Specialization in Ecology and Conservation Biology
With global climate change apparently accelerating, an understanding of ecology, ecosystems, and the measures needed to sustain Earth’s life-support systems has become increasingly important. The specialization in Ecology & Conservation Biology is designed for students seeking a greater depth of training in this critical area of contemporary biology. The specialization requires two introductory biology courses, three foundation courses in genetics, ecology, and conservation biology, and seven additional advanced electives in biology, selected from a broad range of courses in forest ecology, ecosystem ecology, tropical ecology, evolution, animal behavior, behavioral ecology, vertebrate biology, plant biology, biology of mammals, ornithology, molecular phylogenetics and evolution, and marine biology. In addition to these core and elective biology courses, students are encouraged to take environmental science and policy courses offered by the Department of Geography and Environment. Qualified students may also participate in Boston University’s semester-long Tropical Ecology Program in Ecuador, other approved off-campus field courses, and/or independent research projects with faculty during the summer or academic year.
This specialization provides students with a sound conceptual framework as well as hands-on experiences in ecology and conservation biology, preparing them for graduate study in the environmental sciences and careers in academia, government, or the private sector.