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Environmental Conservation Biology - B.S.

Kent State University
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
Kent
Fall

Kent
Spring

Program description

Environmental Conservation Biology - B.S.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Conservation Biology is designed for students interested in a career in the environmental sciences. This program provides an interdisciplinary education in biology and the supporting fields of geology, geography and chemistry. Environmental and conservation biologists work to sustainably manage or restore ecosystems, develop and implement environmental policies, or conduct research on how ecological processes affect biological diversity.

Potential careers for graduates include wildlife ecologists, environmental educators, forest managers, environmental consultants and personnel at public environmental regulatory or land use planning agencies. The Department of Biological Sciences has several mechanisms to help students prepare for their future careers.

The Environmental and Conservation Biology major comprises the following concentrations:

  • The Conservation Biology concentration provides a strong background in applied ecology, restoration ecology and habitat management strategies used to sustain biological diversity.
  • The Environmental Policy and Management concentration provides opportunities to learn about the development and implementation of habitat management methods and public policies that promote the sustainable use of natural resources and address environmental problems.

Admission requirements

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus:

The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven regional campuses of Kent State University.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:

Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Twinsburg Academic Center, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students:

All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score, minimum 48 PTE score or minimum 100 DET score; or by completing the ESL level 112 Intensive Program.


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Program content

Conservation Biology Concentration

Semester One

  • Biological Diversity (KBS) (KLAB)
  • General Chemistry I (KBS)
  • General Chemistry I Laboratory (KBS) (KLAB)
  • Destination Kent State: First Year Experience

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Two

  • Biological Foundations (KBS) (KLAB)
  • General Chemistry II (KBS)
  • General Chemistry II Laboratory (KBS) (KLAB)

Kent Core Requirement

General Electives

Semester Three

  • General Ecology
  • Basic Organic Chemistry I
  • Basic Organic Chemistry II or Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (ELR)

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Four

  • Elements of Genetics or Basic Organic Chemistry II or Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (ELR)
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (KMCR)

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Five

  • Conservation Biology (ELR) or Statistical Methods in Geography or Scientific Methods in Geology
  • How the Earth Works (KBS)
  • How the Earth Works Laboratory (KBS) (KLAB)

Foreign Language

Semester Six

  • Writing in the Biological Sciences (WIC)

Concentration Elective

Geography Elective

Foreign Language

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Seven

  • Evolution

Concentration Electives

Geography Elective

Geology Elective

Geology Elective

Semester Eight

Concentration Electives

Geology Elective

General Elective

Environmental Policy and Management Concentration

Semester One

  • Biological Diversity (KBS) (KLAB)
  • General Chemistry I (KBS)
  • General Chemistry I Laboratory (KBS) (KLAB)
  • Destination Kent State: First Year Experience

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Two

  • Biological Foundations (KBS) (KLAB)
  • General Chemistry II (KBS)
  • General Chemistry II Laboratory (KBS) (KLAB)

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Three

  • General Ecology
  • Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (KMCR)

Economics, Policies, Resources Elective

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Four

  • Elements of Genetics
  • Environmental Biology and Management
  • Geographic Information Science

Economics, Policies, Resources Elective

General Elective

Semester Five

  • How the Earth Works (KBS)
  • How the Earth Works Laboratory (KBS) (KLAB) or Statistical Methods in Geography or Scientific Methods in Geology

Foreign Language

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Six

  • Writing in the Biological Sciences (WIC)

Concentration Electives

Geography Elective

Foreign Language

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Seven

  • Evolution

Concentration Electives

Geography Elective

Geology Elective

Semester Eight

Concentration Electives

Geology Elective

General Electives

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university's website for more information.

Tuition fees

Undergraduate

  • Tuition fees for Ohio residents: $11,587 USD per year
  • Tuition fees for residents of other states and international students: $20,463 USD per year

Qualification

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental biological principles.
  2. Acquire fundamental skills necessary for laboratory and field investigations.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of proper experimental design, analysis of biological data and communication of research results.
  4. Demonstrate a greater knowledge and appreciation of the role that biology plays in societal issues, such as those related to the environment, biodiversity, ethics, human health and disease.

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800 E Summit St
44242 Kent Ohio
United States of America

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