Graduate Certificate in Tropical Biology and Conservation


The certificate is awarded after completion of 18 credit hours of core courses and electives with a minimum of 12 credits at the 5000 or 6000 level. Up to 3 credits may be taken at the 2000 - 3000 level upon permission of the Graduate Committee. Electives must include a minimum of 3 credits outside biology with a maximum of 7 outside biology. A maximum of 3 credits may be taken elsewhere than UM-St. Louis. Students may simultaneously earn a graduate degree and count credits earned in their degree program toward the certificate when appropriate.

Required Core Courses:
Biology 6250, Public Policy of Conservation and Sustainable Development
Biology 6299, Internship in Conservation Biology (May be replaced with a biology elective for individuals with applied conservation or environmental agency experience upon consent of the Graduate Committee).

Choice of:
Biology 6212,
Theory and Application of Conservation Biology
Biology 6222, Advanced Tropical Ecology and Conservation

Introduction to Marine Science
4182, Population Biology
4202, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
4402, Ornithology
4422, Entomology
4501, Flowering Plant Families Phylogeny and Diversification
5122, Advanced Tropical Resource Ecology
5123, Advanced Tropical Resource Ecology Field Studies
5145, Advanced Tropical Vertebrate Ecology
5192, Community Ecology
6102, Advanced Behavioral Ecology
6112, Advanced Evolution of Animal Sociality
6182, Advanced Population Biology
6192, Applications of Geographic Information Systems
6212, Theory and Application of Conservation Biology
6222, Advanced Tropical Ecology and Conservation
6889, Graduate Seminar, when relevant

International Economic Analysis
3301, Intermediate Economic Theory:

Natural Resource Economics

Selected Topics in History, when relevant
3201, History of Latin America : to 1808
3202, History of Latin America : Since 1808
3302, West Africa Since 1800
6114, Readings in Latin American History, when relevant
6115, Readings in African History, when relevant

Political Science
Political Systems of South America
2540, Political Systems of Mexico, Central America , and the Caribbean
2580, African Politics
3480, Environmental Politics
3590, Studies in Comparative Politics, when relevant
3830, International Political Economy
3850, International Organizations and Global Problem Solving
3890, Studies in International Relations
4470, Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy
4510, Comparative Public Policy and Administration
4850, International law
4940, Leadership and Management in Nonprofit Organizations
6414, Topics in Public Policy Analysis, when relevant
6448, Political Economy and Public Policy
6459, Seminar in Latin American Politics, when relevant
6462, Political Theory and Public Policy
6490, Seminar in International Relations

Social Work
Seminar in Social Work Issues, when relevant

World Population and Ecology
4646, Demographic Techniques
5426, Community and Regional Conflict Resolution