Concentration in Ecology and Environmental Biology

Career Opportunities:

Ecology • Field Technician • Naturalist • Environmental Consulting • and more

Life is filled with change and interaction: organisms interact with other organisms of the same and different species, populations and communities are established and go extinct, and all living things must interact with the physical environment. Ecology and Environmental Biology students are preparing for careers where they will help to monitor, study and understand how the world works by learning specific principles, skills and techniques for ecology and field biology.


Students interested in environmental research in an academic setting or with state or federal agencies should consider this concentration. Those interested in the growing fields of environmentally responsible green industry and technology may also find this concentration appealing.


Course plan for a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Ecology and Environmental Biology


Curriculum Component

Required support courses - Foundation for biological studies




Biology requirements - General and focused studies in biological sciences





Electives - Courses for deeper exploration of the discipline or exploring related areas

Courses Required *

CHEM 121-122; either 341 or 310-319
MATH 210; either 160 or 251
Professional Skills: two courses from AGET 482; CHEM 320; GEOG 310, 364


CORE: BIOL 130-140; 336; 391; 410 or 411 or 412 or 413

Botany: BOT 303

Ecology: BIOL 331; 443; either BOT 431-432 or ZOOL 441-442


17 hours, with 8 or 9 hours selected from the following courses: BIOL 418; 444; 475; BOT 302; 431-432; PLSCI 341*; SOIL 430*; ZOOL 315; 319; 320; 321; 322; 325; 326; 440; 441; 442; 443

Courses taught by the Department of Biological Sciences numbered 300 or above or up to 4 hours of approved courses from other departments (labeled with (*) above). Up to 4 hours of 200 levels courses may be used. Students may not receive credit for both MBIO 251 and 310.



* (students must earn a C or better in all required and elective courses)

Programs of Study

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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

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