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Joseph Watson examines a warm spring run at Old Cahawba

Conservation and Field Biology Major

The major in Conservation and Field Biology is for students who are fascinated by plant and animal life, and would like to be able to work in the field. The region in which UWA is located is rich in biological diversity, and provides many opportunities for employment in field biology. The major in Conservation and Field Biology is rich in courses which take the student out of the classroom and into the natural habitats of the Southeastern Coastal Plain. This plan of study is ideal for those seeking employment in environmental or governmental agencies, or those who wish to pursue graduate study in conservation-related fields.

Detailed curriculum information can be found in the catalog.


  • Plant, Animal, and Microbial Diversity
  • Dedicated Field Courses in Zoology and/or Botany
  • General and Organic Chemistry
  • Internship Opportunities
  • Data Analysis and Presentation Skills
  • Career Preparation Skills

Extra-curricular activities

  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities
  • Hands-on Learning Experiences
  • Field Work in Natural Habitats in Alabama
  • Fellowships and Summer Internships
  • Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society
  • Exciting Field Classes

Career Preparation

The Conservation and Field Biology Major prepares students for employment or graduate training in the conservation or organismal biology. Graduates of this program are employed in diverse occupations, typically with a significant amount of fieldwork. They have found jobs in such diverse areas as deer husbandry and ecological observers. The broad background provided by this major makes it an ideal preparation for graduate study in conservation biology (including the MS program in Conservation Biology at UWA).

Contact Information

College/Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Name of person students should contact with questions about the program: Dr. Jeffery Merida

Contact email address: jmerida@uwa.edu

Contact Phone Number: 205-652-3414

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