The learning goals for the Conservation Biology major are:
- To gain knowledge about biodiversity and the fundamental principals important in its conservation and to develop an appreciation for conservation needs at both local and global levels
- To learn the particular methods associated with biodiversity conservation.
- To integrate content, skills and critical thinking to design feasible independent research projects employing the scientific method.
- To critique and contextualize the published works of others in the scientific community, including the ability to critically analyze experimental design and data interpretation.
- To demonstrate quantitative literacy, including the application of statistical methods to analyze and interpret data.
- To develop scientific writing skills through the writing of papers using scientific conventions of format, succinctness, objectivity and accuracy.
- To develop oral communication skills that enable the student to communicate scientific information clearly to a lay audience, using appropriate format, succinctness, objectivity and accuracy through oral and/or poster presentations.