|Major Code: 7029
||Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
|Age Restriction: N
||Admission status: undergraduate
|Delivery Mode/s: classroom only
||Location/s: main campus
The Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences - Conservation Biology and Ecology seeks to educate students in unifying themes in biology, while encouraging them to expand their knowledge in more specialized subject areas. The department offers six undergraduate majors in which a student may specialize: aquaculture, conservation biology and ecology, general biology, marine biology, molecular biology and premedical biology. The conservation biology and ecology curriculum is organized so that in the first two years students learn concepts fundamental to all biological sciences, and in the last two years students follow their own interests in selecting courses that are more specialized.
The conservation biology and ecology major provides a well-rounded background in the science underlying conservation. Emphasis is placed on ecological principles and student-led experimental design and implementation. Ample opportunity for fieldwork exists locally and via a required summer field course in the Galapagos Islands, Jamaica, Florida, Puerto Rico, Peru, the Smoky Mountains or other location. Graduates are fully prepared for conservation-related employment or graduate studies in ecology.
Students intending to apply for admission to study in the department of biological sciences should complete at least one year each of high school biology, chemistry and physics. Prospective students should also have at least three years of high school mathematics, including second-year algebra and trigonometry.
Florida Tech has articulation agreements with many of the community colleges in Florida. Students contemplating transfer to Florida Tech should consult with the department to determine transferability of credits. If there is a question regarding specific courses needed, students should contact the associate department head for undergraduate studies.
Candidates for a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences - Conservation Biology and Ecology must complete the minimum course requirements outlined in the following curriculum. Electives are selected in consultation with the faculty advisor to reflect the knowledge a student needs either for employment or graduate school.