Conservation Ecology
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Prospective Undergraduates


​​​​​Undergraduate Programm​​​​es

Conservation Ecology (B.Sc.ConsEcol)​​​

First year

The first year is a generic year with no conservation modules.


Second year

  • Biodiversity and Ecology
  • Computer Skills
  • Conservation Ecology
  • Geographical Information Technology

Third year

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Biodiversity and Ecology
  • Biometry
  • Conservation Ecology
  • Forest Science
  • Choose two of the six modules (as possible within the timetable).
    • Biodiversity and Ecology – Ecology field course
    • Biodiversity and Ecology – Invasion biology
    • Biodiversity and Ecology – Conservation biology
    • Genetics
    • Geographical Information Technology
    • Soil Science

Fourth year

  • Agronomy
  • Conservation Ecology
  • Entomology
  • Choose 32 credits from the following modules (as possible within the timetable).
    • Entomology
    • Geographical Information Technology
    • Nematology
    • Soil Science

Entomology is taken as part of the B.Sc. Conservation Ecology programme or B.Sc. Plant and Soil Science programme. Modules include the following:

Insect Pest Management (ENT 314)
Insect Diversity (ENT 418)
Insect Conservation Ecology (ENT 464)
Individual research projects (BWE 484) or (CRP 478)​

Graduate Attribu​​​tes

Graduates of the Conservation Ecology Programme will:

Contribute to the sustainable management of utilized landscapes at all spatial scales (global, continental, national and local). They will have the skills to be professionally mobile. They will be aware of issues in the "real world" and be able to inform policy & management at the multiple scales. They will possess a strong professional tool-kit (academically sound knowledge and skills) that enables them to:

  • Be technologically and analytically proficient
  • Be socially embedded and interactive
  • Be broad-minded, critical & innovative thinkers
  • Be able to transfer theory into practice
  • Be facilitators of positive change in research and management
  • Be able to think globally, but act locally
  • Be transdisciplinary, holistic / systems thinkers
  • Be able to network & able to work in teams
  • Be socially and culturally sensitive & responsive
  • Be decision makers towards positive action for a better, environmentally aware world
  • Be flexible and creative
Our graduates will have well developed generic skills (reading, writing, quantitative skills); they will be inspired, confident, and articulate.