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Biodiversity & Conservation

What is the major about?
Biodiversity and Conservation was designed to help students become broadly trained in biological disciplines related to documenting and preserving biodiversity. This includes rigorous training in organismal biology, evolution, and ecology. . Faculty study a diverse range of organisms in a diverse set of field sites, and students are encouraged to work closely with a Biology Faculty on an independent mentored research project. All graduates will obtain a thorough grounding in plant and animal diversity, evolution and the foundational theories to explore questions regarding organismal biodiversity and conservation from the molecular to the ecosystem level.
Major Learning Outcomes

What can I do with my degree?
This major is recommended for those seeking graduate programs in a variety of areas of biology, especially conservation biology, ecology and evolution. 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).

New Students
Interested in the Biodiversity & Conservation major? Here is what you can do to get started:

Catalog Description & Graduation Map

  1. Email Dr. Whipple to join the major Google Group and receive email announcements for upcoming events, seminars and internships.
  2. Schedule an appointment with Nicole Cuthbert (Department Academic Advisor) to plan out your schedule.
  3. Schedule an appointment to talk to Dr. Whipple (Biodiversity & Conservation Faculty Advisor) and get your Biodiversity and Conservation Biology t-shirt.

Hear it from a peer

I have enjoyed doing research with different professors and that is what I love about this major. There are just so many research opportunities in this major which let's me quench my thirst on science. I have worked with an entomologist, ecologist, bear biologist and now I'm currently doing a research with my professor who is a marine biologist! After I graduate I want to pursue a career as a marine biologist. I loved taking BIO 220- Biodiversity in animals and BIO 452- Marine biology. Highly recommend these classes for anyone majoring in Biodiversity and conservation. - Vibalia Raj