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.
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.
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.
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:
Admission requirements for the conservation biology and ecology degree concentration
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).
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:
currently enrolled students.
million in research expenditures in 2018.
interdisciplinary schools and departments.