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Department of Biological Sciences

256 Cunningham Hall
Tel: 330-672-3613
E-mail: kentbiology@kent.edu
Web: www.kent.edu/cas/biology

Description

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Conservation Biology is designed for students preparing to enter a wide variety of careers in the environmental sciences. The degree provides a strong, diverse background in biology as well as the supporting fields of geology, geography, political science, economics, recreation and tourism management, chemistry and mathematics. The major includes two concentrations: Conservation Biology and Environmental Policy and Management. In both concentrations students have the option to seek employment immediately after graduation in the private, public or non-profit sector, or to continue their education in graduate and professional programs.

The Conservation Biology concentration is designed for students who plan to enter careers in government and private research agencies or universities. Students who select this program gain a strong background in applied ecology, restoration ecology and habitat management strategies used to sustain biological diversity.

The Environmental Policy and Management concentration prepares students for a career at government agencies, and non-profit or for-profit companies. Students in this program learn about the development and implementation of habitat management methods and public policies that promote the sustainable use of natural resources and address environmental problems.
 

Career Opportunities

Environmental and Conservation biologists work to sustainably manage or restore ecosystems, develop and implement environmental policies, or conduct research on how ecological processes affect biological diversity. A few examples of potential careers are wildlife ecologists, environmental educators, forest managers, environmental consultants, and personnel at public environmental regulatory or land use planning agencies. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics) Those students entering a research career will need to take courses to meet admissions requirements of graduate programs, and should consult their faculty advisor.

The Department of Biological Sciences has several mechanisms to help students prepare for their future careers. All students are strongly encouraged to complete research projects through our Individual Investigation course or an honors thesis. Others will do an internship in the area in which thy plan to be employed. In addition, we offer BSCI 30005, Career Pathways in Biology, which provides students a chance to learn more about career paths and how to achieve their goals. Lastly, students are expected to meet regularly with their faculty advisor to talk about career options, get help in selecting electives and discuss ways to get experience required for their career goals.

 

Admission Requirements

General Admissions for Freshman Students: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

General Admissions for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for transfer students.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 121 total credit hours and 42 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.000 GPA overall and 2.000 GPA in major required for graduation.
 

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Student Organizations

Departmental Conservation Club
 

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive
 

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

I. DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE  (1 credit)
Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (56-58 credits)*  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
KBS BSCI 10110 Biological Diversity 4
KAD   10120 Biological Foundations 4
    30156 Elements of Genetics 3
    30360 General Ecology 4
    40163 Evolution 3
WIC   40600 Writing in Biological Sciences** 1
KBS CHEM 10060 General Chemistry I 4
KAD   10061 General Chemistry II 4
KBS   10062 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
KBS   10063 General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
  GEOG 49070 Geographical Information Science 3
KBS GEOL 11040 Earth Dynamics 3
KBS   11041 Earth Dynamics Laboratory 1
KMC MATH 12002 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I 5
  GEOG

GEOL
39002

42035
Statistical Methods in Geography (3)
or
Scientific Methods in Geology (3)
3
  Choose from the following: Geography Electives 6
  GEOG 31062 Fundamentals of Metrology (3)  
    31064 Principles of Climatology (3)  
    41052 Glaciers and Glaciation (3)  
    41066 Climate Change and Its Impact (3)  
    41073 Conservation of Natural Resources (3)  
    41074 Resource Geography (3)  
    41082 Geography of Soils (3)  
    49080 Advanced Geographic Information Science (3)  
    49230 Remote Sensing (3)  
    3/4xxxx Any other upper-division GEOG course with BSCI advisor approval (3)  
  Choose from the following: Geology Electives 6-8
  GEOL 32066 Geomorphology (4)  
    41077 Geology of the National Parks (3)  
    42067 Introductory Hydrogeology (3)  
    42069 Hydrogeochemistry (3)  
    42074 Environmental Core and Well Logging (3)  
    42078 Engineering Geology (4)  
    43042 Environmental Geochemistry (3)  
    43044 Environmental Isotopes  
    44074 Paleooceanography (3)  
    3/4xxxx Any other upper-division Geology course with BSCI advisor approval (3-4)  
III. ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (38-39 credits)  
Type Course Title Credits
  Foreign Language*** 8-10
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each) 9
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines) 6
  General Elective (lower or upper division)
Credits required depends on meeting minimum 121 credit hours and minimum 42 upper-division credit hours
9-10
IV. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (25-26 credits) 
  Conservation Biology (25-26)
  Environmental Policy and Management (26)
MINIMUM TOTAL  121


* All courses taken from the list of major program requirements are used in the calculation of the major GPA.

** A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

*** Fulfills College General Requirement.

+The following Biological Sciences (BSCI) courses may NOT be used in the elective
category for majors or minors in the Department of Biological Sciences:

10001   Human Biology   3
10002   Life on Planet Earth   3
10003   Laboratory Experience in Biology   1
10100   Anatomy for Veterinary Technicians   5
11001   Anatomy for Physical and Occupational Therapy   5
11010   Anatomy and Physiology I for Allied Health   3
11020   Anatomy and Physiology II for Allied Health   3
16001   Horticultural Botany   3
20020   Biological Structure and Function   5
20021   Basic Microbiology   3
20022   Basic Microbiology Laboratory   1
26002   Ecological Principles of Pest Management   3
26003   Plant Identification and Selection I   3
26004   Plant Identification and Selection II   3
30050   Human Genetics   3
40020   Biology of Aging   3

 

 

Conservation Biology concentration

 

I.  CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (25-26 credits)* courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  BSCI 40374 Conservation Biology 4
  CHEM 20481 Basic Organic Chemistry I 4
  Choose one of the following courses: 1-2
  CHEM 20482 Basic Organic Chemistry II (2)  
    30475 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1)  
  Choose concentration electives:* 16
  Any BSCI upper-division course* (10-15)  
  Choose from the following: (1-6)  
  BSCI 30005 Career Pathways in Biology (1)  
ELR   40099 Senior Honors Thesis (1-6)  
    40191 Senior Seminar (1-6)  
ELR   40192 Internship in Biological Sciences (3-6)  
ELR   40196 Individual Investigation (1-6)  
  May choose from Non-BSCI electives: (0-6)  
  ANTH 48835 Primate Ecology and Conservation (3)  
  POL 10300 Public Policy (3)  
    40440 U.S. Environmental Politics and Policies (3)  
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL  25

* No more than 4 credit hours may be S/U graded.

**Select any combination of upper-division BSCI  other than those used to meet the major or concentration requirements. Students should consult with their advisor to determine the most appropriate courses given their disciplinary interests and career aspirations.

 

 

Environmental Policy and Management concentration

 

I.  CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (26 credits)* courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  BSCI 40375 Environmental Biology and Management 4
  Choose one of the following sequences: 6
  Sequence 1:  
KSS ECON 22060 Principles of Microeconomics (3)  
    32084 Economics of the Environment (3)  
  Sequence 2:  
  POL 10300 Public Policy (3)  
    40440 U.S. Environmental Politics and Policies (3)  
  Sequence 3:  
  RPTM 26081 Principles of Outdoor Recreation (3)  
  RPTM 36082

36083
Interpretation of Natural and Cultural Resources (3)
or
Environmental Education and Conservation (3)
 
  Choose concentration electives:** 16
  Any BSCI upper-division course* (10-15)  
  Choose from the following: (1-6)  
  BSCI 30005 Career Pathways in Biology (1)  
ELR   40099 Senior Honors Thesis (1-6)  
    40191 Senior Seminar (1-6)  
ELR   40192 BSCI Internship in Biological Sciences (3-6)  
ELR   40196 BSCI Individual Investigation (1-6)  
  Choose from Non-BSCI electives: (0-6)  
  CHEM 20481 Basic Organic Chemistry I (4)***  
    20482 Basic Organic Chemistry II (2)***  
    30475 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1)***  
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL  26

*Select any combination of upper-division BSCI other than those used to meet the major or concentration requirements. Students should consult with their advisor to determine the most appropriate courses given their disciplinary interests and career aspirations.

** No more than 4 credit hours may be S/U graded.

*** Recommended for students continuing onto a graduate program.