B.S. Biology, Ecology and Conservation Biology Emphasis

Students who love nature in all its complexity will want to pursue a B.S. Biology, with the Ecology and Conservation Biology emphasis. These students can pursue a career in stewardship of natural resources or research in ecology or organismal biology. This program emphasizes hands-on learning through a wide variety of field research opportunities. 


Career Field
Students interested in becoming ecologists or wildlife biologists will spend their career studying plants and animals and how they interact with their ecosystems. These individuals typically work outdoors, gathering data and studying plants and animals in their natural habitats. In laboratories, they work to further the understanding of plants and animals in controlled conditions.


Job Outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for environmental scientists and specialists will increase by 8% between 2019-2029. That’s an additional 7,100 jobs.


As environmental scientists and specialists, graduates will be able to use their knowledge of the natural sciences to protect the environment and human health.


  • Zoologist
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Animal Care and Service Worker
  • Botanist
  • Conservation Scientist and Forester
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Park Ranger
  • Ecologist
  • Field Biologist

Median annual pay for
environmental scientists
and specialists in 2019

Faculty Profiles

Arthur Schwarz, PhD

Department of Biological Sciences
Professor and Department Chair

Arthur Chadwick, PhD

Department of Biological Sciences
Paleontology Specialist

Amy McHenry, PhD

Department of Biological Sciences
Adjunct Faculty

Jared Wood, PhD

Department of Biological Sciences
Associate Professor