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2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 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

Degree Requirements and Supplemental Information

The full Program Requirements for 2016-17 Ecology Evolution & Environmental Biology  include all Supplemental Information and selective lists of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. These are intended to be printer-friendly, but include less descriptive course detail.

Please see below for program requirements and the necessary degree fulfillments.

120 Credits

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

A College of Science degree is conferred when a student successfully completes all requirements in their degree program.  Students will complete coursework or approved experiential learning activities to meet the following three degree components:

  1. Major
  2. Science Core Curriculum
  3. Free Electives

Students may use any of the following options to meet College of Science degree requirements:

  • Purdue Coursework
  • Ap, IB, and CLEP credit.  The use of AP and IB coursework varies between College of Science degree plans.
  • Transfer Credit. Students should consult the Admissions Transfer Credit Resource page for all available transfer options.

College of Science degree programs vary widely in their approval and use of the proceeding options and thus students are strongly encouraged to work closely with their academic advisors and to regularly consult their MyPurduePlan to view the use of each option in their degree plan. 

Most College of Science degree programs contain free elective credits students may use to pursue courses that relate to their interests or which support their major area of study. The elective area of a degree plan may also be used to complete minors, second majors and certificates such as the Entrepreneurial Certificate. With the exception of courses on the No Count List, any Purdue course may be used to meet the free elective area of a student’s degree plan.

College of Science Core Requirements

All Students starting Purdue University Fall semester, 2007 or later are required to pursue the 2007 Science Core curriculum.

The College of Science Core Curriculum requires the completion of approved coursework and/or experiential learning opportunities in the following academic areas:

Earning Core Curricular Requirements through Experience

Students may meet selected core curriculum requirements through approved experiential learning opportunities. Interested students should contact their academic advisor for more information on this option and incorporating experiential learning into their four-year program of study. For more information on earning requirements through experience, please click here.

Departmental/Program Major Courses (35-41 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 (64-76 credits)

  • CHM 12901 - General Chemistry With A Biological Focus
  • Organic CHM 1 Selective - Credit Hours: 4.00
  • Organic CHM 2 Selective - Credit Hours: 4.00
  • Chemistry Selective - Credit Hours: 4.00
  • PHYS 1 Selective - Select from PHYS 23300  or 17200  (satisfies Science Selective for core) - Credit Hours: 4.00
  • PHYS 2 Selective - Select from PHYS 23400  or 27200  - Credit Hours: 4.00
  • Calculus 1 Selective - Select from MA 16010 , MA 16100 , or MA 16500  - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 5.00 (satisfies Quantitative Reasoning Selective for core)
  • Calculus 2 Selective- Select from MA 16020 , MA 16200 , MA 16600  or MA 17300  - Credit Hours 3.00 - 5.00
  • STAT 50300 - Statistical Methods For Biology
  • Computer Science Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00

  • ENGL 10600 - First-Year Composition (satisfies Written Communication for core); (satisfies Information Literacy Selective for core) or
  • ENGL 10800 - Accelerated First-Year Composition (satisfies Written Communication for core); (satisfies Information Literacy Selective for core)

  • Language & Culture 1 Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Language & Culture 2 Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Language & Culture 3 Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • COM 21700 - Science Writing And Presentation (satisfies Oral Communication for core)
  • General Education 1 Selective (satisfies Human Culture Behavioral/Social Science for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education 2 Selective (satisfies Human Cultures Humanities for core) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education 3 Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Teambuilding & Collaboration Selective - Credit Hours: 0.00 - 3.00
  • Great Issues Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Multidisciplinary Selective - Credit Hours: 1.00 - 3.00

Electives (3-21 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
  • For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website or click here .

Program Requirements

16-18 Credits

Spring 1st Year

16-19 Credits

15 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

14-15 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

16 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

  • 500 Level Biology Selective (Req # 13) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • PHYS 2 Selective - Credit Hours: 4.00 
  • Computer Science Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • Elective: (BIOL 39300  preferred) - Credit Hours: 1.00
  • General Education 3 Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00

14-15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

  • Intermediate Biology Selective (Req #9) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Biology Selective (Req # 14) - Credit Hours: 3.00 -4.00
  • Base Lab Requirement - Credit Hours: 2.00 - 4.00
  • Multidisciplinary Selective - Credit Hours: 1.00 - 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 4.00

13-18 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 Requirement

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

The myPurduePlan powered by DegreeWorks is the knowledge source for specific requirements and completion.

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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