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Biological Sciences

Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology

This area investigates how organisms interact with their physical environment and other organisms, from an evolutionary perspective. Ecologists’ work includes research and/or teaching involving population genetics and evolution, adaptive strategies for survival, the nature of populations, and community ecology. Ecologists also offer technical services in connection with environmental impact decisions and regional planning, and environmental education at various levels as teacher, naturalist or journalist.

Students with a particularly strong interest in the environment may choose to select the environmental science option. This option allows greater latitude in selecting electives to broaden one’s environmental perspective. Students interested in this area may consider programs in interdisciplinary science and theCollege of Agriculture.

Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology Major Requirement — 17-20 credits

Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology Major Courses 10-13 credits
BIOL 58000 (Evolution) (3 cr.); BIOL 58500 (Ecology) (3 cr.) 6 cr.
BIOL 59100 (Field Ecology)*† (3 cr.) or BIOL 59200 (Evolution of Behavior)† (3 cr.); or BIOL 58705 (Animal Communication)† (3 cr.); or BIOL 59500 (Ecological Statistics)† (3 cr.); or BIOL 59500 (Sensory Ecology)† (3 cr.); or BIOL 59700 (Sex and Evolution)† (3 cr.) 3-4 cr.
One of the following:
a. BIOL 49400 (Biology Research) (1-4 cr.) 
b. BIOL 49900 (Biology Honors Thesis Research) (1-4 cr.) 
c. BIOL 59100 (Field Ecology)* (4 cr.)
1-4 cr.
Electives 7 credits
Select from the following:  
BIOL 41500 (Introduction to Molecular Biology) (3 cr.); BIOL 43800 (General Microbiology) (3 cr.); BIOL 43900 (Laboratory in Microbiology) (2 cr.); BIOL 44400 (Human Genetics) (3 cr.); BIOL 47800 (Introduction to Bioinformatics) (3 cr.); BIOL 48100 (Eukaryotic Genetics) (3 cr.); BIOL 48300 (Environmental and Conservation Biology) (3 cr.); BIOL 49300 (Introduction to Ethology) (3 cr.); BIOL 54100 (Genetic Biology) (3 cr.); BIOL 54900 (Microbial Ecology) (2 cr.); BIOL 56200 (Neural Systems) (3 cr.); BIOL 58705 (Animal Communication)† (3 cr.); BIOL 59100 (Field Ecology)† (4 cr.); BIOL 59200 (The Evolution of Behavior)† (3 cr.); BIOL 59500 (Ecological Statistics)† (3 cr.); or BIOL 59500 (Sensory Ecology)† (3 cr.); BIOL 59700 (Sex and Evolution)† (3 cr.); ANSC 51100 (Population Genetics) (3 cr.); ANTH 53500 (Foundations of Biological Anthropology) (3 cr.); ANTH 53600 (Primate Ecology) (3 cr.); BCHM 56100 (General Biochemistry I) (3 cr.); BCHM 56200 (General Biochemistry II) (3 cr.); BTNY 55500 (Aquatic Botany) (3 cr.); EAS 57200 (Paleoecology) (3 cr.); ENTM 50000 (Fundamentals of Entomology) (4 cr.); FNR 50100 (Limnology) (3 cr.); FNR 58100 (Ecological Impact Analysis) (3 cr.)

* BIOL 59100 can satisfy both of these requirements.

† This course cannot be used to satisfy both of these requirements.