Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York


Certificate Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Conservation Biology can be completed in 8-11 months and is awarded after completion of 15 graduate credits, including two core courses (Conservation Biology and Conservation Law & Policy), two elective courses from an approved list, and an individually designed Practicum, which may consist of a supervised independent research project or a sponsored internship with a governmental or non-profit organization.

Applicants should have completed a BA/BS in Biology, or other natural/environmental science, or equivalent coursework. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is required. GRE scores are not required. Applicants without the required background will be advised to take necessary prerequisite courses. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and students may begin their studies in any term, including summer. View the information on tuition & fees and financial aid.

Core Courses
Graduate Certificate students must successfully complete two core courses: Conservation Biology (BISC 6597 - 3 credits) and Conservation Law and Policy (BISC 7532 - 3 credits).


Appropriate electives offered in the recent past include:
  • Population Genetics
  • Ecosystem Ecology
  • Community Ecology
  • GIS
  • Vector Ecology
  • Ecology of Urban and Suburban Landscapes
  • Biostatistics
  • Behavioral Ecology, as well as seminars in ecology and evolution
For those students concurrently completing a M.Sc. or PhD in Biology, the following Ecology core courses cannot be counted as elective courses toward the Certificate:
  • Population Biology (BIGA 6531)
  • Community Ecology (BISC 6532)
  • Ecosystem Ecology (BISC 6533)
  • Ecological Methods (BISC 6535)
  • Introductory Biostatistics (BISC 6525)

A minimum GPA of 3.0 must be maintained.

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