

In this biological sciences program, you’ll take a wide range of biology, ecology and conservation courses. You should also be prepared to take calculus and statistics courses.

All required labs are offered online, but there will be an in-person lab component if you choose to take organic chemistry as an optional elective. You must travel to ASU’s Tempe campus, or it can be transferred from another institution, to complete this optional course. There are online-only labs that you can take in place of organic chemistry. Core courses include:


BIO 181: General Biology I (SQ)


BIO 182: General Biology II (SG)


BIO 340: General Genetics


BIO 345: Evolution


BIO 320: Fundamentals of Ecology


BIO 322: Conservation of Biodiversity


What can I do with a conservation biology degree concentration?

Upon graduation, you’ll have conservation biology expertise desired by prominent government agencies and other organizations. You’ll also be positioned as a competitive applicant for environmental science and public policy graduate programs. Career examples include, but are not limited to:

Biological Sciences Professor


Growth: 9.3 %
Salary: $85,600

Climate Change Analyst


Growth: 7.8 %
Salary: $73,230

Environmental Analyst


Growth: 5.1 %
Salary: $64,020

Environmental Protection Specialist


Growth: 7.8 %
Salary: $73,230

Fish and Game Warden


Growth: 1.2 %
Salary: $58,040

Fish and Wildlife Biologist


Growth: 3.9 %
Salary: $66,350

Geographic Information Systems Technician (GIS Technician)


Growth: 5.7 %
Salary: $92,870

High School Teacher


Growth: 3.8 %
Salary: $62,870

Hydrogeologist


Growth: 4.8 %
Salary: $137,940

Learn from conservation ecology leaders

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Learn from conservation ecology leaders

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Admission requirements for the conservation biology and ecology degree concentration

I am a future

You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).

1. Review competency requirements

2. Review other admission requirements

3. Complete online application

4. File your FAFSA

5. Request ACT or SAT scores

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Study conservation with the School of Life Sciences

As a part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Life Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to education with a vast spectrum of degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. We inspire students to be socially aware, critical thinkers and global citizens. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has:

25,500+


currently enrolled students.

$140


million in research expenditures in 2018.

23


interdisciplinary schools and departments.

95+


undergraduate degrees.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

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