May 20, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Conservation Biology (B.S.)

Student Learning Outcomes  

New Program Fall 2023

51-52 Major Hours, 120 Degree Hours

Students in this major must also complete requirements for a degree in the College of Arts & Sciences .

Major Electives (16-19 hours)

Required Coursework:

Students are required to have a total of 40 credit hours in BIOL.

  • 12 credits should be from the Conservation and Biodiversity Course Group
  • 3 credits from the Physiology, Cell & Molecular Course Group.
  • Remaining credits can be any BIOL courses at the 300 or 400 level.

Courses taken as capstone courses are not counted towards elective credits.

B.S. to M.S. Accelerated Options

Undergraduate Biology majors may elect to complete both the B.S. and M.S. concurrently. Students who pursue the accelerated option will be awarded their undergraduate degree first, but may be awarded both degrees upon completion of the graduate requirements. Students may apply for admission to the M.S. program after completing 75 undergraduate credit hours and may begin taking graduate level courses upon completion of 90 undergraduate credit hours and acceptance into the accelerated graduate program. Additional information about the accelerated degree can be found on the accelerated program catalog page  for the M.S. in Biology.

Four-Year Program Guides and Costs

USD encourages students to take 15 credits per semester or 30 credits within the year in order to graduate in 4 years. To help students complete their academic degree program in four years, we provide a sample academic plan. Please work with your academic advisor to confirm your plan.

Related programs:

State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference USD’s State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization