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.