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Biology – Ecology/ Conservation

About the Degree:

Ecologists study the relationships between all organisms and their physical environment. Conservation biologists focus on the management and protection of life at all levels, including individual species, habitats, and entire ecosystems. As species extinctions, habitat loss, pollution, and climate change continue, ecologists and conservation biologists continue their efforts to understand and protect our natural world.

What Can I Do With This Major?

Your Future with Our Conservation Degree

Students who have graduated with an ecology and conservation biology emphasis from Missouri Southern have found careers in the following locations:

  • Federal positions (Army Corps of Engineers, The National Park Service)
  • Graduate schools (MS and PhD programs)
  • Laboratory facilities (both animal and biomedical)
  • Private industry (National Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, etc.)
  • Regional positions (habitat managers, biologists)
  • State positions (Missouri Department of Conservation, Department of Natural Resources)
  • Zoos and aquariums

What You’ll Learn:

  • Students interested in ecology and conservation biology will learn how to work as professional field biologists. They will learn how to monitor populations, restore habitats, handle animals, and identify and preserve the natural world.
  • We offer a multitude of ecology and conservation courses including: Aquatic Ecology, Biomes, Conservation Biology, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, Entomology, Economic Botany, Environmental Biology, Environmental Health and Safety, Epidemiology, Evolution, General Ecology, Geographic Information Systems, Herpetology, Mammalogy, Parasitology, Plant Pathology, Plant Taxonomy, and Virology

This Degree is Great for You if:

  • If you enjoy the outdoors and want to work with and protect nature, this is the perfect degree path for you. You will be prepared to work with state, federal or non-profit organizations in areas such as resource management, wildlife biology, field research or fisheries research and management.


Current Catalog

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science - Biology

Other options (Current Catalog)

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science - Pre-Med "Yours to Lose" Major
Bachelor of Science in Education - Biology Education Major


Biology Minor

Past Catalogs