This minor is designed for undergraduate students who wish to augment their main academic program with conservation studies taught in an experiential manner. There are three, semester-long options by which students can complete the minor including ones that focus on "Conservation, Biodiversity and Society", "Wildlife Ecology and Conservation", or "Endangered Species Conservation". These semesters are grounded in natural science, and offer a collection of four to five interdisciplinary courses that combine public policy, sociology, conflict resolution, and global awareness with hands-on experience. Students are in residence at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, and are taught by Mason faculty, Smithsonian scientists and practitioners.

The minor is available only to students who enroll in any of the Smithsonian Mason Semesters, semester-long residential programs held at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, VA. The semesters are offered jointly by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Science under the auspices of the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation.

This is a Green Leaf program.

Policies

Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students pursuing this minor must complete one of the options with a minimum grade of 2.00 in each course. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: CNST

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 15-16

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Conservation, Biodiversity and Society Option

CONS 320Conservation in Practice3
CONS 401Conservation Theory3
CONS 402Applied Conservation4
CONS 410Human Dimensions in Conservation (Mason Core)3
CONS 490RS: Integrated Conservation Strategies (Mason Core)3
Total Credits16

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Option (fall semester only)

CONS 400Conservation Seminar2
CONS 404Biodiversity Monitoring4
CONS 405Landscape and Macrosystems Ecology4
CONS 496Research in Conservation5
Total Credits15

 Endangered Species and Conservation Option (spring semester only)

CONS 400Conservation Seminar2
CONS 406Small Population Management4
CONS 491RS: Conservation Management Planning (Mason Core)4
CONS 496Research in Conservation5
Total Credits15