Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, B.S.

The major in ecology and evolutionary biology provides understanding of the structure and function of organisms and their evolution and ecology. Majors must complete a minimum of 34 credits comprising five core courses and five elective courses of three to four credits each. The core courses are EBIO 101/111 and CELL 101 for a total of seven credits, EBIO 308 and CELL 205 for three credits each, and EBIO 404/414 for four credits. Elective courses are selected according to the interests of the student in consultation with the major advisor. Two of the electives must be designated laboratory or field courses. A maximum of one course representing a special project, independent study, or honors thesis may be counted as an elective, but not as a laboratory-field course. In addition, a student may use a maximum of one course from another department as an elective course, based on a list of approved courses which is available from the departmental office or on the departmental web page ( Courses representing internship studies and seminars may not count as elective courses.

Majors are also required to complete two semesters of mathematics and four semesters of chemistry

Including two semesters of general chemistry

And two semesters of organic chemistry


Additional courses in biological statistics and physics are also highly recommended.

Interdepartmental Courses

Any one of these courses, which are not taught by the faculty of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is acceptable as one of the electives in the required program for the EE Biology major.