Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation

What is Ecology?

Ecology is a science which studies the interaction of living beings with each other and with the environment. Ecology studies both systems, including changes caused by humans, and systems with natural conditions.

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Is is closely related to such disciplines as Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Geography, Physics, Epidemiology, Biogeochemistry, Sociology. The main aim of Ecology is principles of the rational using of natural resources based on the principles of organization of life.

Why study Ecology?

First of all, this planet need great specialists in Ecology. By understanding relations between different parts of ecosystems and especially a role of human beings in this system people learn how to interact with the environment and use its resources correctly and find out how these interactions work.

Even if you do not see yourself as a scientist in Ecology, an undergraduate degree in this area is a great start for everyone who wish to continue their education in geology, plant science, forestry, mycology, conservation biology, animal biology, soil science, or specific environmental science, such as environmental economics, environmental impacts and public health, sustainable management. Undergraduate degree in Ecology always includes basic courses in Earth and Natural Sciences, which will be a great knowledge background for everyone who wish to connect their lives with any of these disciplines.

Finally, studying Ecology is interesting. Besides core lectures and seminars, students will undertake a lot of practical lessons and fieldwork, so a degree in Ecology is a great choice for those who want something besides sitting in the classrooms.

Best universities to study Ecology

According to QS Top Universities ranking by subject, the best institution to study Ecology (as well as other Environmental Sciences) is University of California, Berkeley, USA. All further information about this university, including entry requirements for international applicants, can be found at the university’s profile on our website. The list of other world leading institutions hosting study programs in Ecology include: Stanford University,  Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, University of Oxford, ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, University of Cambridge, Wageningen University, Imperial College London, National University of Singapore, University of British Columbia, University of Queensland, University of California, Davis. All needed information about these universities can also be found on our website.

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