2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jan 23, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Conservation Planning and Park Management (B.S.) - Park Administration and Management Specialization

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Brian Graeb, Assistant Professor
Department of Natural Resource Management
Edgar S. McFadden Biostress Laboratory, Room 138
E-mail: sdsu.nrm@sdstate.edu
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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.  The specialization in Park Administration and Management prepares student for careers in park management, particularly Federal and state government managed facilities.  The courses outlined in this specialization are designed to enhance the human management focus needed for this career track.

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 - Park Administration and Management Specialization: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences

System General Education Requirements

Major Requirements


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120

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