Biology, Ecology, Environmental and Conservation Concentration, BS
Shippensburg University's close proximity to farmland, various bodies of water, federal and state research labs, and state forests and parks make it a great place for hands-on study of ecology and environmental biology.
What Will I Learn?
In addition to a broad background in biology, chemistry, earth science, mathematics and physics, you will take a series of courses specifically related to ecology, environment and conservation biology. Expect to study a variety of organisms and environments from microorganisms in the soil or a puddle of water, to plants and animals in a forest or ocean.
What are the requirements for this degree?
In addition to general education requirements and courses in the biology core curriculum, you will take a variety of courses dealing with ecology and the environment. You must also complete either an internship or an independent research project.
What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?
Our graduates find employment with state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, private consulting firms and schools. Many go on to graduate programs. Potential careers in this field include:
- Park naturalist
- Outdoor educator
- Wildlife biologist
- Environmental consultant
- College professor
- Water quality control technician
- Environmental planner
- Natural resource manager
- Field ecologist
- Environmental impact analyst
- Museum or zoo curator
- Conservation biologist
- Fisheries biologist
What Career Outcomes Do Alumni Have With This Degree?
What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?
Pennsylvania has a rich history in agriculture, which means Ship provides plenty of hands-on experiences in ecology and environmental biology. Nearby agricultural lands, the campus farm and a stream and pond on campus are great sites for studies.
You can also expect to find success because of:
- Close proximity to many federal and state research labs, state forests and parks, and medical institutions for unique class visits and research or internship opportunities
- Charter membership of the Marine Science Consortium located at Wallops Island, Virginia, which leads to great opportunities for oceanographic study and research opportunities
- Small class sizes (normally 12-16 students only) and personalized attention from highly qualified professors
Facilities on campus include:
- Vertebrate museum
- Environmental chambers
- Research laboratories
- Animal housing facility