Conservation Biology (Minor)

This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2024–Spring 2025 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Minor in Conservation Biology

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Department: Biology
Academic Plan Code(s): BIOLMINCOB

The minor in Conservation Biology is a science degree designed to teach students the issues and ideas of conservation biology and to prepare them to use these concepts in the workplace. These concepts include the study of how environmental processes affect life on Earth and how humans are influencing these processes. An additional focus is on understanding the impacts of relevant current events on the environment and biodiversity, and ways to best alleviate stressors on the environment. Students with this minor are prepared for careers in the lab or field as well as consulting with companies and/or the media on environmental preservation.

The minor in Conservation Biology is open to all students at the University of Louisville.

Program Requirements

Required Classes
BIOL 240Unity of Life - S3
BIOL 241Unity of Life Lab - SL1
BIOL 242Diversity of Life - S3
BIOL 243Diversity of Life Lab - SL1
BIOL 567Conservation Biology3
BIOL 263Environmental Biology - B4
or BIOL 363 Principles of Ecology
Elective Courses (Choose 1 or more)3-4
Plant Taxonomy & Ecology - WR
Vertebrate Zoology
Animal Behavior
Advanced Ecology
Global Change Ecology - CUE
Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate Research (WR) - CUE, WR
Evolutionary Biology
Behavioral Ecology
Biology Internship - WR, CUE
Environmental Physiology
Ecosystems Ecology
Population and Community Ecology
Ecology, Politics and Culture
Environmental Sociology
Policy and Governance in Sustainability - WR
Sustainable Social-Ecological Systems
Introduction to Environmental Engineering
Environmental Economics
Public Health and Our Environment
Sustainable Human Environments - WR
Global Environmental Politics
Minimum Total Hours17-19

At least (3) semester hours of the requirements for a minor must be successfully completed while enrolled in the University of Louisville.