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Protecting the World’s Wildlife: Trent University Launches Ontario’s First Conservation Biology Program with Co-op

May 17, 2018

First program of its kind in the province with co-op and placement options gives Trent students a career advantage through hands-on experience in the field

Four students and professor using nets to conduct research
Associate professor Paul Frost and Biology students

A first in the province, Trent University’s new Conservation Biology B.Sc. program will include co-op and placement opportunities that provide graduates with career advantages and the skills and knowledge to help protect the world’s most vital organisms and at-risk wildlife.

Now accepting applications for its launch in fall 2018, the new Conservation Biology B.Sc. program will provide students with the opportunity to study the science behind conserving the world’s wildlife. With the introduction of a one-of-a-kind co-op option, students will also be able to take what they learn in the lab into the real world. Through the five-year co-op option, students will take three paid work terms while studying at Trent. The program also offers a fourth-year placement option that gives students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, spending the last eight months of their degree working alongside conservation science professionals.

“Many students come to university with a deep commitment to conserving our planet’s biodiversity,” explained Dr. Erica Nol, Biology professor at Trent University and coordinator of the new program. “This program will facilitate for those students knowledge transfer from the science of conservation biology, to the practical solutions that will improve the status of earth’s threatened and endangered organisms.”

Through Trent’s large network of organizations and agencies, students will have the opportunity to work with and learn from biologists and researchers from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry thanks to the University’s on-campus partnership and connection to the Ministry. Trent has also developed relationships with a number of organizations including the Nature Conservancy Canada, World Wildlife Fund Canada and Parks Canada, providing ample opportunities for students to work with leading agencies in the field of conservation biology.

In the Conservation Biology B.Sc., students will spend time learning alongside leading professors and researchers in the field, studying the science behind the decline in biological diversity across the planet, and will work to better understand the best solutions to this global crisis. The program is geared to equipping students for the task of protecting species and organisms from becoming at-risk through in-depth studies on a wide variety of species and organisms, studying the current threats to their existence, and examining the various ways to preserving their environment.

Applications to the new Conservation Biology B.Sc. program are now being accepted. Learn more.

About Trent University
One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area, delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.

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