A certificate in Conservation Biology from the University of Missouri shows that you have interdisciplinary coursework and experience not already met by any single degree program at MU.
As Conservation Biology is an interdisciplinary science the curriculum for our certificate provides coursework and experience beyond what is offered in a single degree program. The interdisciplinary nature of the curriculum is designed to help you reach a higher level of competence in conservation biology.
To accomplish this goal, the program has 2 required components:
- Interdisciplinary coursework that includes at least one course each from the categories of Natural Sciences, Techniques and Policy/Social Sciences with at least 3 credits are from outside your degree program
Practical experience through an internship that falls outside your discipline
- Ph.D. students: 15 credit hours of coursework at the 7000, 8000 or 9000 level, 12 of which may overlap with the degree course of study
- M.S./M.A. students: 12 credit hours of coursework at the 7000, 8000 or 9000 level, all of which may overlap with the degree course of study
- Coursework must include one course each from the following areas: Science, Techniques and Policy (See approved course list)
- Total credit hours need not exceed Graduate School degree requirements
- 160 hours of an internship exploring an area complementary to the student's conservation career goals
- Designed and completed under the guidance of a mentor other than your major advisor
- Results in a tangible product (e.g. paper, publication, presentation)
Process for Completion
- Enroll in a graduate degree program at MU.
- Develop course of study (i.e. select courses and internship)
- Send completed [Proposed Course Of Study Form] to Chair of Curriculum Committee via Janice Faaborg, Academic Advisor (303 ABNR).
- Verify enrollment from Curriculum Committee (i.e. you should receive an email from the Curriculum Chair).
- Send completed [Proposed Internship Form] to Chair of Curriculum Committee via Janice Faaborg, Academic Advisor (303 ABNR).
- Verify internship approval from Curriculum Committee (i.e. you should receive an email from the Curriculum Chair).
- Complete coursework and internship.
- If you need to change your course of study midway through the program, send an amended [Proposed Course Of Study Form] to the Curriculum Committee.
- Provide the Curriculum Committee with a [Course Of Study Form], transcripts, and documentation of a completed internship from the internship supervisor to demonstrate that you have fulfilled the requirements of the certificate stated on the Proposed Course of Study form.
- Complete all requirements of their graduate degree program
- Adhere to the regulations established by the Graduate School at MU concerning minimum acceptable grade point average and residency requirements.