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To declare the interdisciplinary minor in Conservation Biology, visit the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology office in the Wagar Building, Room 114.

Conservation Biology is a scientific discipline and management context that deals with the diversity of life in ecosystems. Humans have tremendous effects on other species and ecosystems on Earth, and Conservation Biology considers these effects, and how our impacts can be altered to sustain diverse and healthy ecosystems.

Conservation Biology encompasses a wide range of biological sciences such as genetics, evolution, and physiology, as well as a wide range of ecological sciences such as biodiversity, competition, predator/prey relations, and long-term dynamics.

This university-wide undergraduate minor addresses contemporary environmental issues that deal with biological diversity and prepares students to play an active role in the maintenance of biological diversity.

The interdisciplinary minor in Conservation Biology in the Warner College of Natural Resources at CSU is a minor that can be included with a wide range of majors to form a strong bachelor's degree program.

Effective Fall 2023

Students must satisfactorily complete the total credits required for the minor. Minors and interdisciplinary minors require 12 or more upper-division (300- to 400-level) credits.

Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisites.

Core Curriculum
LIFE 320Ecology3
NR 300Biological Diversity3
SOC 220Environment, Food, and Social Justice (GT-SS3)3
Select one course from the following: 13-4
Introduction to Evolution
Molecular and General Genetics
Principles of Genetics
Select 9-10 credits from the following: 29-10
Tropical Ecology and Evolution
Global Change Impacts, Adaptation, Mitigation
Forest and Rangeland Ecogeography
Rangeland and Forest Ecogeography
Forest Ecology
Conservation of Fish in Aquatic Ecosystems
Conservation and Management of Large Mammals
Wildlife Habitat Use and Management
American Environmental History
Applications in Conservation Planning
Wilderness Management
Environmental Ethics
U.S. Environmental Politics and Policy
Rangeland Conservation and Stewardship
Wildland Ecosystems in a Changing World
Program Total Credits:21

Select one of the courses listed or any other genetics or evolution course.


Select enough credits to bring program total to a minimum of 21 credits, of which 12 must be upper-division.