Bachelor of Science

Environmental Science - Conservation and Restoration Ecology

Starting Autumn 2020, students interested in Conservation and Restoration Ecology may apply to the new Conservation & Restoration Science major.  Continuing students are able to complete the pathway described below.

Conservation and Restoration Ecology Pathway

students researching near a streamThe Conservation and Restoration Ecology Pathway (CRE) links the study of conserving and maintaining ecological systems and their elements with the recovery of damaged ecosystems. The combination of conservation and restoration creates a practical framework for managing natural resources and landscapes. Fundamental understandings of ecosystem components and processes are used to foster and sustain native species, ecological communities, and ecosystems.


  • One quarter of Calculus (STMATH 124 Calculus I, BMATH 144 Calculus for the Life & Social Sciences or equivalent)
  • Three quarters of the General Chemistry sequence (B CHEM 143/144 General Chemistry I, 153/154 General Chemistry II, 163/164 General Chemistry III or equivalent)
  • One Introductory Earth System Science course: BIS 242 Environmental Geography, BEARTH 155 Intro to Climate Science (previously BST 200), BEARTH 153 Intro to Geology (previously BIS 153), BEARTH 154 Intro to Oceanography (previously BIS 154) or an equivalent Physical Geography or Oceanography course.
  • One Introductory Environmental Studies course (BIS 240 Intro to Sustainable Practices or BIS 243 Intro to Environmental Issues, or equivalent)
  • Three quarters of the Introductory Biology sequence (B BIO 180 Intro Biology I, B BIO 200 Intro Biology II, B BIO 220 Intro Biology IIIor equivalent Biology course).


Environmental Science (ENV SCIENCE)

Core Requirements:27 credits

CRE Core Course Requirements (ENV SCIENCE:CORE)

20 credits from the below options

CRE Distribution Requirements (20 Credits)

Capstone (13 Credits)

  • BES 462, 463, 464 Capstone or approved Independent Research (10 credits)
  • BIS 499 Portfolio Capstone - min. 2.5 grade (3 credits)

TOTAL = 80 Credits


School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (IAS) Requirements & Policies

Interdisciplinary Practice & Reflection (IPR)

Within the above-listed 80 credits, students must complete the IPR requirement.

Areas of Knowledge

25 credits must be completed in each Area of Knowledge. The Areas of Knowledge are: Visual, Literary and Performing Arts (VLPA), Individuals and Societies (I&S), and Natural World (NW).

Multiply-designated courses may not be double-counted as fulfilling two Areas of Knowledge. Courses may apply to both an Area of Knowledge requirement and an CRE major requirement.

Upper Division Credit Policy

Of the credits applying to Environmental Science major requirements, a minimum of 48 must be completed at the Upper Division (300-400) level.

Matriculated status

Courses taken to satisfy CRE major requirements must be completed in matriculated status.

Admitted prior to Autumn Quarter, 2016?

Students admitted to the CRE major prior to Autumn 2016 may be eligible to complete an older set of major requirements. Students with questions about their major requirements should contact an IAS advisor. For more information, please check Requirement Changes Autumn 2016 page.

In addition to the general admission requirements, students must have completed the following prerequisites to be considered for admission to the CRE major.

Declaring the CRE Major

To declare the CRE major, please contact the First Year & Pre-Major Program.

CRE Resources