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  Aug 18, 2017
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

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Conservation Planning and Park Management (B.S.)

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Program Coordinator/Contact
Brian Graeb, Assistant Professor
Department of Natural Resource Management
Edgar S. McFadden Biostress Laboratory, Room 138
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Program Information
Conservation Planning and Park Management is an interdisciplinary science that trains students to develop conservation strategies at landscape scales.  This program will prepare students for careers in Park Management, Landscape Conservation Planning, Natural Areas Management, Land Use Planning, and as a Park Ranger, and Interpretive/Naturalist.

Student Learning Outcomes
Conservation Planning and Park Management graduates will:

  • demonstrate understanding of ecological and environmental principles required for management of natural resources for multiple-uses, including (but not limited to) wildlife habitat, water management, ecosystems services, recreation, and livestock production;
  • describe how natural resource management fits into the context of society and how societal factors (e.g., economics, policy, laws, regulations, attitudes, behaviors, norms) influence natural resource management;
  • lead and work with others as appropriate to successfully manage natural resources;
  • demonstrate appropriate use of natural resource field & Lab techniques as well as contemporary technology;
  • analyze and critically evaluate data and other information;
  • effectively communicate (both written and orally) with both scientific and non-scientific audiences; and
  • demonstrate an understanding of the professional and ethical responsibility that is necessary for a natural resource manager.

Course Delivery Format
Conservation Planning and Park Management coursework is delivered on-campus in lecture, discussion, and laboratory settings, and off-campus in numerous field-based settings.

Requirements for Conservation Planning and Park Management Major: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

System General Education Requirements

Major Electives

Select 21 credits from the following. Credits: 21


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

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