Dooley, Program Advisor
New Concord, OH 43762
Conservation science is a relatively new field that brings
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 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.
The program's rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum is
designed to provide students with a skills in analysis and communication
that should prepare them 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.
The mission of Conservation Science Program at Muskingum
College is to prepare individuals to assume positions of leadership in
professional careers that emphasize responsible, thoughtful contributions
to the stewardship of Earth's biological diversity.
the Nation's First Undergraduate Programs in an Exciting New Field!
Muskingum College is proud to offer one of the very first
programs in the United States devoted exclusively to undergraduate education
in Conservation Science. Though training in this field will prepare students
for a wide array of professional opportunities, the program has been designed
to provide a cohesive intellectual experience that will complement and
nurture the development of personal and professional goals.
In contrast to most basic sciences, conservation science
is not simply motivated by an abstract search for higher truth. On the
other hand, and in contrast to the purely applied sciences, it is not simply
utilitarian. Instead conservation science is generally motivated by what
are largely aesthetic principles and ethical convictions. Furthermore,
conservation science is often mission-oriented, with the aim of providing
information that can be used immediately in decision making or in the development
of focused strategies. Because the discipline is decision or action
oriented, the conservation scientist must also understand that the ideas
resulting from his or her work may well wield important "real world" consequences.
Therefore, recommendations must be developed in a contextual framework
that reflects sensitivity to ethical, moral and aesthetic values, as well
as economic, social and political considerations.
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