Biodiversity and Conservation Biology Major (Science Program) - ASMAJ0110

In today’s era of unprecedented global change, natural ecosystems are under attack and thousands of species are threatened with extinction and many more have experienced unprecedented declines. Students in the Biodiversity & Conservation Biology Major program (8.0 credits) will be equipped to aid in the response to what is perhaps humanity’s most pressing challenge, the conservation of biological diversity. Students in this program take courses in their first and second years that provide foundations in ecology, evolutionary biology, biodiversity and conservation biology, environmental biology, mathematics, and statistics. In their upper years students will obtain in-depth knowledge about the diversity of living organisms and take advanced courses in ecology, evolution, and biodiversity and conservation biology, including a capstone course at the 400-level.

Enrolment Requirements

This is an open enrolment program. A student who has completed 4.0 credits may enrol in the program.

Completion Requirements

(8.0 credits including at least 2.0 credits at 300+ level with at least 0.5 credit at the 400 level)

First Year (1.0 credit): BIO120H1; EEB125H1/​ MAT135H1/​ MAT137Y1/​ MAT221H1/​ MAT223H1

Higher Years:

1. 2.0 credits: BIO220H1 (ecology and evolutionary biology); EEB225H1 (recommended)/ STA220H1/​ STA257H1/​ STA288H1/​ GGR270H1/​ PSY201H1 (statistics); EEB255H1 (conservation biology); EEB240H1/​ ENV234H1 (environmental biology).

2. 1.5 credits in organismal biology (with at least 0.5 credit from Group 1 and 0.5 credit from Group 2) from:
Group 1 (plant or microbial): BIO251H1; EEB268H1, EEB331H1, EEB340H1; FOR305H1

Group 2 (animal): EEB263H1, EEB266H1, EEB267H1, EEB380H1, EEB382H1, EEB384H1, EEB386H1, EEB388H1

3. 0.5 credit in core evolution: EEB318H1, EEB323H1, EEB362H1

4. 0.5 credit in core ecology from: EEB319H1, EEB320H1, EEB321H1, EEB328H1

5. 0.5 credit: EEB365H1 (applied conservation biology)

6. 1.5 credits from: BIO130H1, BIO251H1; EEB263H1, EEB266H1, EEB267H1, EEB268H1, EEB313H1, EEB318H1, EEB319H1, EEB320H1, EEB321H1, EEB322H1, EEB323H1, EEB324H1, EEB325H1, EEB328H1, EEB331H1, EEB340H1, EEB362H1, EEB380H1, EEB382H1, EEB384H1, EEB386H1, EEB388H1, EEB390H1, EEB397Y1, EEB398H0, EEB399Y0, EEB428H1, EEB430H1, EEB433H1, EEB434H1, EEB440H1, EEB441H1, EEB455H1, EEB458H1, EEB459H1, EEB463H1, EEB491H1, EEB495H1, EEB497H1, EEB498Y1, EEB499Y1; EHJ352H1; ENV432H1; FOR200H1, FOR201H1, FOR307H1, FOR413H1; GGR272H1, JHE353H1, JHE355H1

7. 0.5 credit at 400 level from: EEB465H1, EEB466H1; field course: EEB403H0, EEB403H1, EEB405H0, EEB405H1, EEB406H0, EEB406H1, EEB410H0, EEB410H1; seminar: EEB491H1, EEB495H1; EEB497H1; research project: EEB498Y1 (recommended research subject in biodiversity and/or conservation biology) and concurrent research issues course EEB488H1 (0.5 credit)

NOTE: BIO260H1/​ HMB265H1 (genetics) is recommended. Note that both BIO260H1 and HMB265H1 require BIO130H1 and BIO230H1/​ BIO255H1; BIO230H1/​ BIO255H1 require both CHM135H1 and CHM136H1

Students interested in law, economics, policy, or environmental studies may choose to pair their Biodiversity and Conservation Biology Major with another Major such as Economics, Environmental Ethics, or Environmental Studies (all three are Arts programs), or Science programs (e.g., School of the Environment programs).