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2015-2016 University Catalog 
2015-2016 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, BS

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About the Program

This major investigates how organisms interact with their physical environment and other organisms, from an evolutionary perspective. Ecologists’ work includes research and/or teaching involving population genetics and evolution, adaptive strategies for survival, the nature of populations, and community ecology. Ecologists also offer technical services in connection with environmental impact decisions and regional planning, and environmental education at various levels as teacher, naturalist, or journalist. Common career paths for undergraduate students include graduate study leading to academic positions (research and teaching in small colleges and major universities), technical positions in industry (mostly dealing with environmental assessment), and employment in state and federal environmental agencies.

Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Sciences Website

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Sciences  is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.

Detailed Program Requirements

Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.

120 Credits

Departmental/Program Major Courses (34-41 credits)

*A 2.0 average is required in these courses

*Intermediate Biology Selective (3-4 credits)

Select one; cannot also be used for Major Selectives below

  • Intermediate Biology Selective (Req #9) - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00

*Major Selectives (5-8 credits)

Select one unique course for each: one course may satisfy only one selective

  • Biology Selective (Req # 13) - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • Biology Selective (Req # 14) - Credit Hours: 2.00 - 4.00

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (64-79 credits)

Electives (0-22 credits)

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

Program Requirements

16-18 Credits

Spring 1st Year

16-19 Credits

15 Credits

15 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

16 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

  • Computer Science Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00-4.00
  • PHYS 2 Selective - Credit Hours: 4.00
  • 500 Level Biology Selective (Req #13) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education 3 Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00

14-15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

12-18 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • BIOL 58000 Evolution 
  • Great Issues Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

12-14 Credits


120 semester credits required for Bachelor of Science degree.

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.

Degree Requirements

The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

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