Academics at Prescott College
Many of our students focus their efforts on field-based efforts to protect our planets’ remaining bio-geographical and biological diversities. You can join our students who are practitioner-scholars with an interest in such interdisciplinary programs as applied ecology, environmental conservation, conservation biology and sociology, and/or restoration ecology. Although generally grounded in the natural sciences, our Conservation Science students work in the multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary realms of understanding and solving environmental problems. Our students use diverse methods in their work ranging from participatory-action research to ethnography to sophisticated experimental design to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and mathematical modeling. A common thread among many of our students in this concentration is their inspiration to move beyond a textbook understanding of conservation issues toward a lasting and meaningful change of our natural and social world. Our graduates work in many fields such as interpretation, consultation, research, and community organization and activism. Others continue on with their doctorates.
Academic Elements-Lim Res MA and MSAcademic Elements-Lim Res MA and MS
All incoming Prescott College students are required to participate in New Student Orientation at the beginning of their first semester. During Orientation, you will receive information and experience activities designed to guide you through your specific program. Orientation is a time during which students and faculty from diverse cultures, different areas of study, and with a variety of expertise can come together to build friendships, exchange ideas, and develop cohorts or informal networks to support you through your distance learning journey. Students typically come away from Orientation inspired, energized and ready for the next phase of independent scholarship.
Limited Residency Master’s students attend colloquia on the Prescott campus during each Fall and Spring semester. Each Prescott Colloquium begins on Friday morning and goes until Sunday or Monday afternoon. During the colloquia, students connect with their cohort, make presentations, and contribute to ongoing dialogue and scholarship among peers and faculty. Colloquia also include workshops that address the nuts and bolts of the limited-residency programs and presentations from internationally known keynote speakers.
Life & Career OutcomesLife & Career Outcomes
- Conservation Data Specialist
- Forest Ranger
- Graduate School
- Museum Curator
- Outdoor Business Owner
- Outdoor Program Administrator
- Preserve Manager
- Wilderness Advocate
- Wilderness Educator
Faculty & Mentor GuidesFaculty & Mentor Guides
Academic ResourcesAcademic Resources
Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies
The Kino Bay Center is Prescott College’s field station on the shores of the Gulf of California in Sonora, Mexico. Each year the Kino Bay Center hosts over 450 researchers, students, resident fellows and community visitors from dozens of institutions and community groups from Mexico, the United States and other parts of the world.
The Kino Bay Center facilitates, supports and integrates collaborative efforts promoting sustainable use and conservation of resources in the culturally and biologically rich Midriff Island Region of the Gulf of California. The mission of the Kino Bay Center is to protect priority species and habitats through the integrated application of science, education, information exchange, and community participation. The Center provides high quality opportunities for experiential and field-based education to contribute to research and conservation in the region and to build capacity within local communities for participation in conservation and sustainable development. The Center promotes and models collaborations between people from different cultures and institutions to co-create solutions to complex conservation challenges.
Natural History Institute
The Natural History Institute at Prescott College is dedicated to the multi-disciplinary study of natural history. All students, visitors, and area residents are invited to utilize the Institute as a place to collaborate on projects, share information, pursue research questions and ecological curiosities, and become inspired to better know the world around them.
Resources offered to students and community patrons of the Natural History Institute include:
• Exhibits on art, science, and culture, including the Josephine Michell Arader Natural History Print Collection of historically significant natural history art
• Guest lectures
• Research support
• Outdoor programming
• Archives of field notes and slides from the binational Southwest
• Digital and physical collections of plant, insect, bird and rock specimens of the Mogollon Highlands and adjacent ecoregions