Graduate Certificate in Conservation Biology, Ph.D.-Conservation Biology
The Graduate Certificate in Conservation Biology emphasizes basic and applied conservation biology. The Department of Biology provides basic courses on campus, while scientists at Disney's Animal Kingdom offer applied courses on Disney property. This program offers an excellent opportunity for cross-discipline training that provides conservation theory in a classroom setting and valuable field work in the laboratory portions of the Biology courses. Practical experience dealing with small animal populations is provided within Disney's unique zoological setting.
The Conservation Biology Ph.D. program provides an interface between traditional biological sciences and the areas of economics, law, urban and rural planning, politics, communication, philosophy, and environmental engineering. The purpose of this training is to produce scientists who are not only capable of doing independent research but who can work within the broader area of environmental politics, law, and economics to communicate issues of conservation biology to policy makers, the general public, and industry. Students will choose one of two specializations: Applied Conservation Biology or Ecology and Organismal Biology. The Applied Conservation Biology Track is intended to provide the academic background necessary to begin work in industry, nongovernmental organizations, or government in a leadership role in the application of cutting-edge principles to problem solving in conservation biology. The Ecology and Organismal Biology Track embraces both applied and basic research concerning ecological questions to address current concerns in the area of conservation biology. Students taking either track would be prepared to pursue an academic career.
International Student Requirements:
In order to enroll in graduate classes, students must have obtained a baccalaureate or higher degree, prior to the start of the term for which the student is admitted, from a regionally accredited institution or from a recognized foreign institution. International students are not eligible for nondegree/certificate status unless they hold an eligible visa. International applicants are encouraged to begin the application process early. Also, international applicants should ensure all supporting documents, including those required to issue an I-20, are received by the stated application deadline. Only official documentation is accepted and it is the student's responsibility to submit all documents by the application deadline.