Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Concentration

What will you study?

Evolution is the core of biology. From molecules to ecosystems, all living systems show the traces of their evolutionary history. The science of ecology often provides the context for understanding this history, by helping us to understand how organisms interact with each other and the environment. In the Ecology and Evolution concentration, you will use the latest techniques to understand such things as:

  • Why are there so many different kinds of organisms, and how are they related?
  • How do organisms make decisions that affect their growth, reproduction, and survival?
  • How do these decisions affect the growth and decline of populations?
  • Why do organisms form social groups?
  • How did humans evolve?
  • Are human activities a threat to biodiversity and how can knowledge gained in biology be applied towards conservation of habitat and/or species?

Further career and educational opportunities

The Ecology, Evolution and Conservation concentration is accredited by the College of Applied Biology.  The concentration prepares students for careers as researchers and technicians in conservation, fisheries, forestry or resoration within local, provincial and federal governments or with national and international environmental organisations, environmental consultants, park wardens and naturalists, conservation officers, science writers, science educators, and more.

Practical knowledge

Learn about the science behind the headlines:

  • How can we manage and recover endangered species?
  • Why are there pine beetle outbreaks, fish stock collapses, and other population fluctuations?
  • How will natural systems recover after fires and floods?

For more information on the Biological Sciences undergraduate programs, contact Emelia Kirkwood (Undergraduate Advisor) at 778-782-3539 or via e-mail at