Integrative Conservation Concentration

Catalog Year: 2022-2023

Banner Code: LA-BS-INTS-INCO

Green Leaf

The Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies brings together research, theory and practice across numerous disciplines. Integrative studies majors select a multidisciplinary concentration or work with student services staff to develop their own concentration, uniquely suited to their academic and career goals. Integrative studies majors explore new topics and experiences while gaining the knowledge and skills needed to enter the workforce.  Required coursework is offered in small classes with ample room for discussion, collaborative learning, and experiential learning, including in-community projects, volunteer opportunities, field work, internships and work with faculty on research that directly engages current social and global challenges.

The BS in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Applied Global Conservation is a Green Leaf Program.

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Degree Requirements

Total credits: minimum 120

This is a Green Leaf program.

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Students pursuing a BS in Integrative Studies must complete a minimum of 30 credits of (INTS) coursework, with at least 15 credits at the 300 and 400 levels.

Integrative studies students complete INTS 391 Understanding Integrative Studies and INTS 491 Senior Capstone and choose a concentration from the options below. Before registering, students should see an advisor to help plan their degree program to meet Mason requirements. The advisor also can help students choose electives or a minor.

Required Course

INTS 391 Understanding Integrative Studies 1
INTS 491 Senior Capstone 3
Total Credits 4

Concentration in the Major

A concentration is the equivalent of a major in a traditional degree program. Students choose from an established multidisciplinary concentration below or create with faculty an individualized program of study to fit their interests and needs. Concentration coursework combines integrative studies (INTS) classes with coursework from other Mason units (departments, schools, and colleges). While fulfilling the concentration requirements, students are also responsible for completing a minimum of 30 credits of INTS coursework. Any INTS courses required for the concentration will apply. Students must present a minimum GPA of 2.00 in courses applied to the concentration.

Concentration in Integrative Conservation (INCO)

Addresses global conservation challenges, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and ecosystem collapse, drawing upon fields such as biology, policy, law, anthropology, sociology, conflict resolution, environmental justice, economics and communication.  Students learn to apply their knowledge and effect real-world change through access to the Smithsonian-Mason Semester and international conservation organizations in the Washington, DC area.

Core Courses
Conservation Foundations  
CONS 120 Wicked Problems and Grand Challenges 3
INTS 211 Introduction to Conservation Studies (Mason Core) 3
CONS 495 Capstone in Conservation Strategies 4
Analytical Skills and Methods  
CONS 210 Inquiry and Design 3
BIOL 214 Biostatistics for Biology Majors 3
or STAT 250 Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core)
STAT 350 Introductory Statistics II 3
or CONS 360 Qualitative Research and Inquiry
or CONS 460 Statistics and Study Design in Ecology and Conservation
Biology and Ecology  
BIOL 213 Cell Structure and Function 4
BIOL 308 Foundations of Ecology and Evolution 5
BIOL/EVPP 318 Conservation Biology 3-6
or INTS 401 Conservation Biology (Mason Core)
Social Dimensions  
INTS 204 Leadership Theory and Practice 4
EVPP 429 Environmental Science Communication 3
PSYC 410 The Psychology of Environmental Stewardship 3
Total Credits 41-44
Specialized Track

Students must complete one of these four tracks (16-21 credits)

Conservation, Biodiversity and Society Track

Note: SMSC CBS Semester Required
CONS 320 Conservation in Practice 3
CONS 401 Conservation Theory 3
CONS 402 Applied Conservation 4
CONS 410 Human Dimensions in Conservation (Mason Core) 3
CONS 490 RS: Integrated Conservation Strategies (Mason Core) 3
Total Credits 16

Endangered Species Conservation Track

Note: SMSC ESC semester required
CONS 400 Conservation Seminar 2
CONS 406 Small Population Management 4
CONS 491 RS: Conservation Management Planning (Mason Core) 4
CONS 496 Research in Conservation (Mason Core) 6
Total Credits 16

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Track

Note: SMSC WEC semester required
CONS 400 Conservation Seminar 2
CONS 404 Biodiversity Monitoring 4
CONS 405 Landscape and Macrosystems Ecology 4
CONS 496 Research in Conservation (Mason Core) 6
Total Credits 16

Collaborative Leadership Track

Note: Fairfax-based, social science track
CONF 300 Conflict Resolution Techniques and Practice 3
INTS 311 The Mysteries of Migration: Consequences for Conservation (Mason Core) 6
or INTS 403 Conservation Behavior (Mason Core)
INTS 334 Environmental Justice (Mason Core) 4
Select two courses in Process Design and Leadership from the following: 6-8
Interpersonal Conflict Analysis and Resolution  
CONF 325
Dialogue and Difference  
Community Engagement and Collaborative Problem Solving  
Justice and Reconciliation  
CONF 340
Global Conflict Analysis and Resolution (Mason Core)  
Mediating Conflict  
Ethics and Leadership  
Leadership in a Changing Environment  
Total Credits 19-21

Additional Electives

Any remaining credits may be completed with electives to bring the degree total to 120