Conservation Studies Courses

Offered collaboratively between New Century College and the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation this program is ideal for students who have earned an AAS in Veterinary Technology. One semester of study at the Smithsonian- Mason School of Conservation is required for completion of degree requirements.

Core Requirements

  • BAS 300 – Building Professional Competencies (3 credits)
  • BAS 490 – Introduction to Research Methods (3 credits)
  • BAS 491 – Applied Sciences Capstone

Concentration Requirements

All students must complete one of the Smithsonian Semesters listed below:

Smithsonian Semester: Conservation, Biodiversity and Society (16 credits)
  • CONS 401 – Conservation Theory (3 credits)
  • CONS 402 – Applied Conservation (3 credits)
  • CONS 410 – Human Dimensions in Conservation  (3 credits)
  • CONS 490 – Integrated Conservation Strategies (3 credits)
  • CONS 320 – Conservation in Practice (3 credits)
Smithsonian Semester: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (16 Credits)
  • CONS 403 – Ecology and Conservation Theory (3 credits)
  • CONS 404 – Monitoring and  Assessment of Biodiversity (4 credits)
  • CONS 411 – Science Communication for Conservation  (3 credits)
  • CONS 491 – Comprehensive Conservation Planning (3 credits)
  • CONS 320 – Conservation in Practice (3 credits)
Two courses (12 credits) from the following:
  • NCLC 311The Mysteries of Migration: Consequences for Conservation (6 credits)
  • NCLC 401 – Conservation Biology (6 credits)
  • NCLC 402 – Plants and People – Sustenance, Ceremony and Sustainability (6 credits)
Electives (minimum 15 credits required)

Students in this concentration have a minimum of 15 required elective credit hours selected from the courses listed below:

  • NCLC 318 – Exploring Virginia’s Watersheds (4 credits)
  • NCLC 331 – The Nonprofit Sector (4 credits)
  • NCLC 334 – Environmental Justice (4 credits)
  • NCLC 336 – Poverty, Wealth and Inequality in the US (3 credits)
  • NCLC 338 – Animal Rights and Humane Education (3 credits)
  • NCLC 395 – Field-Based Work (1-18)
  • NCLC 402 – Plants and People – Sustenance, Ceremony and Sustainability (6 credits)
  • NCLC 435 – Leadership in a Changing Environment (4 credits)

Please note: Prior to registering, please verify if there are prerequisites for the course. You may consult with your adviser or visit the course catalog for more information.

For additional information regarding requirements, please consult the program’s adviser, Kelly Dunne at (kdunne@gmu.edu).

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