The Biodiversity and Conservation major is designed to provide students with a broad scientific background in preparation for a career or graduate study in conservation fields, but with a specific focus on biodiversity science. Graduates will acquire a knowledge of the issues and problems of sustainable resource usage, conservation of endangered biota, long-term preservation of biodiversity, ecosystem services and ecological economics, and management and conservation of ecosystems.
This major is recommended for those seeking graduate programs in a variety of areas of biology, especially conservation biology. The major also prepares students for graduate study in preparation for work with Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) focusing on conservation biology and for positions in government agencies the oversee the management of natural resources (e.g. US Fish Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and state fish & game agencies).