Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Major

Additional Information on the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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 38-39 credits comprising five core courses, five elective courses of three to four credits each, and the capstone requirement.

Core courses
Elective 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 an approved list of courses from other departments as an elective course. 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.