Lake Superior State University

Conservation Biology: Bachelor of Science

Program Description


The BS in Conservation Biology prepares students for careers whose goal is to solve a wide range of environmental challenges such as invasive species, altered landscapes, species extinctions, or the restoration of degraded aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.  Our selection of rigorous field based courses in watersheds, soils, forestry, ecology (general, fish, wildlife or plant), and organisms (mammalogy, ornithology, ichthyology, or entomology) offers a strong set of foundational courses in the natural sciences.  combining this coursework with interdisciplinary courses and GIS technology adds the breadth needed to formulate sustainable solutions to local, regional and global conservation challenges.  Electives allow students to tailor the program to their interests and career goals.  Students may choose as a capstone experience, a summer semester internship working in a professional capacity in conservation biology or a senior thesis research project.  Students will be prepared for careers or for graduate work in conservation biology or a broad range or related areas.

The Human Dimensions Concentration prepares students for careers in global, national and community conservation advocacy programs including environmental outreach and policy development and communication.  This multi-disciplinary program combines a strong core in the biological sciences with classes in geographic information science, communications, business and economics, and political science.  The program is flexible, allowing students to select classes that best match their educational and career goals.  Students conclude their program by completing a conservation related service learning project for a conservation organization, unit of government, or business (e.g., land conservancies, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, watershed organizations, zoos and aquariums).

Available degrees (see specific degree requirements further down on page):

 

Conservation Biology

 

 

 



Degree Requirements


Bachelor of Science Conservation Biology

Major Requirements (84 - 85 credits)

Global Perspective - Select 1 course from:

  • ECON307 Environmental Economics 3
  • SOCY227 Population and Ecology 3
  • POLI342 International Environmental Policy 3
  • Study Abroad 3+
Internship Option

  • INTD398 Planning Experiential  Learning Project 1
  • BIOL497 Internship in Conservation Biology 3

or

Research Option

Free Electives (13-14 credits)

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU general education core requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Core Requirements.


Bachelor of Science Conservation Biology, Human Dimensions Concentration

 

Major Requirements (84 - 85 Credits)

Marketing & Management* - 1 course from:

  • MGMT360 Management Concepts & Applications 3
  • MRKT281 Marketing Principles & Strategies 3
  • MRKT385 Services Marketing 3

Political Science* - 1 course from:

  • POLI130 Introduction State & local Government 4
  • POLI201 Public Administration 3

Communications* - 1 course from:

Global Perspective* - 1 course from:

  • ECON307 Environmental Economics 3
  • SOCY227 Population and Ecology 3
  • POLI342 International Environmental Policy 3
  • Study Abroad 3+

*At least 2 of the designated electives must be 300 or 400 level

Internship Option

  • INTD398 Planning Experiential Learning Project 1
  • BIOL497 Internship in Conservation Biology 3

or

Research Option

Free Electives (13 - 14 credits)

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU general education core requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Core Requirements.


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