Lake Superior State University

Conservation Biology: Bachelor of Science

Program Description


The BS in Conservation Biology prepares students for careers which help alleviate a wide range of challenges such as invasive species, altered landscapes, species extinctions, or the restoration of degraded aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Our selection of rigorous field based courses in watersheds, soils, forestry, ecology (general, fish, wildlife or plant), and organisms (mammalogy, ornithology, ichthyology, or entomology) offers an unparalleled set of foundational courses in the natural sciences. Combining this coursework with interdisciplinary courses and GIS technology adds the breadth needed to formulate sustainable solutions to local, regional and global conservation challenges. Electives allow students to tailor the program to their interests and career goals. Students may choose as a capstone experience, a summer semester internship working in a professional capacity in conservation biology or a senior thesis research project. Students will be prepared for careers or for graduate work in conservation biology or a broad range of related areas.

Conservation Biology


Degree Requirements


Major Requirements (92-96 credits)

Conservation core (48-51 credits)

  • BIOL131 General Biology: Cells 4
  • BIOL132 General Biology: Organisms 4
  • BIOL199 Freshman Seminar 1
  • BIOL203 Fundamentals of Natural Resources 3
  • BIOL220 Genetics 4
  • BIOL250 Quantitative Biology 3
  • BIOL287 Conservation Biology 3
  • BIOL299 Sophomore Seminar 1
  • BIOL337 General Ecology 3
  • BIOL499 Senior Seminar 1
  • ECON202 Principles of Microeconomics 3
  • ECON307 Environmental Economics 3
  • EVRN126 Interpretation of Maps and Aerial Photographs 2
  • EVRN131 Introduction to GIS and GPS 3
  • INTD300 The Human Environment 3
  • MATH111 College Algebra 3

Experiential Learning Project

  • INTD398 Planning an Experiential Learning Project 1
  • BIOL497 Internship in Conservation Biology 3-6

Conservation Biology Requirements (44-48 credits)

  • BIOL230 Introduction to Soil Science 4
  • BIOL280 Biometrics 3
  • BIOL284 Principles of Forest Conservation 4
  • BIOL286 Principles of Watersheds 3
  • BIOL420 Evolutionary Analysis 3
  • BIOL470 Restoration Ecology 3
  • BIOL Elective (if BIOL497 is for 3 cr) 3
  • CHEM115 General Chemistry I 5
  • CHEM116 General Chemistry II 4
  • EVRN231 Intermediate GIS 2
  • MATH112 Calculus for Business and Life Sciences 4
  • MATH207 Principles of Statistical Methods 3

Ecology Specialization- Select one (3 credits)

Systematic- Select one (3-4 credits)

Research Option (8 credits)

Substitutes for Experiential Learning Project Course Work

  • BIOL399 Junior Seminar 1
  • BIOL495 Senior Project 2
  • BIOL499 Senior Seminar 1
  • BIOL Elective 3
  • BIOL Elective 3

General Education (22 credits)

  • ENGL110 First-year Composition I 3
  • ENGL111 First-year Composition II 3
  • COMM101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
  • HUMN251 Humanities I 4
  • HUMN Elective 3-4
  • Diversity Elective 3
  • Social Science Elective 3-4

Free Electives (7-12 credits)

Total Credits: 124-125


Bachelor of Arts Degree Notes (if applicable): One year (8 credits) of a modern language other than English. If taken at LSSU, this would be: CHIN151-152, FREN151-152 or 251-252, GRMN141-142 or 241-242, NATV141-142 or 201-202, or SPAN161-162.

One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Science Degree Notes (if applicable): At least eight (8) semester credits in addition to courses used for general education requirements from categories of social science, natural science, computer science or mathematics.

These bachelor of science degree requirements can be used for majors or minors, but not general education.