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Conservation Biology

What You’ll Study at Queens  

Conservation biology combines 1) biology and the natural variety of the world (species, ecosystem, etc.) and 2) how to address the loss of diversity. If you are interested in maintaining and restoring our world, come discover how scientists, managers, policymakers, and the public can work together for change. Learn to help these groups solve problems together.

Haley and student in greenhouse

When students graduate with this degree, they are equipped to address the big environmental questions and collaborate with others to solve issues. Our faculty mentors also thoughtfully place students in internships with local or regional conservation partners that fit with their goals.

Conservation is about science AND people, and the major highlights courses outside of science. Many students take courses like policy writing, storytelling, public health, data analytics, and environmental justice. These courses will help students apply conservation science to the world through policy, multi-media presentations, law, and more.

How Can You Use This Degree? 

With this degree, you will be prepared for graduate studies, jobs in industry, research careers, or teaching biology at the secondary level (9-12). Students who complete this major will be preparing themselves for:

  • Private or public sector careers in conservation
  • Public health roles
  • Environmental management, assessment, consulting, law, or education

Highlighted Courses 

  • Biodiversity & Ecology Foundations (BIO 202)
  • Intro to Geospatial Analysis (BIO 230)
  • Quantitative Methods in Conservation (BIO 350)
  • Advanced Topics in Ecology (BIO 401)

Student Success / Highlights 

“The biology department at Queens University provided me with an exceptional platform to explore my passions and equipped me with the necessary knowledge to thrive beyond graduation. I conducted my final capstone project with a faculty member, exploring the Public Transportation of Charlotte. This project not only allowed me to pursue my personal interests but also helped me develop crucial skills like public speaking and research methodologies. All of this I can take with me into the workforce beyond graduation!”

– Mia Manual, ’23

Program Contact 

Patricia Koplas, Ph.D., PT

Z Smith Reynolds Foundation Professor of Biology
Chair of Biology and Chemistry Department
Pre-Health and Pre-Vet Advisor

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