Concentration in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Learn Lessons from Darwin, Carson and Beyond

When you add this concentration to your major you will investigate individual organisms, their populations and their ecosystems. Connect your knowledge of each and see their effect on the entire globe.

Courses within the ecology and evolutionary biology concentration focus on the interactions and evolutionary history of organisms and populations of organisms, as well as the biotic and abiotic interactions and functions of ecosystems, biomes and the biosphere.

Many of the classes in this concentration have outdoor labs that will give you hands-on field experiences. That’s right. Field trips.


Your Electives Will Need to Include:

These three classes:

  • BIO 302 Ecology
  • BIO 318 Botany


One of these classes for a minimum of three credits:

  • BIO 323 Mammalogy
  • BIO 324 Ornithology
  • BIO 325 Principles of Wildlife Management


AND one class from each of these lists rounding about 7 credits minimum:

  • BIO 333 Microbiology
  • BIO 344 Immunology
  • BIO 346 Intro. to Molecular and Cell Biology
  • CHM 341 Biochemistry I


  • BIO 220 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 311 Invertebrate Zoology
  • BIO 333 Microbiology

You can find more of the classes you will take in our academic catalog.


Begin Your Career

Apply your skills in public, private and non-profit sectors. Here are a few ideas.

  • Field biology
  • University research
  • Environmental consulting
  • Ecology
  • Pest management


Get to Know Your Professors

Our low student-to-teacher ratio offers valuable one-on-one interaction with professors who care about you and your work.

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