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Lake Superior State University

Conservation Biology: Bachelor of Science

Program Description

The BS in Conservation Biology prepares students for careers which help alleviate a wide range of challenges such as invasive species, altered landscapes, species extinctions, or the restoration of degraded aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Our selection of rigorous field based courses in watersheds, soils, forestry, ecology (general, fish, wildlife or plant), and organisms (mammalogy, ornithology, ichthyology, or entomology) offers an unparalleled set of foundational courses in the natural sciences. Combining this coursework with interdisciplinary courses and GIS technology adds the breadth needed to formulate sustainable solutions to local, regional and global conservation challenges. Electives allow students to tailor the program to their interests and career goals. Students may choose as a capstone experience, a summer semester internship working in a professional capacity in conservation biology or a senior thesis research project. Students will be prepared for careers or for graduate work in conservation biology or a broad range of related areas.

Conservation Biology

Degree Requirements

Major Requirements (92-96 credits)

Conservation core (48-51 credits)

Experiential Learning Project

  • INTD398 Planning an Experiential Learning Project 1
  • BIOL497 Internship in Conservation Biology 3-6

Conservation Biology Requirements (44-48 credits)

  • BIOL230 Introduction to Soil Science 4
  • BIOL280 Biometrics 3
  • BIOL284 Principles of Forest Conservation 4
  • BIOL286 Principles of Watersheds 3
  • BIOL420 Evolutionary Analysis 3
  • BIOL470 Restoration Ecology 3
  • BIOL Elective (if BIOL497 is for 3 cr) 3
  • CHEM115 General Chemistry I 5
  • CHEM116 General Chemistry II 4
  • EVRN231 Intermediate GIS 2
  • MATH112 Calculus for Business and Life Sciences 4
  • MATH207 Principles of Statistical Methods 3

Ecology Specialization- Select one (3 credits)

Systematic- Select one (3-4 credits)

Research Option (8 credits)

Substitutes for Experiential Learning Project Course Work

  • BIOL399 Junior Seminar 1
  • BIOL495 Senior Project 2
  • BIOL499 Senior Seminar 1
  • BIOL Elective 3
  • BIOL Elective 3

Free Electives (7-12 credits)

General Education:  All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU general education core requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Core Requirements.

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