Lake Superior State University

Conservation Leadership: Bachelor of Arts

Program Description

The BA in Conservation Leadership prepares students for careers in global, national and community environmental conservation and advocacy programs. This multi-disciplinary program combines a strong core in the biological sciences with classes in geographic information systems, communications, business and economics, and political science. Students also take a year of foreign language, and students are encouraged to gain international experiences. The program is flexible, allowing students to select classes that best match their educational and career goals. Students conclude their program by completing an environmentally related service learning project for an environmental organization, unit of government, or business.

Conservation Biology

Degree Requirements

Major Requirements

Conservation Core (48-51 credits)

Experiential Learning Project

  • INTD398 Designing an Experiential Learning Project 1
  • BIOL497 Internship in Convervation Biology 3-6

Conservation Leadership Requirements (43-48 credits)

Ecological Management Directed Electives Select two: (7-8 credits)

  • BIOL230 Introduction to Soil Science 4
  • BIOL284 Principles of Forest Conservation 4
  • BIOL286 Principles of Watersheds 3

Systematics Directed Electives Select two: (6-7 credits)

Statistics - Select one (3-4 credits)

Management/Marketing Directed Elective-Select one (3-4 credits)

  • MGMT360 Managment Concepts and Applications 3
  • MRKT281 Marketing Principles and Strategies 3
  • MRKT385 Services Marketing 3

Political Science Directed Elective Select one (3-4 credits)

  • POLI130 Introduction State and Local Government 4
  • POLI201 Public Administration 3

Communications Directed Electives Select two (6-7 credits)

  • COMM280 Understanding the Mass Media 3
  • COMM302 Argumentation and Advocacy 3
  • COMM320 Public Relations 4
  • COMM416 Communicatons in Leadership 3

Chemistry & Environmental Science (7 credits)

Free Electives (6-11 credits)

  • Minimum at 300/400 level 6

General Education:  All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU general education core requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

Bachelor of Arts degree (8 credits): One year of a modern language other than English.  If taken at LSSU, this would be CHIN151-CHIN152 or CHIN251-CHIN252; FREN151-FREN152 or FREN251-FREN252; GRMN141-GRMN142 or GRMN241-GRMN242; NATV141-NATV142 or NATV201-NATV202; or SPAN161-SPAN162. One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Core Requirements.

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