Syllabus for Conservation Biology


A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 1BG318
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Biology A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2015-04-15
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2015
  • Entry requirements:

    120 credits including alt 1) 60 credits biology and 30 credits chemistry or 30 credits earth sciences; alt 2) 90 credits biology. In both cases furthermore intermediate courses in Ecology 15 credits.

  • Responsible department: Biology Education Centre

Learning outcomes

The general aim is that the student after the course should have advanced knowledge within ecology and conservation genetics to a large extent be able to use them in nature conservation applications.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to

  • analyse the causes behind the vulnerability and extinction risks of small and large populations
  • apply models of demography/population dynamics and of genetic variation within and between populations
  • identify and in a structured way discuss ethical issues related to conservation biology.


The course comprises theories and concept of great importance to be able to tax the threat assessment for plants and animals, for example how genetic drift, inbreeding and inbreeding depression can influence the survival opportunities of threatened species, and how stochastic and density dependent demographic processes can affect extinction risk. The course also focuses on population models of relevance for conservation problems. Under a project work, the students will analyse for example action programmes for threatened species or environments.

The course is based on the students ' previous knowledge in ecology and genetics and the advanced study and the labour market links are ensured through increased depth and independence and in exercises where the students apply their knowledge when working with nature conservation and sustainable development.


The teaching is given in the form of lectures, seminars, computer exercises, calculation exercises, field trips, contacts with public authorities and a longer project work. Participation in seminars, computer exercises, calculation exercises, field trips, and project work are compulsory.


Modules: Theory 11 credits; Project 4 credits.

The theory part is comprised by a written examination. The module project includes active participation in project work, field trips, seminars, computer-based laboratory sessions, and calculation exercises and is examined through oral and written presentations.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2015

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Höglund, Jacob Evolutionary conservation genetics

    Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009

    Find in the library

  • Morris, William F. Doak, Daniel F. Quantitative conservation biology : theory and practice of population viability analysis

    Sunderland, Mass.: Sinauer Associates, cop. 2002

    Find in the library

Last modified: 2022-04-26