Biology Concentration for Major Program

 

Conservation Biology

Conservation biology is the study and protection of biological diversity. It is a scientific discipline closely connecting ecology and evolutionary biology with applications in public policy and management.


Conservation biology focuses on protecting biological diversity and keeping normal evolutionary processes working within a functional ecological context. As a science, it deals with issues of how the wide variety of organisms and ecosystems can be maintained and prevented from declining. It considers population and habitat viability and complexity in the face of threats and perturbations. Cognizance of biological diversity, knowledge, and expertise in both ecology and evolutionary biology, and appreciation for the political, social, and economic contexts of the biodiversity crisis underlie all work in conservation biology.

KEY COURSES:
Credits
Department
Courses Course Title
3
Biology
BIOL 308
Ecological Dynamics
3
 
BIOL 310
Biodiversity and Ecosystems
3
 
BIOL 373
Biometry
3
 
BIOL 465
Conservation Biology
PLUS, at least one of the following field courses:
3
Biology
BIOL 331
Ecology/Behaviour Field Course
3
OR BIOL 334D1/D2
Applied Tropical Ecology
3
OR BIOL 428
Biological Diversity in Africa
3
OR BIOL 429
East African Ecology
3
OR BIOL 553
Neotropical Environment
 
OTHER SUGGESTED COURSES:

(for rules and restrictions of courses taken outside Arts & Science, please consult:
http://www.mcgill.ca/science/student/continuingstudents/bsc/outside

3
Biology
BIOL 304
Evolution
3
BIOL 305
Animal Diversity
3
 
BIOL 307
Behavioural Ecology
3
 
BIOL 324
Ecological Genetics
3
 
BIOL 335
Marine Mammals
3
  BIOL 342 Contemporary Topics in Aquatic Ecology
3
 
BIOL 350
Insect Biology and Control
3
 
BIOL 377
Independent Reading Project
3

 

BIOL 413
Reading Project
3
BIOL 427
Herpetology
3
 
BIOL 434
Theoretical Ecology
3
 
BIOL 466
Independent Research Project 1
3
 
BIOL 467
Independent Research Project 2
6
 
BIOL 468D1/D2
Independent Research Project 3
9
 
BIOL 469D1/D2
Independent Research Project 4
3
 
BIOL 510
Advances in Community Ecology
3
 
BIOL 515
Advances in Aquatic Ecology
3
 
BIOL 540
Ecology of Species Invasion
3
 
BIOL 594
Advanced Evolutionary Ecology
3
Economics
ECON 225
Economics of the Environment
3
 
ECON 326
Ecological Economics
3
Geography
GEOG 370
Protected Areas
   
GEOG 470
Wetlands
3
Plant Science
PLNT 358
Flowering Plant Diversity
3
Redpath Museum
REDM 400
Science and Museums
3
Natural Res. Sci.
WILD 350
Mammalogy
2
 
WILD 415
Conservation Law
3
WILD 420
Ornithology
3
 
WILD 421
Wildlife Conservation

 


Animal Behaviour | Biological Diversity & Systematics | Conservation Biology
Evolutionary Biology | Human Genetics | Molecular Genetics & Development
Neurobiology | Ecology