Outdoor Conservation

The outdoor conservation major builds on fundamental principles in biology and conservation, evolution of organisms, animal behavior, environmental science, ecology and statistics.

Mount Mercy University’s outdoor conservation major provides coursework for students who wish to pursue careers in parks, natural resources, conservation-based organizations and other outdoor careers. Electives beyond core coursework offered include animal behavior, Iowa natural history and environmental issues. Some research opportunities exist.

Working toward an outdoor conservation degree in eastern Iowa gives students the opportunity to work with modern equipment, analyze data collected and communicate in a scientific manner. Students also have the opportunity to work and gain experience outdoors at a summer course field station.

Mount Mercy’s outdoor conservation major also offers three tracks to help students earn the degree that best fits their interests. The natural resource track offers the most science curriculum, the law enforcement track substitutes criminal justice classes for some science, and the general studies track provides a selection of liberal arts classes that encompasses fields such as business, political science, and sociology.

Student outside using a telemetry instrument A student outside using a instrument to scan a leaf
A student using calipers to collect measurement of a small turtle Students using nets and other conservation methods to collect data on fish in a stream