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 Geology, 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 Evolution (Mason Core)5
BIOL 300BioDiversity4
Select one from the following:3-6
Conservation Biology
Conservation Biology
Conservation Biology (Mason Core) 1
Total Credits12-15

3 of 6 credits count toward the Core Biology requirement. The remaining 3 credits may apply toward minor electives.


Select 4-7 credits from the following to meet a total of 19 credits for the minor: 14-7
Tackling Wicked Problems in Society the Environment (Mason Core)
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 Credits4-7

Other conservation-oriented classes may also be applicable as electives for this minor if approved by the faculty coordinator for the minor.


Conservation-oriented topics only.


3 of 6 credits count toward electives if the course is taken to satisfy Core Biology requirement above.