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Natural Resources: Conservation Biology Emphasis

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Natural Resources: Conservation Biology Emphasis

Bachelor of Science

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Students in the Conservation Biology Option study conservation across taxa (invertebrates, vertebrates, plants, microbes) and across scientific disciplines (ecology, genetics, evolution), supported by courses in policy, planning, and economics. Graduates of the program will be equipped to pursue careers in education, law, policy, and other non-scientific approaches to conservation.  Most will have the knowledge, skills, and experiences for careers as conservation biologists, conservation planners, ecologists, environmental educators, researchers, or resource managers, and could become qualified for Civil Service positions under the titles Ecologist, Fish and Wildlife Biologists, and Botanist with suitable course selection. All programs in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment tend to emphasize applications of ecological principles for conservation and management of plant, animal, and water resources at local and global scales, and solutions to negative impacts of human activity. Students complete courses that provide a foundation in natural resource science, conservation, and management, and elective courses that allow students to explore areas of interest.

Major Details

College: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    The M-strand is for students who require mathematical facility at the level of at least MATH 110 (Collegiate Algebra). This strand involves reasonable facility with algebra and algebraic functions, graphs, and simple modeling. Students who choose the M-strand are prepared for further mathematical work. This work may include LING 178 (The Mathematics of Language and Linguistics), MATH 114 (Finite Mathematics), MATH 113 (Elements of Calculus), or a statistics class from outside the Mathematics Department, such as ISTA 116 (Statistical Foundations for the Information Age) or SBS 200 (Statistics for the Social Sciences).
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2017 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
CHEM 151 or CHEM 141 and 143: General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 101 First Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
RNR 200 Conservation of Natural Environments 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
CHEM 152 or CHEM 142 and 144: General Chemistry II 4
ENGL 102 First Year Composition 3
ECOL 182R General Biology II 3
ECOL 182L General Biology II 1
Tier I General Education 3
MATH 113, 122B, or 125 3
3rd Semester
ECON 200 Basic Economic Issues 3
RNR 316 Natural Resources Ecology 3
Statistics 3
RNR 230R and L Field Botany 3
MCB 181L General Biology I Lab 1
MCB 181R General Biology I Lecture 3
4th Semester
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Technical Writing 3
RNR 384 Natural Resources Management Practices 3
5th Semester
Natural Resources Management Elective 3
Environment Elective 3
Organismal Biology Elective 4
Technical Skills Elective 3
Second Language 4
6th Semester
RNR 321 Ecological Surveys and Sampling 3
ECOL 406R Conservation Biology 3
Organismal Biology Elective 4
Technical Electives 3
Second Language 4
7th Semester
Social Dimensions Elective 3
SNRE requirement 1
Technical Electives 12
8th Semester
Oral or Media Communication 3
Genetics: PLS 312 4
Technical Electives 6
RNR 480 Natural Resources Policy and Law 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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