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Conservation Biology


Programs in conservation biology teach people to use science to promote biodiversity and to protect species and habitats.

Conservation biology programs include topics such as:


Community colleges and other two-year schools offer associate degree programs in conservation biology. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Several colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in conservation biology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Several universities offer graduate degrees in conservation biology. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree in conservation biology or a related science, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

No matter where you go to school, you're likely to take a set of "core" courses similar to the list above. Once you've completed those courses, you can take advanced courses in ecology.

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate programs may include:

Graduate students usually focus on one area of interest. Typical courses vary by specialty. All require original research. A list of common graduate requirements is below:

Things to Know

Take every opportunity to get hands-on experience doing fieldwork. Get a summer or part-time job with a park or nature center, or attend a summer field camp. Some programs may require an internship.

Many jobs in this field require you to write technical reports and give presentations. Taking writing and speaking courses will develop your communication skills.

With training in this field, you can work in wildlife management programs, nature preserves, government agencies, and environmental consulting firms.


East Side Area

Central Washington University

Washington State University - Pullman

King-Snohomish Area

Cascadia College

Everett Community College

Seattle University

University of Washington - Seattle

Tacoma Area

Tacoma Community College

University of Washington - Tacoma

Tri-Cities Area

Washington State University - Tri-Cities

West Side Area

Evergreen State College, The