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ecology students look for salamanders under rocks on the Cofrin arboretum.
Cofrin Center for Biodiversity


UW-Green Bay offers a number of courses that give students real-world experiences to gain the skills that will need to be competitive in today’s market. A career in biodiversity or ecosystem studies is dependent on understanding the basic concepts of ecology. UW Green Bay offers several core courses in environmental science and biology that are focused on a solid foundation based on ecological concepts:

Foundation Courses

UW Green Bay offers a variety of majors related to ecology, biodiversity, and environmental science.  Undergraduates should speak to faculty and advisors in their areas of interest and consult the catalogue for detailed information on requirements. Students interested in biodiversity should consider majors in biology, environmental science, chemistry, environmental planning and policy, geography, geosciences, global studies and mathematics (statistics or modeling).

Advanced Courses in Biodiversity

Understanding biodiversity and effectively managing our natural ecosystems requires a good grasp of biota. Unfortunately, around the world, science is facing a tremendous loss of taxonomic expertise. UW Green bay offers a variety of courses that provide in depth taxonomic training on a variety of groups. Students can extend their knowledge through independent study and research opportunities with faculty in NAS and Human Biology. Currently we have faculty working on amphibians, arachnids, bees, birds, fish, fungi, and plants.

Technical Skills Courses

Employers in Biodiversity related organizations, agencies, and corporations often expect their employees to have command of a number of field and technology related skills.  Employers are looking for people who understand and can use GIS, statistical software, and complex data collection equipment.

International Travel (Costa Rica and Panamá)

Each year we offer international education courses to Costa Rica and Panama. The Costa Rica course is a service learning course designed for students interested in learning more about biology, National Parks, and ecotourism. Students work with park staff at Carrara National Park in southwestern Costa Rica repairing trails. They visit local school children and spend a day talking to them about the importance of biodiversity. Students also participate in research projects. Day and overnight trips to other parks in Costa Rica are also part of this two week experience.

The Panama course is a two-week field research course in collaboration with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute where advanced undergraduates and graduate students learn about doing research in the tropics first hand. Research projects vary from year to year depending on faculty participants. Recent trips have included bio-monitoring of marine invertebrates, bird monitoring in lowland and cloud forests, spider and millipede collection in mangroves and tropical forests, and fish sampling in tropical forest streams.