Apply now for the California Ecology and Conservation Course

Tuesday, March 6, 2018


California Ecology and Conservation brings together 27 students from across the UC system for seven weeks of intensive learning at NRS reserves. Guided by experienced field instructors, undergraduates transform into scientists by conducting independent research studies. Students learn to notice natural patterns, frame questions into feasible research projects, and practice standard techniques such as surveys of animal and plant populations. At the conclusion of each project, students  analyze their data and present their findings to the class in oral presentations, posters, and reports. Students hone their research, public speaking, and scientific writing skills with constant practice and feedback. All the while, students gain a working familiarity with California’s diverse ecosystems while immersed in the NRS’s classrooms without walls.

To apply for the for Fall 2018 Course submit your application by April 22, 2018

How to apply

California Ecology and Conservation will be offered every Spring, Summer, and Fall term. Application deadlines and other key dates for upcoming course offerings can be found here. There is no fee to apply.

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The course will focus on field methods, ecology, and conservation. Students will gain a functional understanding of the following topics:

  1. fundamental concepts in ecology
  2. principles of conservation biology
  3. experimental design
  4. field research techniques
  5. statistics

A sample syllabus can be found here. The actual syllabi will vary.