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Conservation Biology, B.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Sault Sainte Marie, MI, United States
The BS in Conservation Biology from Lake Superior State University prepares students for careers whose goal is to solve a wide range of environmental challenges such as invasive species, altered landscapes, species extinctions, or the restoration of degraded aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. 

Overview

Our selection of rigorous field based courses in watersheds, soils, forestry, ecology (general, fish, wildlife or plant), and organisms (mammalogy, ornithology, ichthyology, or entomology) offers a strong set of foundational courses in the natural sciences.  Combining this coursework with interdisciplinary courses and GIS technology adds the breadth needed to formulate sustainable solutions to local, regional and global conservation challenges. 

Electives allow students to tailor the program to their interests and career goals. Conservation Biology students at Lake Superior State University may choose as a capstone experience, a summer semester internship working in a professional capacity in conservation biology or a senior thesis research project.  Students will be prepared for careers or for graduate work in conservation biology or a broad range of related areas.

The Human Dimensions Concentration prepares students for careers in global, national and community conservation advocacy programs including environmental outreach and policy development and communication.  This multi-disciplinary program combines a strong core in the biological sciences with classes in geographic information science, communications, business and economics, and political science.  

The program is flexible, allowing students to select classes that best match their educational and career goals.  Students conclude their program by completing a conservation related service learning project for a conservation organization, unit of government, or business (e.g., land conservancies, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, watershed organizations, zoos and aquariums).

Accreditation

Lake Superior State University has remained accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1968. This regional accrediting body was established in 1895 and currently oversees more than 1000 higher education institutions from 19 states.

Detailed Programme Facts

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    Admission for new freshmen and transfer students will typically close by the Friday before classes begin.

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

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Interpretation of Maps & Aerial Photos
  • General Biology: Cells
  • General Biology: Organisms
  • Freshman Seminar
  • Fundamentals of Natural Resources
  • Genetics
  • Introduction to Soil Science
  • Quantitative Biology
  • Biometrics
  • Principles of Forest Conservation
  • Principles of Watersheds
  • Conservation Biology
  • Sophomore Seminar
  • The Human Environment
  • General Ecology
  • Evolutionary Analysis
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Senior Seminar 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6

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  • Minimum required score:

    61

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.4
Recommended score: 2.4

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.4 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 2.4 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Requirements:

  • Submission of Online Application
  • Submission of official transcripts.
  • Submission test scores.  (Test scores are not required for students who have been out of high school for two years or more or for students with 19 credits or more of transfer credit completed after high school.)
  • Submit test scores.  (Test scores are not required for students who have been out of high school for two years or more or for students with 19 credits or more of transfer credit completed after high school.)
  • Minimum admissions criteria is a 2.4 high school GPA and SAT score of 980 or ACT score of 19 or above.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    500 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 500 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    500 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 500 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Per Credit hour

Living costs for Sault Sainte Marie

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

More than 90% of full-time students receive aid.

Scholarships ranging from $500 to $8,000 are available to high school graduates and Michigan community college graduates. Students must be admitted to LSSU by March 1 for consideration.

LSSU participates in most federal and state financial aid programs.

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