Conservation Ecology - Bachelor of Science in Conservation Ecology
Co-directors of the Program:
Professor, Michele Nishiguchi, Department Head, Biology
Professor, Gerald Sims, Interim Department Head, Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology
Professors Bailey, Boecklen, Boeing, Caldwell, Cowley, Desmond, Hanley, Houde, Milligan, Nishiguchi, Roemer, Smith, Wright; Associate Professors Cain, James, Mabry; Assistant Professors Ferrenberg
New Mexico State University offers an interdisciplinary, undergraduate program in Conservation Ecology. The goal of this program is to train biologists for the current and future challenges that we face in the conservation and wise use of our Earth’s natural resources. An overriding principle of the program is to provide a solid foundation in basic science coupled with a practical approach towards sustainability and stewardship. The curriculum encompasses several disciplines and includes a wide variety of courses from the Biology; Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology; Geography; and Range Science departments.
The educational experience will provide students with an overview of global biodiversity and an understanding of the ecological and evolutionary processes that have created and sustained it. Courses in population and community ecology coupled with population viability analysis and risk assessment will give students the necessary background to understand the theory and development of these fields as well as the tools to tackle real-world problems. Courses in basic genetics, evolution, and conservation genetics will expose students to the importance of conserving genetic variation in order to maintain adaptive potential within populations, thereby sustaining the evolutionary process. Students will also receive background on wildlife law and environmental policy, information vital for assisting governing bodies in making decisions regarding the protection and wise use of our natural resources. Skills obtained in the application of geographic information systems, molecular genetics, and professional communication can also be acquired through various electives. In sum, we seek to provide undergraduate students with an education that will allow them the opportunity to contribute to the conservation of all life on Earth.
The requirements are listed below. In addition, each required course must be passed with a grade of C- or better.
Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.
|Area I: Communications||10|
English Composition - Level 1 1
English Composition - Level 2
|Technical and Scientific Communication (either are preferred)||3|
or ENGL 318G
|Advanced Technical and Professional Communication|
Oral Communication 1
|Area II: Mathematics||3-4|
|Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences 2||3-4|
or MATH 192G
|Calculus and Analytic Geometry II|
|Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences||11|
|General Chemistry I||4|
|General Chemistry II||4|
Choose one from the following (3 credits):
|Introduction to Economics||3|
|Principles of Macroeconomics||3|
|Principles of Microeconomics||3|
|Area V: Humanities 1||3|
|Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 1||3|
|General Education Elective|
|FWCE 110G||Introduction to Natural Resources Management||4|
|Viewing a Wider World||3|
One VWW course will be meet with the 9-credit rule 3
|BIOL 111G||Natural History of Life||3|
|BIOL 111GL||Natural History of Life Laboratory||1|
|BIOL 211G||Cellular and Organismal Biology||3|
|BIOL 211GL||Cellular and Organismal Biology Laboratory||1|
|BIOL 301||Principles of Ecology||3|
|or FWCE 301||Wildlife Ecology|
|BIOL 305||Principles of Genetics||3|
|or AGRO 305||Principles of Genetics|
|BIOL 312||Plant Taxonomy||3|
|or RGSC 316||Rangeland Plants|
|BIOL 313||Structure and Function of Plants||3|
|or FWCE 457||Ecological Biometry|
|BIOL 462||Conservation Biology||3|
|BIOL 488||Principles of Conservation Genetics||3|
|or BCHE 341||Survey of Biochemistry|
|FWCE 255||Principles of Fish and Wildlife Management||3|
|FWCE 330||Natural History of the Vertebrates||4|
|FWCE 402||Seminar in Natural Resource Management||1|
|FWCE 409||Introduction to Population Ecology||3|
|FWCE 447||Wildlife Law and Policy||3|
|FWCE 464||Management of Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecosystems||4|
|Physiology of Humans|
and Laboratory of Human Physiology
|Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals||4|
|Environmental Biology of Fishes||4|
|Diversity of Life Requirement||6-8|
|Avian Field Ecology||4|
|Non-Departmental Requirements (in addition to Gen.Ed/VWW)|
|CHEM 211||Organic Chemistry||4|
|Choose one from the following:||4|
|General Physics I|
and General Physics I Laboratory
|General Physics for Life Sciences I|
and Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science I
|Choose one from the following:||4|
|General Physics II|
and General Physics II Laboratory
|General Physics for Life Sciences II|
and Laboratory to General Physics for Life Sciences II
|Second Language: (not required)|
|Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 4||9-5|
Select additional electives to bring total to 120 credits including 48 upper division credits. 5
See the General Education Section of the catalog for a full list of courses.
Either MATH 142G Calculus for the Biological and Management Sciences or MATH 192G Calculus and Analytic Geometry II is required for the degree but students may need to take any prerequisites needed to enter these courses.
One Viewing a Wider World course will be satisfied using the 9-hour rule: students with Biology as home department use FWCE courses and students with Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology as home department use BIOL courses.
Other related courses may include BIOL 436 Disease Vector Biology, BIOL 442 Genomics Technology, BIOL 446 Bioinformatics and NCBI Database, BIOL 469 Biology of Emerging Infectious Diseases, BIOL 489 Genetic Aspects of Population Biology, ECON 337V Natural Resource Economics, GEOG 381 Cartography and Geographic Information Systems, GEOG 481 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science (GIS), GEOL 111G Introductory Geology, GEOL 424 Soil Chemistry, GOVT 378 U.S.-Mexico Border Politics, RGSC 318 Watershed Management, RGSC 325 Rangeland Restoration Ecology, RGSC 452 Vegetation Measurements for Rangeland Assessment.
Elective credit may vary based on prerequisites, dual credit, AP credit, double majors, and/or minor coursework. The elective credits in the requirements list is the amount needed to bring the total to 120 credits and may vary based on the degree. Students may need to complete more or less courses on a case-by-case basis and each student should discuss elective requirements with their advisor.
Second Language Requirement
For the Bachelor of Science in Conservation Ecology there is no second language requirement for the degree.