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 Courses Required *
Required Support Courses - Foundation for biological studies

CHEM 121-122; either 341 or 310-319
MATH 210; either 160 or 251
Professional Skills: two courses from AGRI 270 or GEOG 270; GEOG 310, 364

Biology Requirements - General and focused studies in biological sciences

CORE: BIOL 130, 140, 331, 336, 337, 391, and either 410 or 411
Botany: BOT 303 or 306
Zoology: one course from ZOOL 315, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 325, 326, 327, 328, 440
Ecology: BIOL 443; and either BOT 431-432 or ZOOL 441-442

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

14 hours selected from upper-division courses offered by the Department of Biological Sciences, recommended from the following courses: BIOL 418, 444, 475; BOT 302, 303, 305, 306, 431, 432; PLSC 341; SOIL 430; ZOOL 315, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 325, 326, 327, 328, 440, 441, 442, 443
Up to six hours of Biochemistry (BCHE), PLSC 341, or SOIL 430 maybe used to satisfy the elective requirement. Students must earn a grade of C or better in all elective courses.


* 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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