Conservation Biology

Integrating Science, Policy, and Values toward the maintenance of Earth's biological diversity

 
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Conservation Biology is an interdisciplinary field that has developed rapidly to respond to a global crisis confronting biological diversity and the cultural diversity that depends upon it.  Practitioners of Conservation Biology attempt to guide society toward the maintenance of organisms, landscapes, ecological processes, and natural and cultural systems, and toward sustainable management of environmental, human, and evolutionary resources.  Conservation Biology represents shifting sets of interactions among three realms: values, policy, and science.  Students in this field will become competent to conduct relevant research, make balanced value judgments, and take effective action on behalf of nature and the environment.

 

Required Courses

(16-course minimum; 8 UD minimum)  (LD = Lower Division; UD = Upper Division)

Core Courses (three)

Besides Biological Principles, select at least one other course from Biological Science Foundations

Earth Science Foundations (select at least two courses)

Place-based Field Studies (select at least one course)

Social and Historical Perspectives (select at least three courses)

Besides Conservation Biology, select at least four other courses from Principles and Practices of Conservation

Four Environmental Studies and Sustainability Distribution Courses

Senior Project (UD)

Core Courses

All three of these courses are required:

Biological Principles (LD)

Conservation Biology (UD)

Natural History and Ecology of the Southwest (8 credits; LD)

Foundational & Field Studies Courses

Biological Science Foundations (select at least one course, in addition to Biological Principles) 

Animal Behavior (UD)

Animal Biology (LD)

Behavior and Conservation of Mammals (UD)

Botany (LD)

Coastal Ecology of the Gulf of California (UD)

Human Ecology, Introduction to (LD)

Marine Biology (LD/UD)

Organic Evolution (UD)

Ornithology (LD)

Earth and Physical Sciences Foundations (select at least two courses)

Earth Science, Introduction to (LD)

Geologic Evolution of the Southwest (LD)

Geology of Arizona (LD)

Geomorphology, Topics in (UD)

Global Environmental Change (LD/UD)

Soil Science, Introduction to (LD)

Weather and Climate (LD)

Place-based Field Studies (select at least one course)

Coastal Ecology of the Gulf of California (UD)

Environmental Perspectives and Whitewater Rafting (LD/UD)

Explorations of Norway: Nature and Culture (LD/UD)

Field Biology Studies: Colorado Plateau (UD)

Marine Biology (LD/UD)

Marine Conservation: Global and Regional Perspectives (UD)

Natural History and Cultural Ecology of Kino Bay, Mexico (LD)

Sea Kayaking and Marine Landscapes (LD)

Special Topics in ENV: Predators and Prey: Ecology and Management in the Colorado Rockies (UD)

Summer Studies in Alaska: Natural History of Alaska (LD)

Summer Studies in Alaska: Contemporary Issues (UD)

Tropical Biology: The Natural History of Costa Rica (UD)

Social and Historical Perspectives (select at least three courses)

Ecological Economics, Principles of (LD)

Ecopsychology, Introduction to (LD)

Environmental Ethics (UD)

Environmental Policy, Topics in (UD)

Environmental Politics (UD)

Integrating Social and Ecological Perspectives (UD)

Issues of Global Food Production

Nature and Psyche (UD)

Nature’s Voice: Reading and Writing about Natural History (UD)

Philosophies of the Interpretive Naturalists (UD)

Principles and Practices of Conservation Biology (select at least four courses, in addition to Conservation Biology)

Behavior and Conservation of Mammals (UD)

Energy and the Environment (LD)

Environmental Problem Solving: Spatial Solutions (UD)

Field Biology Studies: Colorado Plateau (UD)

Field Methods for Plant Ecology (UD)

Geographic Information Science (LD)

Marine Conservation: Global and Regional Perspectives (UD)

Park and Wilderness Management (UD)

Restoration Ecology: Watersheds of the Southwest (UD)

Special Topics: Predators and Prey: Ecology and Management in the Colorado Rockies (UD)

Statistics for Research (UD)

Wetland Ecology and Management (UD)

Wildlife Management: Applied Conservation Biology (UD)

Recommended Distribution Courses

Life Sciences

Animal Behavior (UD)

Animal Biology (LD)

Behavior and Conservation of Mammals (UD)

Botany (LD)

Coastal Ecology of the Gulf of California (UD)

Marine Biology (LD/UD)

Organic Evolution (UD)

Ornithology (LD)

Earth and Physical Sciences

Earth Science, Introduction to (LD)

Geology of Arizona (LD)

Geologic Evolution of the Southwest (LD)

Geomorphology, Topics in (UD)

Soil Science, Introduction to (LD)

Weather and Climate (LD)

Social Systems

American Government (LD)

Ecological Economics, Principles of (LD/UD)

Environmental Ethics (UD)

Environmental Policy, Topics in (UD)

Environmental Politics (UD)

Integrating Social and Ecological Perspectives (UD)

Personal Values

Ecopsychology, Introduction to (LD)

Environmental Ethics (UD)

Nature and Psyche (UD)

Sample Sequence of Courses for Conservation Biology Emphasis

Year 1: Biological Principles, Natural History and Ecology of the Southwest, Botany,

     Earth Science

Year 2: Environmental Policy, Animal Biology, Foundations of General Chemistry

Year 3: Wetland Ecology and Management, Coastal Ecology, Conservation Biology, 

     Organic Evolution, Geographic Information Science

Year 4: Wildlife Management: Applied Conservation Biology, Field Methods for Plant   

     Ecology, Senior Project

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