Interdisciplinary Core (6–9 credit hours)

TCD offers interdisciplinary core courses in three different categories: tropical conservation and development concepts, conservation and development skills, and research methods. An additional core course, Tropical Conservation and Development Practicum, offers academic credit for professional experience outside the classroom.A list of current TCD course offerings can be found here.

Curriculum requirements

  • MALAS and PhD students must take
    • LAS 6290 (or the equivalent) and
    • LAS 6291 plus
    • One additional core course that can be any of the following: LAS 6290, LAS 6291, LAS 6292, or LAS 6940.
  • Master’s students from affiliate departments must take two core courses:
    • LAS 6290 (or equivalent)
    • LAS 6291.


  • Tropical Conservation and Development Concepts
    • GEO 6938 Management of Protected Areas in Africa and the Americas
    • GEO 6938 Community Conservation and Rural Development in Africa
    • LAS 6943 Development Theory and Practice in Latin America and Africa
    • LAS 6290 The Amazon
    • LAS 6290/FOR 6934 Community Forest Management
    • LAS 6290 Knowledge, Governance and Land Use Dynamics in the Tropics
    • LAS 6290 Ethnoecology and Conservation
    • LAS 6290 Interdisciplinary Research and Practice for Social-Environmental Management
    • LAS 6292 Tropical Gardens-Theory and Practice Pt 1: Creating a Latin American Garden
    • LAS 6938 Power & Environment
  • Conservation and Development Skills
    • LAS 6291 Fundraising for TCD Professionals
    • LAS 6291 Communication and Leadership Skills
    • LAS 6291 Conflict and Collaboration Management
    • LAS 6291 Facilitation Skills for Adaptive Management
    • LAS 6291/WIS 6934 Systematic Planning for Conservation Projects
    • LAW 6930 Conservation Clinic