Ecology, Environment and Conservation Focus

Students who are interested in ecology, environment and conservation biology will find rewarding career opportunities with public and government agencies, companies, contractors, environmental organizations, and more.  Job descriptions may include field or lab data collection, natural resource management, policy development and enforcement, and consultancy.  Students may also be interested in advanced studies in a variety of fields at the Master’s or Ph.D.-level, or advanced professional training in fields like environmental law and public policy.

Students studying in the Ecology, Environment and Conservation focus area have the opportunity to participate in field courses and independent research at our own excellent Ozark Research Field Station.  Students can engage with each other and gain professional experience in clubs such as the Water Environment Federation and Eco-Miners.  Rolla is a great location for students to engage with state and federal agencies.  Our students often obtain professional training experience by working at local offices of the Missouri Department of Conservation, the US Forest Service, and the US Geological Survey.  You can find out more about what our students have to say by checking out the experiences of Lilly Germeroth '20 and Jessica Brooks, '21.

Students pursuing a career in ecology, environment and conservation are encouraged to select elective courses from the following list of Missouri S&T courses:

  • Freshwater Ecology with lab
  • Astrobiology
  • Ichthyology with lab
  • Plant Biology  
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Animal Behavior with lab
  • Geomicrobiology
  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy with lab
  • Bioremediation
  • Global Ecology 
  • Population & Conservation Genetics
  • Ecophysiology 

Field Courses

  • Field Ecology
  • Vegetation of the Ozarks
  • Cave Biology
  • Forest Insect Diversity & Ecology
  • Forest, Prairie and Wildlife Management

A complete catalog listing of all Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts options is available in the course catalog.

Our students who are interested in Ecology, Environment and Conservation also are often interested in pairing their Biological Sciences major with a Chemistry Minor or an interdisciplinary Sustainability Minor.