Conservation Studies

Why This Degree?

As our society faces the growing challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss, and ecosystem collapse, this concentration has never been more relevant. These complex global challenges necessitate an integrative approach and draws upon fields such as biology, policy, conflict resolution, environmental justice, economics and communication. Combined traditional coursework and unique hands-on curriculum positions Conservation Studies to compete in today’s diverse conservation job market or enter graduate school.

This concentration prepares graduates for careers in:

  • Environmental conservation organizations and other non-profits
  • Parks and recreational departments and districts
  • Federal, state, and local agencies
  • Education, public outreach, and training
  • Environmental consulting or law
  • Urban planning agencies, private landowners, developers
  • Food systems/sustainability or agriculture


Please refer to the University Catalog to view the curriculum for this concentration.