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About the Program

Conservation science is a relatively new field that first developed in the 1980s as scientists and policy makers began to first recognize global declines in biodiversity. Professionals in this area bring an inter-disciplinary approach to the complex and often multifaceted issues of species extinction, population decline and habitat degradation. 

This exciting new domain of human inquiry and problem solving requires a solid background in the biological and ecological sciences, but also emphasizes the analysis of economic, political, social, and ethical issues as a contextual basis for problem solving and decision making. 

Established in 1998 as one of the first undergraduate conservation science programs in the United States, the program's rigorous multi-disciplinary B.S. curriculum is designed to provide students with a skills in analysis and communication that should prepare individuals for exciting careers in a broad number of areas including the natural and social sciences, government service, work with non-profit organizations, law and global commerce.

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Conservation Science program is consistent with University’s mission in that the program works to advance the professional & personal development of our students in with the aim that they be able to lead productive, personally satisfying and socially responsible lives.  The goals for the major are to provide a broad and rigorous foundation in the biological sciences and other disciplines germane to conservation planning, advance critical thinking and problem solving skills, and help students identify and prepare for fulfilling professional careers.