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Bachelor in Conservation and Environmental Biology, BS Degree Program

If you want to make an impact on the planet beyond your own ecological footprint, this program is designed for you. Opportunities abound in learning about and researching water and soil quality, the urban ecosystem, declining bee and bird populations, and restoring native biodiversity in the face of climate change and loss of natural habitats.

Conservation and Environmental Biology are both interdisciplinary sciences that focus on the impacts of natural and human activities on the environment and the impacts of the environment on human health and biodiversity. The Bachelor in Conservation and Environmental Biology Degree Program at UB offers an outstanding preparation for students with an interest in organismal biology to prepare for exciting careers in one of the fastest growing job markets for biologists. The program offers concentrations in Marine Biology and Environmental Science.

Students with a degree in Conservation and Environmental Biology can seek positions as fishery and wildlife managers, water and air quality technicians, mapping and surveying technicians, park rangers, and as field research assistants in projects ranging from the coral reefs, to tropical canopies, to the Antarctic. The program is excellent preparation for graduate work in environmental law or engineering, and a wide range of graduate programs in marine biology, wildlife biology, or ecology.

The program will train students in basic biology, chemistry, and conservation science. The program emphasizes both field and laboratory skills. Research opportunities with local research institutions and programs are available to qualified students.

The Marine Biology concentration offers courses in marine science, including oceanography and marine chemistry. The Environmental Science concentration includes courses on spatial and biological modeling, physical geography, and wetlands. All students are strongly encouraged to pursue paid or volunteer internships (Bio 200/300) and research experience both on campus and with local organizations including but not limited to the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Shoals Marine Lab, the Bridgeport Aquaculture School, and Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. 

Students in Humanities, Social Sciences, and other programs with an interest in conservation and environmental issues are encouraged to take a minor in Conservation and Environmental Science:

  • Bio 101, 102, 107X (Intro Conservation), 211, 223
  • At least 6 credits from the following:
    • Bio 201 Biosurvival, 217 Field Biology, Bio 324 Phys Ecology, Bio 401, Ichthyology, Bio 405, Invert Zoo, Ocea 300, Phys Oceanography, Biol 330/331X Marine Biology I/II, Bio 326 Aquatic Biology, Bio 404X, GIS, Biol 423X, Natural Resource Management

Learning Outcomes

By completing the Conservation and Environmental Biology program, students will:

  1. be able to read and interpret current biological and environmental literature, formulate scientific hypotheses, design and execute experiments, and analyze and interpret data.
  2. have mastered the fundamental principles of organismal biology and ecology.
  3. have training necessary to apply biological principles and techniques to issues related to biodiversity and our rapidly changing biosphere.
  4. have awareness of the principles that shape ecosystem resilience and promote ecosystem recovery.
  5. have awareness and appreciation of interdisciplinary interactions among other disciplines in the natural sciences, data science, public policy, economics, and philosophy. 
  6. have critical tools to exercise responsibility and stewardship of the biosphere by assuming positions of leadership in our global society.

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Program Chair

Kathleen Engelmann
Conservation and Environmental Biology Program Chair
University of Bridgeport
Biology Department
Dana Hall of Science
169 University Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604
Office: Dana Hall of Science 213
Phone: 203-576-4253