Online Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences – Conservation Biology and Ecology
Are you passionate about solving environmental and ecological challenges, such as climate change and habitat destruction? Arizona State University’s Bachelor of Science in biological sciences with a concentration in conservation biology and ecology prepares you to investigate and find solutions to complex threats to Earth’s living organisms and ecosystems.
Next start date: 01/08/2024
Total classes: 40
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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What is conservation ecology?
Conservation ecology is an applied science that focuses on preserving biological diversity and maintaining healthy ecosystems. Conservation ecologists are concerned with evaluating and reducing the human impact on Earth’s biodiversity. In the field and at the policy level, ecologists use practical strategies to mitigate risks of species extinction and promote the sustainable use of biological resources.
Conservation ecology involves a multipronged approach: Protecting the integrity of existing ecosystems, investigating causes for degradation and reestablishing optimal conditions. The work of conservation ecologists reaches a wide array of ecosystems, including forests, grasslands, rivers, urban landscapes, wetlands and more.
What will I learn in this conservation biology degree concentration?
In this conservation biology degree concentration, you’ll learn through a combination of courses and hands-on learning experiences. You’ll also gain an understanding of how living organisms interact with the natural world, as well as how to reduce human interference with these natural processes. Upon graduation, you’ll be equipped with a wide skill set applicable to a variety of areas of conservation biology and ecology, such as:
- Animal and plant physiology.
- Behavioral ecology.
- Community and landscape ecology.
- Population biology.
- Restoring degraded ecosystems.
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. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to embark on a virtual reality experience through our new initiative, Dreamscape Learn.
Conservation biology and ecology courses
In the program, you’ll take a wide range of biology, ecology and conservation courses, as well as core calculus and statistics courses. In addition to your four major core and two concentration core courses, there are a variety of electives to choose from ranging from population and community ecology to oceanography. Online labs are offered to fulfill all requirements of the program, but there will be an in-person lab component at ASU’s Tempe campus if you choose to take organic chemistry as an optional elective. Courses may 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 the conservation biology expertise necessary to pursue roles in government agencies, K-12 and higher education, nongovernmental agencies and private companies focused on environmental resources. You’ll also be a competitive applicant for graduate programs in environmental science, marine biology, public policy, law and more. Career examples include, but aren’t limited to:
How to apply
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.
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