Ecology and Evolutionary Biology / Undergraduate Study

Conservation Biology Minor

The Conservation Biology minor is designed for students who wish to augment their major program of study with courses addressing issues central to the conservation and sustainability of biodiversity and natural ecosystem processes. The minor seeks to provide students with a greater depth of experience and understanding of the role that science can play in developing conservation policy.

To enter the minor, students must (1) be in good academic standing (2.0 grade-point average or better), (2) have completed Life Sciences 1 or 7B, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 100, and 116 (or Environment 121) with minimum grades of C or better, and (3) submit a petition by e-mail to the Undergraduate Advising Office. All degree requirements, including the specific requirements for this minor, must be fulfilled within the unit maximum set forth by the College of Letters and Science.

Non-life sciences majors wishing to minor in Conservation Biology should be aware that preparation courses in chemistry, life sciences, mathematics, and physics are requisites to some of the upper-division courses accepted for the minor.

Required Lower-Division Course (5 units): Life Sciences 1 or 7B.

Required Upper-Division Courses (28 units minimum): Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 100, 116 (or Environment 121), and four to six courses (19 units minimum) from 100L, 101, 103, 105, 109, 109L, 111, 112, 113A, 113AL, 114A, 114B, C119A, C119B, 122, M127 (or Environment M127 or Geography M127), 129, M131 (or Geography M117), 142, 151A, 152, 153, 154, 155, 161, 162, 162L, C174, 176, 180A, 180B, Geography 102, 104, M106 (or Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences M106), M107 (or Environment M114), 108, M109, 111, 113, M127, M131 (or Environment M130), 135. Courses completed as part of the Field Biology Quarter and Marine Biology Quarter may be applied if not taken to fulfill a field quarter requirement; consult with the undergraduate counselors for more information. A maximum of two upper-division Geography courses may be applied to the minor.

A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor. Transfer credit for any of the above is subject to departmental approval; consult with the undergraduate counselors before enrolling in any courses for the minor.

Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have a minimum grade of C (2.0) in each and an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better in the minor. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.