Undergraduate

Students of the Smithsonian-Mason Semester for Conservation Studies program hold a radio-tagged box turtle as they participate in a field trip to Rock Creek Park in Washington DC. Photo by Alexis Glenn

Students of the Smithsonian-Mason Semester for Conservation Studies program hold a radio-tagged box turtle as they participate in a field trip to Rock Creek Park in Washington DC. Photo by Alexis Glenn

Exploring the conservation world beyond classrooms and books

Learn about conservation biology within the social, economic, and political context with emphasis on problem solving, critical thinking and hands-on experiential learning through programs offered by the Smithsonian-Mason Semester for Conservation Studies.

Conservation, Biodiversity and Society and Wildlife Ecology and Conservation are two complementary 16-credit semester programs.  You can take one individually or take both in consecutive semesters.  Both programs are appropriate for upper-level students from any accredited college or university and from any major who have demonstrated a commitment to conservation.

Each program offers a set of five integrated courses that include a practicum experience as well as classes focusing on conservation theory and applications.  Like a “study abroad” program, students live at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia, close to Shenandoah National Park and learn from prominent conservationists, researchers, and educators.  Through academically intense, hands-on curricula, students will emerge from their Semester experience prepared for conservation-related internships, graduate study or professions.

  • Each program is limited to 20 students. Placement into a specific program is made according to the date your deposit is received at George Mason University. There can be a short delay, so deposit does NOT guarantee there is an opening in your preferred program. You will be notified upon receipt of deposit.
  • Because SCBI is a closed federal research facility, final acceptance into the program is contingent on passing a federal security background check.  

 

For information about the Semester in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, click HERE.

For information about the Semester in Conservation, Biodiversity and Society, click HERE.

We are now offering a 6-credit overseas field course for Summer 2016.  For more information click HERE.