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Outdoor Conservation at Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, IA

This blog contains direct quotes from websites as of 2023. Programs and policies do change, at colleges, from time to time, so please check with the colleges directly to receive any updates. These are not, necessarily, the biggest, best, or most popular programs at the college, but they are the ones that just “caught my eye” as unique, special, interesting, or just plain awesome. Enjoy!


From the Mount Mercy University website, 2023: “Outdoor Conservation Major:

*Explore numerous facets of the natural world

*Embark on a career focused on the care and preservation of natural resources and ecosystems.

*The core courses build on the fundamental principles of biology, evolution of living organisms, ecology, criminal justice and statistics.



“With the help of dedicated faculty mentors, outdoor conservation majors study the impact of globalization on environmental and conservation strategies and gain technical expertise in geographic information systems (GIS) analysis, radio telemetry, remote sensing, environmental chemical analysis, and field sampling techniques.


“To support your area(s) of interest as an outdoor conservation major, you’ll focus on one of three tracks:


*Natural Resources (science intensive, Bachelor of Science)

*Law Enforcement (science and criminal justice focus, Bachelor of Arts)

*General Studies (liberal arts focus, Bachelor of Arts)


“Under the three different program tracks, students develop the intellectual expertise and technical skills needed to succeed in careers in park management, natural resource conservation, and numerous other outdoor careers in governmental and private organizations.


“Experience takes you outside the classroom. Our degree in outdoor conservation helps you develop valuable skills through hands-on, in-the-field research and internships with Mount Mercy partners like Indian Creek Nature Center and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR).


“Other past opportunities include research on sand dune prairie succession, restoration of hill prairie, and radio-tracking of ornate box turtles.”


Mount Mercy University is one of the featured colleges in my new book (click image for additional information):




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