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Environmental Biology and Conservation Major

Program Highlights

  • Internship with GeoSpatial Services (GSS) for a unique hands-on experience
  • Diverse ecosystem steps from campus
  • This STEM program, recognized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Graduates are in high demand, excelling in the latest technologies and innovating solutions for real-world problems. International students may be eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT).
  • Personalize your journey with 19 different minors. Learn more.

What You'll Learn

  • Ecological and conservation topics; biodiversity, evolution, and population genetics
  • Skill-building experience with a variety of field and lab methods
  • Ecological field-based and lab-based research; spatial analysis
  • Scientific literacy skills to interpret scientific reports
  • Effective communication skills to report scientific findings

Change the world, just like Katrina.

Katrina Danzinger had the opportunity to travel to Alaska to take part in an ocean debris removal expedition with the Ocean Plastics Recovery Project.

Watch the video and read more about her incredible journey.


Your journey towards a brighter future starts here. Whether you are a recent high school graduate seeking to immerse yourself in a transformative academic experience or a transfer student eager to find the perfect fit, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is committed to empowering you with knowledge, fostering personal growth, and nurturing the leaders of tomorrow.

Course Catalog

Careers that look to the future.

Careers in natural resource management are critical in wildlife resource management, wildlife ecology, fisheries, and forestry. In-demand careers requiring spatial analysis skills are needed in public health, city planning, emergency services, crime management, natural resources enforcement, business development, and archeology. GIS technologists and technicians have an annual salary of $92,870.1

Agricultural Engineer


Conservation scientist




Wildlife conservationist


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