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Conservation Biology, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cortland, NY, United States
You’ll find a strong emphasis on the biology of organisms and ecosystems along with the application of modern scientific approaches to environmental problems and their connections to human activities when you study conservation biology at SUNY Cortland. It also was one of the first programs of the kind offered at the undergraduate level.
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This major in the Biological Sciences Department provides a multidisciplinary approach to understanding and preserving Earth's plant and animal species and the ecosystems on which they depend. Students in this major can prepare for entry into a variety of environmental professions or graduate school.

Special Features

Field facilities as part of the W.H. Parks Family Center for Environmental and Outdoor Education include:

  • Hoxie Gorge Nature Preserve located seven miles from the College
  • Antlers and Camp Huntington in the Adirondacks
  • Brauer Field Station near Albany
  • Faculty dedicated to providing quality education and research opportunities include:
  • Tim Baroni, biodiversity of fleshy fungi
  • Steven Broyles, plant pollination ecology
  • Patricia Conklin, molecular genetics
  • Peter Ducey, herpetology and soil animal ecology
  • Terrence Fitzgerald, entomology
  • Angela Pagano, aquatic ecology
  • MaryBeth Voltura, small mammal ecology

If you participate in a research project, you may find yourself presenting your scientific findings at local and regional professional meetings. 

Study and work in our state-of-the-art classroom and research facility.  

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  •  Biological Sciences
  •  Cellular Biology 
  •  Genetics 
  •  Conservation Biology 

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Complete the Application for Undergraduate Admission
  • Complete the FSA-2, Autobiographical Essay
  • Submit official transcripts from your secondary school
  • Submit a photocopy of the information page from your current passport
  • Submit documentation of English proficiency if English is not your native language.  
  • Complete the FSA-4, International Student Financial Statement
  • Submit the required verification documents to support the financial statement
  • Submit the SUNY Cortland I-20 Request Form

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16650 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16650 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    6870 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6870 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cortland

  • 874 - 1910 USD/month
    Living Costs

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