Learning Pathways - Conservation Science


Students who wish to pursue careers in conservation, habitat restoration, wildlife and land management, environmental education, or field biology research should consider this pathway. Potential employers include local, state, and federal government agencies, environmental consulting firms, non-profit environmental organizations, and educational institutions.

For Environmental Studies majors, the B.S. degree program is the most appropriate choice for students interested in this pathway. (The Environmental Studies B.G.S. and B.A. degree program requirements don’t include introductory biology and chemistry, which are pre-requisites for the advanced classes in biology and ecology.) Students interested in this pathway should also take one or more courses in GIS (for example, EVRN 410: Geospatial Analysis).

There are many possibilities for additional elective courses that would be relevant to this pathway. The courses listed below are grouped by subject, and emphasize biological sciences. Some of them are cross-listed with EVRN numbers (not shown). Be aware that some of those listed below are not offered every year—so you must be prepared to be flexible in planning your schedule.

In addition to an undergraduate degree, work or volunteer experience is essential to compete effectively for jobs in these fields. An internship can be an excellent way to get that experience. Relevant work experience also can be used as a substitute for academic coursework in some job applications. For example, KU doesn’t offer courses specifically in wildlife management. In that case, internship experience (or taking a course from another university) would be essential.


Robert Hagen, Environmental Studies - Lead Faculty Member, Conservation Science

Helen Alexander, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Kelly Kindscher, Environmental Studies
Town Peterson, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Ray Pierotti, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Jorge Soberón, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology


Suggested Courses

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Typically Offered Every Two Years


Typically Offered Less Than Every Two Years


Study Abroad - Costa Rica/India (Typically offered in the summer)

PLEASE NOTE: If you are interested in enrolling in one of the courses listed above, remember to check the Schedule of Classes or contact the offering department (e.g., Geography & Atmospheric Science) to verify that the course will be offered during the semester in which you plan to enroll in the course.

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