Bachelor of Science in Interpretive Biology and Natural History

Help the public connect with the natural world through education

Frostburg State University’s undergraduate degree in interpretive biology and natural history equips you with the skills needed to acquaint the public with the mysteries and majesty of the great outdoors. The focus of the program is to develop graduates who will become ambassadors for the natural world, increasing people’s appreciation for nature’s fragility and ultimately encouraging a desire for a more earth-friendly, sustainable lifestyle.

  • Explore a variety of biology disciplines including zoology and botany.
  • Prepare for a rewarding career working in informal educational settings, such as national and state parks, government agencies, zoos, nature centers and environmental education centers.
  • Complete this degree with a total of 61 credit hours including 35 in biology and 26 in related majors.

B.S. in Interpretive Biology and Natural History Highlights:

  • Take part in Project Learning Tree through the U.S. Forest Service and become a certified instructor, learning to relate to audiences of different ages.

  • Increase your understanding of flora and fauna and your communication skills so you can present scientific information as well as folklore in a way that is interesting and memorable to audiences.

  • Complete a capstone internship working with a federal, state or private agency or in an industry related to your individual area of interest in biology.

  • Be trained by the renowned National Association for Interpretation, the organization that has trained hundreds of professionals who work in natural history and interpretation for zoos.

  • Join the Wildlife Society on the FSU campus to discuss timely wildlife-related topics and the latest techniques for exploring nature and successfully working with animals.

About Our Interpretive Biology and Natural History Faculty:

  • Take courses from specialists including an entomologist, mammalogist, ornithologist, botanist and herpetologist.

  • Learn as a part of small classes that allow extensive interaction with instructors and classmates to maximize your growth opportunities.

  • Study with dedicated educators who love to teach and who are also published authors and renowned authorities in their respective fields.

Sample Interpretive Biology and Natural History Courses You May Take:

General Animal Behavior – Explore behavior of animals from an evolutionary approach. Complete a research project.

General Zoology – Study the biology of animals and the evolution of animal diversity. Explore ecological interactions among animals and their physicochemical and biological environments.

General Botany – Delve into botanical concepts and principles about algae and land plants. Emphasis is on their origin, evolution and classification of major groups with typical life cycles and characteristics, general morphology and physiology of vascular plants, and plant ecology.

Find out more about Frostburg State University’s interpretive biology and natural history program requirements.

Career Outlook for Conservation Scientists and Interpretive Guides:

Although the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes no statistics for careers as an interpretive guide, it states that conservation scientists, a related field, can anticipate growth of 3 percent in job openings through 2022. For more information about state and federal guide opportunities in parks, forests and government sponsored exhibits, check the national park service website and respective state government employment websites.

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