Conservation Biology student out in the field on the Ceiba Tropical Conservation study abroad program in Ecuador! Photo credit: Austin Yantes

How to Declare 

Make an appointment with the undergraduate student services coordinator for the major.

If students are not currently in the College of Letters & Science (L&S), you must transfer into L&S before declaring. However, students are welcome to meet with the Conservation Biology student services coordinator to discuss the major before transferring.

Major Requirements

Conservation Biology Majors must take at least 50 credits in the major. Students must complete all core requirements (I), 12 credits of Field/Species Biology (II), and an elective Social Science course plus additional elective coursework (III) to get to the required 50 credits.  In addition, students must also satisfy all University requirements and the L&S B.A. or B.S. requirements.

Because the Conservation Biology major has many elective courses and because career and professional goals vary widely among students, getting good advice and guidance is important. For this reason, students are encouraged to meet with their faculty advisor and student services coordinator regularly to discuss their academic plans.  In addition, students considering graduate study must choose courses that will provide a strong foundation for that. In addition, such students should seek out advanced courses in their chosen field if possible as well as a research experience.

 

SUMMER 2017 CONSERVATION BIOLOGY COURSE LIST

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Conservation Biology Major Requirements

I. Core Required Courses

Introductory Biology (must complete Intro Sequence):

Biology/Botany/Zoology 151-152: Introductory Biology, 10 cr (recommended)
or at least 10 cr from Biocore: 381, 382, 383, 384, 485, or 486
or Biology/Botany 130: General Botany and Biology/Zoology: 101-102: Animal Biology, 10 cr

Chemistry (must complete 1 course):

Chem 103: General Chemistry, 4 cr (for those who might take more chemistry)
or Chem 108: General Chemistry, 5 cr
or Chem 109: Advanced General Chemistry, 5 cr (for those who might take more chemistry)

Physical Environment (must complete 1 course):

Atm Ocn/Geosci 105: Survey of Oceanography, 3-4 cr
or Envir St/Geosci 106: Environmental Geology, 3 cr
or Envir St/Geog 120: Introduction to the Earth System, 3 cr
or Envir St/Geog 127: Physical Systems of the Environment, 5 cr
or Geosci 100: General Geology, 3 cr
or Geosci 107: Life of the Past, 3 cr
or Geosci 202: Introduction to Geologic Structures, 4 cr
or Geosci 204: Geologic Evolution of the Earth, 4 cr

Ecology & Evolution:

Students are required to take courses from at least two of the following three areas and are encouraged to take courses in all three areas:

Ecology: Botany/F&W Ecol/Zoology 460: General Ecology, 4 cr
Evolution: Geosci 110: Evolution & Extinction, 3 cr or Anthro/Botany/Zoology 410: Evolutionary Biology, 3 cr
Extinction: Envir St/F&W Ecol/Zoology 360: Extinction of Species, 3 cr

Statistics (must complete 1 course):

Stats 301: Introduction to Statistics Methods, 3 cr
or Stats 371: Introductory Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences, 3 cr

II. Species & Field Biology Courses

Choose at least 12 credits from among the following courses:

AGRONOMY/BOTANY/ SOIL SCI 370 Grassland Ecology, 3 cr
ENTOM/ ZOOLOGY 371 Medical Entomology, 3 cr
AN SCI/F&W ECOL/ZOOLOGY 520 Ornithology, 3 cr
AN SCI/F&W ECOL/ZOOLOGY 521 Birds of Southern Wisconsin, 3 cr
ANTHRO 391 Bones for the Archaeologist, 3 cr
ANTHRO 458 Primate Behavioral Ecology, 3 cr
ANTHRO 668 Primate Conservation, 3 cr
BOTANY 330  Algae, 3 cr
BOTANY/ PL PATH 332  Fungi, 4 cr
BOTANY 400 Plant Systematics, 4 cr
BOTANY 401 Vascular Flora of Wisconsin, 4 cr
BOTANY/ F&W Ecol 402  Dendrology, 2 cr
BOTANY 403  Field Collections and Identification, 1-4 cr
BOTANY 422 Plant Geography, 3 cr
BOTANY/ F&W Ecol 455  Vegetation of Wisconsin, 4 cr
BOTANY/ ENTOM/ ZOOLOGY 473  Plant-Insect Interactions, 3 cr
ENTOM/ ZOOLOGY 302  Introduction to Entomology, 4 cr
ENTOM 331  Taxonomy of Mature Insects, 4 cr
ENTOM 342  Insect Ecology, 3 cr
ENTOM 432  Taxonomy & Bionomics of Immature Insects, 4 cr
ENTOM 468  Studies in Field Entomology, 3 cr
ENTOM/ ZOOLOGY 530  Insect Behavior, 3 cr
ENVIR ST/ ZOOLOGY 315  Limnology: Conservation of Aquatic Resources, 2 cr
ENVIR ST 375  Field Ecology Workshop, 3 cr
ENVIR ST/ ZOOLOGY 510  Ecology of Fishes, 3 cr
ENVIR ST/ ZOOLOGY 511  Ecology of Fishes Laboratory, 2 cr
F&W ECOL 306  Terrestrial Vertebrates: Life History & Ecology, 3 cr
F&W ECOL 401  Physiological Animal Ecology, 3 cr
F&W ECOL 548  Diseases of Wildlife, 3 cr
F&W ECOL 655  Animal Population Dynamics, 3 cr
GEOSCI 333  The Age of Dinosaurs, 3 cr
GEOSCI/ZOOLOGY 541  Paleobiology, 3 cr
GEOSCI/ZOOLOGY 542  Invertebrate Paleontology, 3 cr
HORT 370 World Vegetable Crops, 3 cr
MICROBIO 303  Biology of Microorganisms, 3 cr
MICROBIO 304  Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory, 2 cr
MM&I/PATH-BIO/ ZOOLOGY 350  Parasitology, 3 cr
MM&I/PATH-BIO/ ZOOLOGY 351  Parasitology Laboratory, 2 cr
PSYCH  449*  Animal Behavior, 3 cr
PSYCH 450 Animal Behavior- The Primates, 3 cr
ZOOLOGY 300 Invertebrate Biology and Evolution, 3 cr
ZOOLOGY 301 Invertebrate Biology and Evolution Lab, 3 cr
ZOOLOGY 315 Limnology-Conservation of Aquatic Resources, 2 cr
ZOOLOGY 316 Limnology Lab: Conservation of Aquatic Resources, 2 cr
ZOOLOGY 425*  Behavioral Ecology, 3 cr
ZOOLOGY 430  Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates, 5 cr

*Students may not receive credit for both Zoology 425 and Psych 449 in the Conservation Biology program.

III. Elective Courses

At least one 3 credit course from Social Science elective list:

Social Science Electives:
AAE 215 Introduction to Agricultural and Applied Economics, 3 cr
AAE/ ENVIR ST 244 The Environment and Global Economy, 3 cr
C&E SOC/ SOC 140 Introduction to Community and Environmental Sociology, 3 cr
C&E SOC/F&W Ecol/SOC 248  Environment, Natural Resources, and Society, 3 cr
ECON 101  Principles of Microeconomics, 4 cr
ECON/ENVIR ST/ POLI SCI/ URB R PL 449  Government and Natural Resources, 3-4 cr
ENVIR ST/ GEOG 139  Resources and People, 3 cr
ENVIR ST/ GEOG 339  Environmental Conservation, 3-4 cr
ENVIR ST/M&ENVTOX/ PL PATH 368  Environmental Law, Toxic Substances and Conservation, 2 cr
ENVIR ST/ PHILOS 441  Environmental Ethics, 3-4 cr
ENVIR ST/ GEOG/ HISTORY 460  American Environmental History, 4 cr
ENVIRST/GEOG/HISTORY 469, 4 cr
GEOG 344  The American West, 3 cr
GEOG 359 Australia: Environment and Society, 3 cr
GEOG 538  The Humid Tropics: Ecology, Subsistence, & Development, 4 cr

To fulfill the 50 credit requirement, students may take additional courses from other categories or choose any of the additional courses listed here.  

Additional Electives
AGRON/ ENTOM/ F&W ECO/ M&E TOX 632, 633, and/or 634  Ecotoxicology, 1 cr each
AGRONOMY/ HORT 328  Integrated Weed Management, 4 cr
AHABS/ENTOM/ F&W ECOL/ M&ENVTOX/ PL PATH/ SOIL SCI 606  Colloquium in Envir Tox, 4 cr
ANTHRO 658  Ecological Models of Behavior, 3 cr
ATM OCN 100  Weather and Climate, 3 cr
ATM OCN 101  Weather and Climate, 4 cr
ATM OCN/ ENVIR ST/ GEOG 121  Atmospheric Environment and Society, 2 cr
ATM OCN/ ENVIR ST 171  Global Change: Atmospheric Issues and Problems, 2-3 cr
ATM OCN/ ENVIR ST/ PHYSICS 472  Scientific Background to Global Environmental Problems, 3 cr
BOTANY/ PL PATH 123  Plants, Parasites, People, 3 cr
BOTANY/ ZOOLOGY/ GENETICS 160  Heredity, 3 cr
BOTANY/ ZOOLOGY 260  Introductory Ecology, 3 cr
BOTANY 300  Plant Anatomy, 4 cr
BOTANY 305  Plant Morphology and Evolution, 4 cr
BOTANY/ZOOLOGY 450  Midwest Ecological Issues: A Case Study Approach, 2 cr
BOTANY/ ENTOM/ PL PATH 505  Plant-Microbe Interactions: Molecular and Ecological Aspects, 3 cr
BOTANY/ ENVIR ST/ F&W ECOL/ ZOOLOGY 651  Conservation Biology, 3 cr
C&E SOC/ ENVIR ST/ GEOG 434  People, Wildlife and Landscapes, 3 cr
ENTOM/ ZOOLOGY 540  Theoretical Ecology, 3 cr
ENTOM 699  Special Problems, 1-4 cr
ENVIR ST 126  Principles of Environmental Science, 4 cr
ENVIR ST/ GEOG/ SOIL SCI 230  Soil: Ecosystem and Resource, 3 cr
ENVIR ST 307  Literature of the Environment: Speaking for Nature, 3 cr
ENVIR ST/ SOIL SCI 324  Soils and Environmental Quality, 3 cr
ENVIR ST/ LAND ARC 361  Wetlands Ecology, 3 cr
ENVIR ST/ GEOG 377  Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, 4 cr
ENVIR ST/ POP HLTH 471  Introduction to Environmental Health, 3 cr
ENVIR ST/ F&W ECOL 515  Renewable Resources Policy, 3 cr
ENVIR ST/ GEOG 537  Culture and Environment, 4 cr
ENVIR ST/ SOIL SCI 575  Assessment of Environmental Impact, 3 cr
F&W Ecol/ ZOOLOGY 335  Human/Animal Relationships: Biological & Philosophical Issues, 3 cr
F&W Ecol 379  Principles of Wildlife Management, 3 cr
F&W Ecol 410  Principles of Silviculture, 3-4 cr
F&W Ecol 450  Communities and Forests, 3 cr
F&W Ecol 550  Forest Ecology, 3-4 cr
F&W Ecol 561  Wildlife Management Techniques, 3 cr
F&W Ecol/ LAND ARC/ ZOOLOGY 565  Principles of Landscape Ecology, 2 cr
F&W Ecol/ HORT/ STAT 571  Statistical Methods for Bioscience I, 4 cr
F&W Ecol 699 1-4 Special Problems
GENETICS 466  General Genetics, 3 cr
GEOG/ GEOSCI 320  Geomorphology, 3 cr
GEOG/ GEOLSCI 420  Glacial and Pleistocene Geology, 3 cr
GEOSCI/ GLE 627  Hydrogeology, 3-4 cr
LAND ARC 262  Landscape Inventory & Eval Methods, 4 cr
MICROBIO 101  General Microbiology, 3 cr
MICROBIO 102  General Microbiology Laboratory, 2 cr
PSYCH 556  Hormones and Behavior, 3 cr
SOIL SCI 301  General Soil Science, 4 cr
STAT 572  Statistical Methods for Bioscience II, 4 cr
ZOOLOGY 535  Ecosystem Analysis, 3 cr

*If you'd like to inquire about counting a directed study, independent study, internship, or senior thesis course towards the major, please contact your faculty advisor or BAC student services coordinator.

**When planning ahead, be sure to check course pre-requisites and the term(s) in which courses are typically offered.