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 has made a commitment toward a more sustainable world, and knowledge of conservation biology and ecology, gained 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 within a range of ecosystems, including rivers, wetlands, grasslands, urban landscapes and forests.

This program is available as an accelerated degree program:

Degree Offered

Biological Sciences (Conservation Biology and Ecology) (BS)
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Career Outlook

The curriculum prepares students for employment and provides a solid platform for students who wish to attend graduate school. The skills and concepts are preparation 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
Bioinformatics Scientists -0.4%$74,720
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary 16.2%$74,580
Clinical Research Coordinators 3.3%$120,050
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health 10.7%$66,250
Range Managers6.9%$61,860
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists 4%$58,270
Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary6.8%$84,090
Natural Sciences Managers 3.3%$120,050
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 5.8%$56,310
Water Resource Specialists 3.3%$120,050
Life Scientists, All Other7.2%$69,100
Molecular and Cellular Biologists -0.4%$74,720
Museum Technicians and Conservators5.2%$39,940
Park Naturalists6.9%$61,860
Soil and Water Conservationists 6.9%$61,860

* 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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