Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Graduate Certificate in Conservation Biology

Bog Turtle Dustin Partridge - Green roof Chestnut warbler 

Now accepting applications for Summer 2014 and Fall 2014. Apply Now!

Global climate change. Habitat destruction. Invasive species. Urbanization. Accelerated species extinctions. Expertise in conservation biology has never been more relevant and in demand.

Flexible Schedule/ Compelling Coursework

With courses in the evenings and on weekends, Fordham’s Graduate Certificate in Conservation Biology offers opportunities for exploring conservation biology and urban ecology.

Applicants should have completed a BA/BS in Biology, or other natural/environmental science, or equivalent coursework. GRE scores are not required. Learn more about admissions requirements.

The course topics include:
  • Evolutionary and ecological processes affecting small populations
  • Factors affecting global biodiversity
  • Conservation of species and ecosystems
  • Fundamentals of environmental law and policy
  • Urban Ecology

Work with New York’s Top Conservation Organizations

The Certificate culminates with a hands-on practicum providing real-world experience, with opportunities to work at one of New York’s conversation organizations, such as:

Learn more about the curriculum and program requirements.

Unparalleled Access to Ecological Research Sites

Fordham’s formal partnerships with the New York Botanical Garden and the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo provide access to diverse plant and animal populations and renowned facilities just adjacent to our Rose Hill Campus in the Bronx.

Additionally, students can take courses and conduct research at Fordham’s Louis Calder Center, a biological field station and ecological preserve comprised of 113 forested acres in Westchester County housing:

  • State-of-the-art ecological, molecular, chemistry, and microscopy laboratories
  • Herbarium
  • Greenhouses
  • Experimental lake mesocosms
  • Field and forest enclosures
  • Long-term research sites/plots

Department News

Congratulations to Dustin Partridge, a doctoral candidate in biology at Fordham University. He is featured in the National Wildlife Magazine discussing his dissertation research about how New York City’s green roofs attract large numbers of migratory birds and their insect prey.

Program Coordinator

J. Alan Clark, PhD, JD

For more information please contact J. Alan Clark at or (718) 817-3678

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