Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Course Requirements

Required Courses for All Biology Concentrations:

1) Chemistry 120 & 130 General Chemistry (4, 4)
2) Physics 221 & 222 Elements of Physics (4, 4)
3) Math 141 & 142 Calculus I, II (4, 4), or
Math 151 & 152 Mathematics for the Life Sciences I, II (3, 3)
Note that Math 141-142 is recommended for students with a strong interest in quantitative ecology and is prerequisite to several courses that satisfy the EEB Quantitative Requirement.
4) Biology 130 Biodiversity (4), or
Biology 111 and 112 General Botany (4, 4)
5) Biology 140 Organization and Function of the Cell (4),
Biology 240 General Genetics (4), and
Biology 250 General Ecology (4)

The EEB Concentration Consists of 33 Hours:

1) Chemistry Requirement: Chemistry 350. While not required, Chemistry 360-369 is recommended for students that plan to pursue medical professions and the following disciplines within ecology and evolutionary biology: physiological ecology, chemical ecology, environmental toxicology and molecular evolution and systematics. Chemistry 360-369 can be applied to the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology upper division requirements and are listed under the Physiology/Chemical Ecology category below.
2) Quantitative Requirement*: Statistics 201 or Statistics 251. Also one course from (note prerequisites in parentheses): Math 231 (Prereq. Math 141-142); Math 251 (Prereq. Math 141-142); Math 405 (Prereq. Math 141-142 or 151-152); Statistics 320 (Prereq. Statistics 201); Statistics 330 (Prereq. Statistics 201).
*Math 141-142 OR 151-152 can be used to satisfy EEB requirements. However, Math 141-142 is recommended for students with a strong interest in quantitative ecology and is prerequisite to several courses that satisfy the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Quantitative Requirement.
3) Upper Division Courses: A total of 24 additional hours is required at the 300 level or above to include at least 15 hours from Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and at least one course from each of the following categories:
A. Evolution
EEB 410 Plant Evolutionary Morphology (4)
EEB 460 Evolution (4)
EEB 462 Paleoecology (3)
EEB 464 Macroevolution (3)
EEB 495 Evolutionary Ecology (3)
B. Ecology
EEB 421 Community Ecology (3)
EEB 433* Plant Ecology (3)
EEB 446* Introduction to Oceanography (4)
EEB 470* Aquatic Ecology (3)
EEB 484 Conservation Biology (3)
Microbiology 470 Microbial Ecology (3)
C. Organismal Biology
EEB 330 Field Botany (3)
EEB 351 Biodiversity of Fungi (4)
EEB 353* Comparative Vertebrate Biology (4)
EEB 360* Comparative Invertebrate Biology (4)
EEB 380* General Entomology (3)
EEB 414 Plant Anatomy (3)
EEB 450 & 459* Comparative Animal Behavior (3) and Comparative Animal Behavior Laboratory (3)
EEB 461* Special Topics in Organismal Behavior (3)
EEB 473* Herpetology (3)
EEB 474* Ichthyology (4)
D. Physiology/Chemical Ecology
EEB 463* Plant Ecophysiology (3)
BCMB 310 Physiological Chemistry (4)
BCMB 321 Introductory Plant Physiology (4)
BCMB 415 & 416* Foundations in Neurobiology (3) and Neurobiology Laboratory (3)
BCMB 419* Cellular and Comparative Biochemistry Laboratory (2)
BCMB 440 General Physiology (3)
Chemistry 360 & 369* Organic Chemistry (3) and Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2)
Micro 310 & 319* Introduction to Microbiology (2) and Introduction to Microbiology Laboratory (2)
*indicates courses with a lab or field component
Note that students must achieve a grade of C or above for all courses required for the concentration (C- may be petitioned to count).

Honors Option:

The requirements for the Honors Option in the EEB Concentration are as follows:

  1. fulfill all requirements for the major in Biological Sciences with a concentration in EEB,
  2. maintain a GPA of at least 3.5 in all of the 300-level and above courses from the Concentration and an overall GPA of at least 3.2,
  3. pass a minimum of 4 hours of EEB 400, Undergraduate Research, during the junior and senior year,
  4. pass EEB 401, Senior Thesis, and
  5. pass EEB 490, Undergraduate Seminar.

Courses from departments other than EEB that are approved for upper-division credit in the EEB concentration:

Students may elect no more than two courses, regardless of credit hours, from any one department other than EEB. Note that these courses may have prerequisites or corequisites that are not approved for upper-division credit in the Biology EEB concentration.

Animal Science 340 Principles of Animal Breeding (3)
Anthropology 464 Principles of Zooarchaeology (3)
490 Primate Evolution (3)
494 Human Paleontology (4)
496 Biology of Human Variability (3)
BCMB 330 Animal Development and Embryology (3)
331 Animal Development and Embryology Laboratory (3)
410 Cellular and Comparative Biochemistry (4)
419 Cellular and Comparative Biochemistry Laboratory (2)
Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries 311 Dendrology and Silvics of American Trees (3)
Geography 334 Meteorology (3)
411 Computer Mapping and Geographical Information Systems (3)
434 Climatology (3)
435 Biogeography (3)
436 Water Resources (3)
439 Plant Geography of North America (3)
Geology 320 Paleobiology (3)
420 Paleoecology (4)
421 Invertebrate Paleontology (4)
Microbiology 470 Microbial Ecology (3)
Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences 440 Wildlife Techniques (2)
442 Fisheries Techniques (2)
443 Fisheries Science (3)
444 Ecology and Management of Wild Mammals (3)
445 Ecology and Management of Wild Birds (3)

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