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 facing the planet? The Bachelor of Science in biological sciences with a concentration in conservation biology and ecology prepares you to understand and potentially find solutions to complex environmental threats.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 01/11/2021


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?

Arizona State University’s conservation biology students investigate the impact of humans on Earth's biodiversity. 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.

Earn conservation biology skills

 

You’ll leave the 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.

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Conservation and ecology courses

You’ll take a range of biology, ecology and conservation courses. Students should be prepared for calculus and statistics courses, too. There are also elective courses available for conservation biology students with a passion for social and environmental justice.

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.


BIO 181: General Biology I (SQ)


BIO 281: Conceptual Approaches to Biology for Majors I (SQ)


BIO 182: General Biology II (SG)


BIO 282: Conceptual Approaches to Biology for Majors II


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?

You’ll graduate with 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.

Biological Sciences Professor


Growth: 15.2 %
Salary: $78,240

Climate Change Analyst


Growth: 11.1 %
Salary: $69,400

Environmental Protection Specialist


Growth: 11.1 %
Salary: $69,400

Fish and Game Warden


Growth: 4.3 %
Salary: $56,410

Fish and Wildlife Biologist


Growth: 7.6 %
Salary: $62,290

Geospatial Information Technologists


Growth: 9.3 %
Salary: $88,510

High School Teacher


Growth: 7.5 %
Salary: $59,170

Hydrogeologist


Growth: 9.9 %
Salary: $118,970

Park Ranger


Growth: 6.3 %
Salary: $61,480

Learn from scientific and preservation 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 scientific and preservation 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.

Requirements for a conservation & ecology degree

I am a future
You are considered a freshman 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.

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