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The interdisciplinary minor in Conservation Leadership focuses on conservation and sustainability issues in the context of a modern society embedded and depending on a changing planet. Offered by ODU in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the minor facilitates the development of the next generation of professionals who can address conservation and sustainability issues and challenges posed by a changing climate and sea level rise.
One of the three core courses is a mentored internship, preferably at a facility of a federal or state agency
One course (3 credit hours) is designated as a service-learning course in which the student will be engaged in a project at a USFWS (or related) facility
All mandatory courses are built on learning by experience in research of real-world wicked problems
Open to students from all programs, as we aim for a highly diverse set of academic disciplines within the student population
Students will be introduced to the science underpinning mitigation of human-induced changes in the Earth system, including but not limited to climate change and sea level rise, and adaptation to the impacts of these changes. The course will cover the environmental hazards and the opportunities and limitations for conservation, mitigation and adaptation. This is a writing intensive course. Cross listed with BIOL 466W and OEAS 466W. Prerequisites: BIOL 291 or permission of instructor.
In this class, students will discover what makes a leader for sustainability. They will consider a range of global and local crises from a leadership point of view in the context of sustainability science, which addresses the development of communities in a rapidly changing social, economic, and environmental system-of-systems environment. The course will be based on taking a problem-motivated and solution-focused approach to the challenges considered. The course includes a service learning project focusing on a leadership experience in solving a real-world environmental problem. Prerequisite: BIOL 466W or OEAS 466W or IDS 466W.
As part of the Conservation Leadership minor, this graded internship will provide an opportunity to integrate service and applied learning experience with interdisciplinary perspectives. 200 hours are required for the 3-credit option, and 400 hours are required for the 6-credit option. Prerequisites: BIOL 466W/OEAS 466W/IDS 466W and BIOL 467/OEAS 467/IDS 467.
Students entering the Minor program in Conservation Leadership should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)
Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
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