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ENV Certificate Requirements: Biodiversity and Conservation Track

The Biodiversity and Conservation Track is for students interested in conservation and understanding the biological diversity of Earth's natural ecosystem. Through courses in species interactions and biodiversity, ecosystems and climate change, conservation biology, eco-agriculture and food security, students investigate factors that contribute to changes in biological diversity over time, and gain a greater understanding of the planet's ever changing and dynamic natural systems.

Two (2) Foundation Courses in Environmental Science and Policy

Students enrolled in the Biodiversity and Conservation Track complete two (2) ENV foundation courses (one each in environmental science and environmental policy) by the end of their sophomore year. Under exceptional circumstances, substitutes may be allowed, but only with prior approval by the ENV Program Director.

One (1) Environmental Science Course:

  • ENV 302: Practical Models for Environmental Systems OR
  • EEB 321: Ecology: Species Interactions, Biodiversity, and Society


One (1) Environmental Policy Course:

  • WWS 350: The Environment: Science and Policy

Three (3) Biodiversity and Conservation Electives

In addition to the foundational environmental science and policy courses, students in the Biodiversity and Conservation Track must take (3) three additional courses at the 300-level or above, from the approved list below. Except with the approval of the ENV Program Director or the Undergraduate Administrator, at least one of these three electives may not count towards the student's departmental concentration or another certificate. In all cases, students are encouraged to meet with the Program Director or Undergraduate Administrator to choose an appropriate sequence of courses.

The courses highlighted below will be offered in the Fall 2015 term:

  • CEE 307/EEB 305: Field Ecohydrology
  • CEE 334/WWS 334/ENV 334: Global Environmental Issues
  • EEB 308: Conservation Biology
  • EEB 312: Marine Biology
  • EEB 321 Ecology: Species interactions, biodiversity, and society
  • EEB 322: Advanced Ecology
  • EEB 323: Integrative Dynamics of Animal Behavior
  • EEB 324: Theoretical Ecology
  • EEB 328: Ecology and Epidemiology of Parasites and Infectious Diseases
  • EEB 332/LAS 350: Pre-Columbian Peoples of Tropical America and Their Environments
  • EEB 338: Tropical Biology
  • EEB 341/WWS 490: Water, Savannas and Society
  • EEB 346: Biology of Coral Reefs
  • EEB 350: Vertebrate Tropical Biology
  • EEB 352: Restoration Ecology 
  • EEB 380: Ecology and Conservation on African Landscapes
  • EEB 382: Tropical Agriculture
  • EEB 406: Biology of African Animals and Ecosystems
  • EEB 417/ENV 417: Ecosystems and Climate Change
  • ENV 302/CEE 302/EEB 302: Practical Models for Environmental Systems 
  • ENV 304/ECO 328/EEB 304/WWS 496 Disease Ecology, Economics, and Policy
  • ENV 316: Climate Science and Communications 
  • ENV 340: Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Solutions 
  • GEO 366/ENV 339/WWS 451: Climate Change: Scientific Basis, Policy Implications
  • GEO 417/CEE 417/EEB 419: Environmental Microbiology
  • NES 470/ENV 470: Food Security in the Middle East

Senior Thesis

Students seeking to earn the Certificate in Environmental Studies are required to include an environmental dimension within their departmental independent work. The environmental topic must be approved by both the ENV Program Director and the undergraduate representative of the student's department of concentration. The environmental content of the senior thesis will be reviewed as part of the ENV Senior Colloquium. Students may consult the archive of ENV Senior Thesis Titles for a comprehensive list of alumni senior theses contributions.

ENV Senior Colloquium

The ENV Senior Colloquium is required for seniors pursuing the ENV Certificate and provides guidance in the development of the senior thesis. The colloquium is noncredit and serves to supplement input that students receive from their departmental advisers by providing the interdisiplinary perspective of faculty and other ENV students. In the fall term, colloquium participants introduce their thesis topics as part of weekly group meetings. In the spring, all ENV seniors participate in Discovery Day, a poster show that is the culminating event for the Environmental Studies Program, and is an opportunity to share outcomes of  their senior thesis research with members of the University community.

Certificate of Proficiency

Students who have met the requirements of the Biodiversity and Conservation Track within the Environmental Studies Program and their home departments will receive a certificate of proficiency in environmental studies upon graduation.