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Conservation Biology Certificate:

Social science students enrolled in a graduate degree program at SIPA, Columbia's Law School, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or other professional school at Columbia, who wish to obtain a stronger background in biology may pursue a Certificate in Conservation Biology.

Applying - Candidates for the certificate will be expected to declare their candidacy as soon as possible after admission to one of the University's recognized graduate departments or programs. The Certificate Committee will review the admissions packet of candidates to verify whether they have enough background in biology to successfully follow the program. Admitted students will then be assigned a Committee member as an advisor. They will be expected to discuss their program of certificate study with their advisor at the beginning of each semester and obtain written course approval from them.

Requirements - At least two residence units and 24 points taken for a letter grade (E credit) are required for the certificate. Advanced standing credit is permissible for six points in Population Biology or an approved elective only; all other courses must be taken during residence at Columbia University. The following courses are required:

  • Conservation Biology (EEEB G6905)
  • Environmental Politics, Policy and Managment, (INAF U6241)
  • two additonal advance courses in conservation biology.
  • one elective (chosen in consultation with advisor)
  • environmental policy workshop (offered either through SIPA or through E3B)

In addition, an interdisciplinary paper must be written for one of the courses. It must be read by the course's instructor and by a second reader from the Certificate Committee. A grade of B+ or better is required. The certificate is granted by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences on the recommendation of the EEB Certificate Committee, normally after four terms of residence.


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