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Conservation and Field Biology — Forestry Dual Degree

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts

This program allows undergraduate students to attend the University of West Alabama for approximately three years and then transfer to the School of Forestry at Auburn University. On completion of the requirements of the two institutions, the student receives bachelor’s degree from UWA and a Master of Natural Resources with a Professional Forester concentration from Auburn. This preparation is ideal for the student who wishes to work in the field in a thriving industry that is among the largest areas of growth in the West Alabama region.  

The field and conservation background acquired at UWA provides students with a firm background in the discipline, while forestry preparation produces well-rounded professionals with the skills to maintain the sustainability of forest resources like timber, forage, wildlife and outdoor recreation.

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The dual degree program in Conservation and Field Biology/Forestry produces students prepared to step into leadership roles in conserving and managing natural systems with an eye toward sustainability. It provides opportunities for students to grow through close contact and interaction with outstanding faculty. The field is growing rapidly and offers a tremendous variety of career opportunities in both the public and private sectors. 

Program Facts

Program Format

On Campus

Academic Term

Spring, Summer and Fall semesters

Number of Credits

97 hours

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Sample Courses

MH121 Calculus I 

4 Credits

Topics include the limit of a function, the derivative of algebraic, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions, and the definite integral and its basic applications to area problems. Applications of the derivative are covered in detail, including approximations of error using differentials, maximum and minimum problems, and curve sketching using calculus. Three lecture and two computer laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: “C” or higher in MH114 or the equivalent.  

PH201 College Physics I

4 Credits

Non-calculus-based introduction to Newtonian mechanics, energy, and thermodynamics. Three lecture and two laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: MH113 or higher.  

PH202 College Physics II 

4 Credits

Non-calculus-based introduction to electricity and magnetism, wave motion, and optics. Three lecture and two laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: PH201.  

Career Outlook

Graduates of this program are employed in diverse occupations, typically with a significant amount of fieldwork. They have found jobs in such areas as Deer Husbandry and Ecological Observation. The broad background provided by this program makes it an ideal preparation for graduate study in conservation biology (including the MS program in Conservation Biology at UWA). 

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