Conservation Education & Advocacy

Conservation Education

Every first-year student at the American University of Armenia is required to take an Environmental Science course taught by the ACE. The introductory course is intended to provide students with the skills necessary to educate others about the environment and successfully advocate environmental concerns in their professional careers.We teach a variety of Environmental Science courses.We also offer a certificate program in Environmental Science and extension classes in bird identification and environmental education. All of our courses involve field trips that give students an opportunity to get out into natural areas. A full Master’s Degree program in Environmental Science is planned.

Academic Courses Offered:

  • Ecological Economics
  • Environmental Policy
  • Sustainable Development
  • Environmental Ornithology
  • Environmental Science and Conservation
  • Environmental Field Study
  • Environmental Field Study (Independent Research on Environmental Topics)

The Certificate Program in Environmental Science
and Conservation

This program is offered to second-year students in AUA's MBA, Political Science, Industrial Engineering, Public Health, and Law programs. The Certificate Program provides advanced course work coupled with the completion of an independent research project. As future leaders in Armenia, the students completing the program will become environmental educators for their peers.

On a national level, the Acopian Center for the Environment provides curricular materials and training on environmental conservation to teachers in Armenian elementary and secondary schools.

Conservation Advocacy

The Acopian Center for the Environment participates in environmental meetings, alliances and programs that promote public awareness of environmental problems in the region. We strongly advocate for improved protection of the current reserves and for enhanced environmental legislation and natural resource management in Armenia. Our center hosts conferences on a wide range of environmental issues, for example, the ratification and implementation conference of the Aarhus Convention (in collaboration with the OSCE) and conferences on the use of GIS mapping in environmental conservation.

Nature Identification Training Courses

  • Bird ITC
  • Butterfly ITC
  • Reptile ITC
  • Mammal footprint ITC