Biological Sciences (Conservation Biology and Ecology) (BS)
Accelerated Program

Ecology is the study of the distribution and abundance of organisms, the interactions among organisms, and the interactions between organisms and the physical environment. Conservation biology is an applied science based on ecological principles that focuses on conserving biological diversity and on restoring degraded ecosystems.

Arizona State University is committed to a more sustainable world and sharing knowledge of conservation biology and ecology through the BS program in biological sciences with a concentration in conservation biology and ecology is one critical component to help meet this global challenge.

Conservation biologists at ASU investigate the impact of humans on Earth's biodiversity and develop practical approaches to prevent the extinction of species and promote the sustainable use of biological resources. Some investigate the causes of ecosystem degradation and use ecological principles to reestablish desired conditions in a variety of ecosystems, including rivers, wetlands, grasslands, urban landscapes and forests.

This program is available as an accelerated degree program:

Due to the high volume of overlap in curriculum, students enrolled in this degree are not permitted to declare a concurrent degree combination with any other program within the School of Life Sciences. Students should speak with their academic advisor for any further questions.

Degree Offered

Biological Sciences (Conservation Biology and Ecology) (BS)
Liberal Arts and Sciences, The College of

Tempe, Online

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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Career Outlook

The curriculum prepares students with skills and concepts for employment and provides a solid platform for students who wish to attend graduate school. Graduates are prepared for careers with:

  • governmental agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and state game and fish departments
  • K-12 education, colleges and universities
  • nongovernmental organizations such as The Nature Conservancy and Conservation International
  • private companies focused on environmental resources, environmental law or environmental economics

The concentration can provide training in specific skills that might be needed in these areas:

  • animal and plant physiology, identification and ecology
  • behavioral ecology and population biology
  • community, ecosystem and landscape ecology
  • conservation of endangered species
  • ecology of different habitats, including cities, lakes, rivers and grasslands
  • restoration of degraded ecosystems

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary 9.3%$85,600
Climate Change Policy Analysts 7.8%$73,230
Conservation Scientists 5.1%$64,020
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health 7.8%$73,230
Fish and Game Wardens 1.2%$58,040
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists 3.9%$66,350
Geographic Information Systems Technologists and Technicians 5.7%$92,870
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education3.8%$62,870
Water Resource Specialists 4.8%$137,940
Park Naturalists 5.1%$64,020

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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