Bascom Hall atop Bascom Hill is pictured in a fisheye-lens aerial view of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus during an autumn sunset on Oct. 5, 2011. Other majority campus facilities include, clockwise from lower left, South Hall, Birge Hall, Van Vleck Hall, the Medical Sciences Center, Ingraham Hall, Van Hise Hall and Observatory Drive. In the background at upper right is Lake Mendota and Picnic Point. The photograph was made from a helicopter looking west. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)


To declare, make an appointment with the undergraduate student services coordinator, Ginny Jackson on Starfish.

If students are not currently in the College of Letters & Science (L&S), you must transfer into L&S before declaring. However, students are welcome to meet with the Conservation Biology student services coordinator to discuss the major before transferring or declaring.

Conservation Biology Majors must take at least 50 credits in the major. Students must complete all core requirements (I), 12 credits of Field/Species Biology (II), and an elective Social Science course plus additional elective coursework (III) to get to the required 50 credits.  In addition, students must also satisfy all University requirements and the L&S B.A. or B.S. requirements.

Because the Conservation Biology major has many elective courses and because career and professional goals vary widely among students, pursuing advice and guidance is important. For this reason, students are encouraged to meet with their faculty advisor and student services coordinator regularly to discuss their academic plans.  In addition, students considering graduate study must choose courses that will provide a strong foundation. In addition, such students should seek out advanced courses in their chosen field if possible as well as a research experience.

The Conservation Biology Personal Statement is a writing assignment completed your senior year.  It allows you to work with your faculty advisor and connect your UW-Madison experiences to your future goals.  Some examples include a personal plan for graduate school, a cover letter for a job or internship or your own personal statement that reviews your educational, and professional history while also looking towards your career direction.

How does it work?

  1. Set up an appointment with your faculty advisor in your final year and indicate the meeting is regarding the personal statement requirement.
  2. Send to your faculty advisor, in advance of the meeting, your choice of a cover letter for a job or internship position of interest, a personal plan for graduate school, or your own two-page personal statement that reviews your educational and professional history, while also looking towards career goals.
  3. This Personal Statement Faculty Evaluation Form  is to be completed and signed off by your faculty advisor and then submit evaluation to Ginny Jackson, Student Services Coordinator-141 Birge Hall.  Talk to Ginny if you’re interested in learning more about an affiliate review option.