Conservation Biology (Co-Op or Placement Option)

In this program – the only one of its kind in Ontario – you’ll gain hands-on, valuable experience working with groups like the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry, Nature Conservancy Canada, Metro Toronto Zoo, Parks Canada and more.

With so many of the world’s species currently at risk, there is an essential need for experts who are capable of creating innovative solutions to counteract the growing loss of wildlife and their habitat. In Conservation Biology you’ll study the science behind the decline of biological diversity to better understand the solutions to this worldwide crisis.

Accelerated Master's Degree

Fast-track your education, by earning your M.Sc. in Environmental & Life Sciences (ELS) in only 12-16 months after graduating from your B.Sc.

Degrees Offered:

  • B.Sc. Co-op Option (5-year degree)
  • B.Sc. Placement Option (4-year degree)


  • Peterborough

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  • Complete the competitive five-year co-op option: graduate with experience through completing three paid work terms working with leading conservation organizations and agencies
  • Choose the four-year placement option: spend the last eight months of your degree gaining practical, real-world experience in the field of Conservation Biology
  • Benefit from access to state-of-the-art labs and facilities in Trent’s DNA, Life & Health Sciences Building
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Career Paths:

Career Opportunities

  • Species-at-Risk Biologist
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Research Scientist
  • Ecologist
  • Zoo Biologist
  • Ecological Consultant
  • Conservation Manager
  • Veterinarian

Popular Courses:

  • Conservation Biology
  • Biology of Invasions
  • Population Dynamics
  • Mammalogy
  • Ornithology
  • Herpetology
  • Advanced Ecology
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Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Requirements:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • A minimum of six Grade 12 4U or 4M courses, including program specific prerequisites
  • A minimum 70% overall final average (unless otherwise specified)
  • ENG 4U with a minimum of 60%

Program Requirements:

  • ENG4U, MHF4U or MCV4U, SCH4U and SBI4U with a combined minimum average of 75%
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