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Earning a Bachelor's in Conservation Online

written by: R. Elizabeth C. Kitchen•edited by: SForsyth•updated: 9/26/2010

Are you looking for information about an online conservation education? If so, read on to learn more about an online bachelor's conservation degree.

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    An online Bachelor's conservation degree puts students in position to enter the environmental science field. Environmental science in its simplest form is a close mix of biology and geology. However, when conservation is the primary focus of the degree, preserving our natural environment, is what the courses will focus on.

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    Required Courses

    As students progress through a conservation degree, they will take a variety of courses. These courses will vary online Bachelor's conservation degree courses somewhat from school to school, but the material covered is the same. A sample curriculum includes:

    • Concepts of sustainability
    • Environmental biology
    • The environment and the human spirit
    • Environmental policies
    • Dependence of man on the environment
    • Business and the environment
    • Scientific and technical writing
    • Environmental management
    • GIS software application
    • Energy and environmental systems
    • Environmental ethics
    • Environmental impact
    • Environmental studies capstone
    • Environmental research
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    Average Completion Time

    On average, a Bachelor's degree takes four years to complete from start to finish. If the student has credits to transfer from a previous degree or successfully completed college courses. Certain programs may also have a fast track option allowing students to complete their BA in less than four years.

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    Top Online Schools

    Ashford University offers an online Bachelor's conservation degree. Students will need to complete a total of 120 credits to graduate. Each class is five weeks long and students are required to take one class at a time, though, they make take more. Each credit is $372.00 and students will also have to purchase books and a proprietary software application.

    Students wanting to pursue this degree must have internet access and basic computer and internet skills. Students will have to apply to this program and meet pre-determined minimum requirements in order to be granted enrollment. Some basic requirements include being at least 22 years of age or older, have the English language requirement, and a high school diploma or GED.

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    Possible Careers

    Possessing a Bachelor's degree in conservation allows students to pursue a variety of career tracks. Common career online Bachelor's conservation degree careers paths include:

    • Conservation planner
    • Environmental impact analyst
    • Restoration expert
    • Ecology surveyor
    • Natural resources specialist
    • Climate activist
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    Career Outlook and Salary

    Numerous factors determine average annual salary. However, on average those with this degree may earn between $74,731 and $100,104 per year. It is estimated that the near future looks good for those seeking careers in the environmental science field. If government trends on going green and living naturally continue, employment opportunities will continue to grow.

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    Why it is Better to Obtain this Degree Online

    Pursuing this degree online allows for far more flexibility than it would on a brick and mortar campus. Students are able to study when it is convenient for them as long as they are meeting all deadlines. They can debate in a forum-based environment and get one-on-one help from their teacher via chat rooms, telephone, email, and forum-like message boards. Students are encouraged to think critically and learn self-discipline.

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    Ashford University. (2010). Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies. Retrieved on September 20, 2010 from Ashford University:

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