Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) deals with the integration of biological systems across all levels of organization, from molecules within cells up through global ecosystems. As such, the department covers a very wide range of topics, from the genetic analysis of complex traits, evolution at the molecular level, phylogenetic analysis, organismal form and function, population and community ecology, genomics, and mathematical modeling.

Undergraduate Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in General Biology (B.S.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (B.S.)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (B.A.)

Curriculum
The course of study includes a core set of courses in genetics, ecology, and evolution. Among the many electives are population genetics, vertebrate diversity, paleontology, environmental biology, introductory physiological ecology, math models in biology, teaching biology, physiological systems, conservation biology, insect behavior, bioinformatics and genomic analysis, vertebrate physiology, marine ecology, functional and evolutionary genomics, phylogenetic biology, plant diversity and evolution, systematic botany, ichthyology, herpetology, ornithology, mammalogy, and animal behavior. Students are strongly encouraged to become involved in independent research, either by working within individual labs or through targeted programs. Students are trained in problem solving, integration of biological concepts across very broad scales, and quantitative methods.

Career Options
A degree in EEB provides exceptional training to work in almost all fields in biology. Graduates have become Forest Service and other government agency officials, crime scene investigators, environmental consultants, research technicians, school teachers, genetic counselors, science writers, zoo technicians and ecotourism guides (to name a few). A significant number of EEB graduates pursue advanced degrees in ecology and evolution and in other areas of biology. Many other graduates go on to medical school, law school, business school, or public health programs.

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Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology