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This minor is intended for non-biology majors with an interest in wildlife and habitat conservation issues. The minor may particularly suit Environmental Science, BS, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, BA, and Earth Science, BS majors, as well as School of Integrative Studies students wishing to increase their understanding and qualifications in the field of conservation biology. The minor may also be of interest to non-science majors, for example, students taking leisure studies classes with an interest in ecotourism.


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and not counted toward the student's major. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

For policies governing all undergraduate programs, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.

Banner Code: CBIO

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 19

Students should refer to the Admissions & Policies tab for specific policies related to this program.

Students must complete the following courses with a minimum GPA of 2.00.

Many courses below have prerequisites that need to be met; see advisor for details.

Core Biology Courses

BIOL 308Foundations of Ecology and Evolution5
BIOL 310
BIOL 330
and Biodiversity Lab and Recitation
Select one from the following:3-6
Conservation Biology
Conservation Biology
Conservation Biology (Mason Core) 1
Total Credits13-16


Select at least 6 credits from the following: 16
Human Dimensions of the Environment
Introduction to Environmental Policy
Applied Ecology
Marine Mammal Biology and Conservation
Marine Mammal Biology and Conservation Field Course
Marine Conservation
Field Environmental Science 2
Special Topics in Environmental Science and Policy 2
Conservation Biology (Mason Core) 3
Total Credits3-6